Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Jan 2008 20:47 UTC
KDE KDE's Aaron Seigo (who owes me a Martini) wrote about a few often-heard misconceptions and questions regarding KDE 4.0, which is supposed to be released January 11th. "Now that 4.0.0 is tagged and out and that bit of worry and concern is behind me for the moment, I wanted to take a moment to talk really bluntly about 4.0. In particular, I'm going to address some of the common memes in fairly random order that I see about kde 3.5 and 4.0. I'm going to speak bluntly (though not rudely) so prepare yourself."
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To be fair, we also have reasonably large-scale polls like this:

and so claims of GNOME (and Ubuntu) dominance aren't completely without merit. Having said that, it hasn't made one whit of difference to the development of KDE: it's still a *hugely* active project and has a very bright future, IMO.

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elsewhere Member since:

To be fair, we also have reasonably large-scale polls like this:

The problem is the poll lacks any form of statistical relevancy and by it's nature targeted a relatively specific segment of the global userbase.

That's kind of my point, though, that surveys like that are given more validity than merited, which fuels the perception that Gnome has somehow achieved an escape velocity to attract the mainstream market.

Heck, the mere fact the survey was Digg'd renders the results questionable, that's a ferociously Ubuntu-biased userbase... I'm frankly surprised that the polling server didn't bow out under a Digg-effect ;)

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WereCatf Member since:

There's just one thing about such polls: they should rather ask which DE the users use. You can install KDE or GNOME on any of those distros so those numbers really prove nothing either way. And it seems like Ubuntu and Kubuntu are counted as being the same, SuSE and OpenSuSE are counted as being the same, Gentoo doesn't even have any "default DE" to install etc..

So, that was an interesting poll but that can't be used as an indicator about which DE is winning ;)

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KAMiKAZOW Member since:

Well, that poll only covers Linux. DesktopBSD and PC-BSD are both KDE-based.

And then the poll only reached a certain audience:
1.) By getting to the digg front page, probably more North American users participated than people from other regions of the world. At least due Mandrake/Mandriva and SUSE, KDE was more popular in Europe in the past (I don't know about today).

2.) Only a certain audience was reached with this poll. You had to be a geek to even know about that poll.
Do you think that the average eeePC user will participate at 2008's survey?

GNOME might be the most used free software desktop. The thing is, that we just can't know for sure. It's pretty clear that both KDE and GNOME have a huge share of that cake. But how huge? I have no idea.

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superstoned Member since:

Besides that, I'd like to add another point:

3.) As discussed in several places, it seems there has been some tampering with those results. Google if you wanna know more. The short of it is that a few times, huge spikes of submitted votes all favored the combination of OpenSuse, Gnome and Firefox - while we all know from many other polls most OpenSuse users (almost 80%) use KDE.

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