Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Jun 2008 09:40 UTC, submitted by tbutler
Linux Back in 2001, there was a company who thought they could launch a sustainable business model around a file manager. They wrote the file manager itself, and figured they could profit from offering online services delivered through the file manager. However, the company ran out of money quickly, and wen they released version 1.0 of their file manager, they had to fire everyone, only to go down a few months later. That company was Eazel, and the file manager was Nautilus. Apparently, some saw this as the demise of the Linux desktop - others didn't.
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About "Vision"
by Christian Paratschek on Sun 1st Jun 2008 16:03 UTC
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I remember a longtime Austrian chancellor who was once quoted saying "Visions? If I have visions, I'll go and see the doctor"

Really, I don't understand what we are talking about here all the time.

GNOME had the usability thing. Call it a vision, I call it a big plan to improve the product. They pretty much did it and now they are improving on what they have. There is still lots left to do, and new things keep popping in as technology advances. That's really enough to keep you busy. Just recently someone announced that HAL will be replaced by a new technology - there IS constant work on GNOME to improve the user experience.

I'll go as far as to say that KDE messed up big time with KDE 4. Right now they lost almost a year (or two?) and we keep hearing that the next version will finally be usable. You call it visions - I call that a disaster! If they don't get their act together pretty soon, KDE might be related to a second tier platform in the future.

And that's a pretty bad vision, I guess...

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RE: About "Vision"
by superstoned on Sun 1st Jun 2008 19:51 in reply to "About "Vision""
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You confuse vision for the future with current state of an actual product ;-)

The focus of the KDE project for the last few years has been on foundations. The target is world domination - through better technology. We want to get ahead of the competition. By making much possible, much will be done. We can try new things, easily and fast - while others would have to spend lots of resources. That's important if you want to innovate. Innovating is risky. Ideas often don't work (I did research, as a psychology student, in this area - one thing I also quoted in my paper is how it takes, on average, 3000 ideas to form one viable product...). The ability to try new things by just tying together some powerful, high-level technologies is much more important than you think. Through it we hope to create something so much better than the competition it will persuade users, companies and governments to follow us and use it.

(we realize there are other factors at work - political, economical etc - but we're a technology project, and let the FSF and SFLC do what they do best, while we focus on what we do best)

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