Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Nov 2008 21:45 UTC, submitted by lemur2
KDE The KDE team has released the first beta of KDE 4.2, slated for release coming January. Quite a lot of new features have been added, as well as lots of bug fixes and performance improvements. This release also makes a lot of strides to feature parity with KDE 3.x, by adding those small little features that KDE 3.x users are barely aware of, but which were missed in KDE 4.0/4.1, such as taskbar grouping, multiple rows in the taskbar, panel auto-hiding, a traditional icon desktop through 'full-screen' foderview, and so on.
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RE: speak for yourself
by sbergman27 on Fri 28th Nov 2008 08:53 UTC in reply to "speak for yourself"
sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

Good news is, new releases evolve at the speed of light, quite unlike some other similar projects.

Careful with the cockiness. Last November people were saying that KDE4 was just around the corner. And it's been a year of embarrassment and back-pedaling for KDE4 fans whether they admit it or not. Speed of light? It's November again, and people are saying that KDE4 is just around the corner... again. Maybe 4.2, with its year's worth of additional work, will be up to standard. But "don't count your chickens before they're hatched" is usually good advice. I haven't spent years waiting for my desktop of choice to become ready. It's been most satisfactory the whole time. So like I say. Careful with the cockiness.

Edited 2008-11-28 08:56 UTC

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RE[2]: speak for yourself
by lemur2 on Fri 28th Nov 2008 09:11 in reply to "RE: speak for yourself"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Careful with the cockiness. Last November people were saying that KDE4 was just around the corner. And it's been a year of embarrassment and back-pedaling for KDE4 fans whether they admit it or not. Speed of light?


Everything is relative.

Features are indeed re-appearing (and new ones appearing for the first time) in KDE4 at the speed of light compared to the rate at which the same features appeared in KDE3, or KDE1 or KDE2 for that matter, or equivalent features appear in GNOME, or indeed in OSX or Windows.

KDE4 is far more of a re-write than people realise. It is like a whole new desktop, only it is emerging far, far faster than any desktop project before it that I am aware of.

Personally, I think this speaks volumes as to the quality of the underlying supporting code.

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RE[3]: speak for yourself
by sbergman27 on Fri 28th Nov 2008 09:27 in reply to "RE[2]: speak for yourself"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

And it's been a year of embarrassment and back-pedaling for KDE4 fans whether they admit it or not.

"Everything is relative..."

Thanks for helping make my point. ;-)

KDE4 is far more of a re-write than people realise.

Apparently that's only true when it is convenient from a PR perspective. Because 10 months ago in this very forum, when I referred Aaron Siego to this:

http://tinyurl.com/4gus

he said:

"...except that the article doesn't particularly apply to what we did. the vast majority of the code base did not see a rewrite (don't like new names like 'okular' fool you, for instance), most of the new code was filling in gaps that were never filled in the first place..."

So yeah. I guess when it comes to KDE4 PR everything *is* relative, in a way. Spin aside, yes, KDE4 really was a rewrite. And Joel's advice has proven to be right, again.

Edited 2008-11-28 09:39 UTC

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