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 segedunum on Sun 6th Jan 2008 22:22 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: ..."
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Hence my solution of giving KDE 4.0 a different name, such as "KDE4 DR1" or something. That would have made it a lot clearer to people exactly what KDE 4.0 is.

What you're doing here is putting your own requirements on what KDE 4.0 is supposed to be in your mind - a complete desktop with your own unspecified functionality and ideas on stability.

In the open source world, and even in the proprietary world, a .0 release is not going to be as functionally complete, or even as stable, as .1, .2, .3, .4 or .5. Open source developers have to accept that fact. Release early release often, until we get to something of good quality that everyone is happy with.

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by DigitalAxis on Mon 7th Jan 2008 01:53 in reply to "RE[6]: ..."
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Well, to some extent, 1.0 releases tend to be pretty darn stable, mostly because many projects seem to go through 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4... 0.11 releases to get to that point, before deciding "Hey, I guess it's final!"

I guess KDE being so open and realistic about it is making things sound like KDE 4.0 isn't intended to be complete and reasonably bug-free, when I imagine it's more likely that KDE will be as bug-free as KDE.ev can make it, knowing deep down that it's not gonna be perfect the first time around, nor will all the side-applications be finished and perfect.

Edited 2008-01-07 01:57

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