Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Mar 2008 17:52 UTC, submitted by irbis
KDE Ars takes a look at KDE 4.0.2. "When KDE 4.0 was officially released in January, there were a lot of gaping holes in basic functionality. During the past few months, the codebase has matured considerably, and the environment is steadily approaching the point where it will be sufficiently robust for widespread day-to-day use. Although there are still many features missing, version 4.0.2 - which was released last week - offers an improved user experience. We tested KDE 4.0.2 with the recently released Kubuntu 8.04 alpha 6." In addition, there is a new 'visual changelog' for KDE 4.1.
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RE[3]: Summary
by segedunum on Tue 11th Mar 2008 00:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Summary"
segedunum
Member since:
2005-07-06

Gnome decided against including several kitchen sinks, in favor of providing only one kitchen sink.


What they did was they cut the kitchen sinks, and then left you with a single tap running cold water and no way to empty the water from the sink. You had to think ahead before you added more water, and you had to boil the water yourself because building this feature into the sink might mean that someone could scald themselves.

You can't cull features that Windows and OS X have and then tell everyone you're being usable. That isn't going to wash with the wider desktop using computer world.

But Gnome 2.0 was *never* as embarassing as KDE 4.0.


Gnome 2.x was pretty much unusable for several releases until things like gconf stabilised to an acceptable level, and then from 2.6 or 2.8 onwards everybody's performance dropped through the floor as GTK moved to Cairo and the whole process started again.

As much as you want to pretend otherwise, Gnome 2 didn't get the .0 release right and complete at all - and not for several point releases. KDE at least had the guts to admit that up front, because of course, once .1 stabilises and .2, .3, .4 and onwards add the features that people would really like to see, no one will care about KDE 4.0.

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v RE[4]: Summary
by sbergman27 on Tue 11th Mar 2008 00:39 in reply to "RE[3]: Summary"
RE[5]: Summary
by JMcCarthy on Tue 11th Mar 2008 01:10 in reply to "RE[4]: Summary"
JMcCarthy Member since:
2005-08-12

You missed the point entirely.

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RE[5]: Summary
by segedunum on Tue 11th Mar 2008 18:47 in reply to "RE[4]: Summary"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Whoa, Pardner! KDE released a Point Oh that wasn't even remotely ready.


KDE admitted that .0 releases don't work and people should just admit what they really are. They were correct.

Vista, in a similar situation, actually looks good by comparison.


Vista merely reinforces the point ;-).

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