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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by superstoned on Sat 5th Jan 2008 19:25 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: ..."
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Well, you are right about "KDE 4" having changed meaning over the years. I don't think that's strange - the KDE community didn't have such a very clear picture about what KDE 4 was meant to be 2 years ago. And of course, we dreamed it to be more than it could possibly turn out to be ;-)

I would've loved if KDE 4.0 would have been released a year ago, with all functionality KDE 3.5.8 has. But it didn't, and it was unrealistic to think we could do that.

I'm sure Apple would've wanted Mac OS X to be more than it turned out to be. I'm really really sure MS wanted more from Longhorn than Vista did deliver. But in the end they created those products, they got to name it. Can we please name KDE 4.0 like we wish? It's not like a .0 release which has less functionality in some areas than its predecessor is such a weird thing... Especially in FOSS. And did we under-deliver that badly? Considering there will most likely be a 4.1 release in 6 or 7 months, I'd say no.

I do get your point - maybe communication could've been better. 4.0 isn't incredibly great for the users of KDE 3.5.x, I regret that. But calling it anything but KDE 4.0 wouldn't help our cause either - I think Aaron (and others, including myself) made that pretty clear.

Anyway. What's in a name ;-) KDE 4.0 points toward the future, and I think it's a bright one. I believe that thanks to it, FOSS finally has a chance of really making a stand against the proprietary competition - I think I blogged about that a few times ;)

BTW, Happy new year, Thom... Got all your 10 fingers still attached?

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