Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Jan 2008 22:36 UTC
KDE "The long-awaited KDE 4.0.0 was released last week as scheduled. Even though the expectations - following a couple of less than convincing release candidates - weren't very high and the consensus was that the first release of KDE 4 would be more of a 'technology preview' than a usable desktop environment for general deployment, it's hard not to see the enormous amount of good work that has gone into the new code. As Kubuntu's Jonathan Riddell put it, KDE 4 is the start of something amazing and this is possibly the best definition of the current release - it's here, it's available, but it's nowhere near ready for the prime time. It's a decent start, though. Unsurprisingly, the reaction of distributions was a mixed bag. Below is a summary of information about the availability of KDE 4.0.0 in various distributions."
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Comment by Oliver
by Oliver on Thu 17th Jan 2008 13:23 UTC
Oliver
Member since:
2006-07-15

According to the devs, it's a technology preview for early adopters. The *real* release will be released with the advent of KDE 4.1. So in the end it's massive hype and some distros (usus with Linux) which sell the hype to their greedy users. At the moment I see open source on the path of closed-source software: low quality, massive hype, fault tolerance, false promises.

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RE: Comment by Oliver
by sbergman27 on Thu 17th Jan 2008 18:16 in reply to "Comment by Oliver"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

The *real* release will be released with the advent of KDE 4.1.


Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Why should we believe that 4.1 will be the real deal?

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RE[2]: Comment by Oliver
by gustl on Mon 21st Jan 2008 14:40 in reply to "RE: Comment by Oliver"
gustl Member since:
2006-01-19

Why should you not find out on your own?

* KDE will cost how much?
* There ist time involved? Then wait for the first reviews of early adopters.
* And in case you will not be satisfied: KDE3 will be around until KDE4 matures fully.

You know, there definitely are some differences between Microsoft and KDE. Most notably the one that KDE owes you only as much as you are willing to give to KDE, and for the majority of people on this planet that is - exactly nothing.

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RE: Comment
by Flatland_Spider on Thu 17th Jan 2008 19:59 in reply to "Comment by Oliver"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

I find it ironic that everything that is being said about KDE4 could be said about Windows Vista since it is more Explorer-like by default then anything else. In general terms of course.
(It's buggy, unfinished, beta quality, never should have released, sticking with previous version, it's late, wait for the next update, etc.)

Poor engineering, Poor leadership, Poor management, Poor quality control are all things that contribute to the failure of a product. FOSS may not be a business, but that doesn't mean they can't learn a couple of things from the business sector.

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