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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Hmm, well, wouldn't calling it KDE4 0.1 create even more confusion?

They should've called it a developer preview or something, or a DRx release like BeOS used to do. Because that's what it is: a foundation release with all the guts in order, but not used to their fullest potential.

In any case, they should've not yet used the 4.0 moniker. Not because the version number doesn't fit (they've been pretty clear about what 4.0 would be) but because it created unnecessary confusion and agitation that could've been prevented easily. They should have seen this one coming, especially if they planned on making 4.0 a DR from the get-go - which I'm not sure of. I believe 4.0 was supposed to be feature-complete anyway, but due to time constraints, they made it to what it is now.

But I'm not sure about that last bit.

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