Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Jan 2009 22:51 UTC
KDE When KDE 4.0 was first released, it was met with quite some criticism. Even though people saw the huge potential, the lack of functionality and stability, as well as quite a few bugs detracted from the experience. The KDE developers continued to work on implementing their relatively radical vision, and with the release of KDE 4.2 creeping ever closer, it seems they're well on their way.
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Contrary to popular belief, Patrick Volkerding is rather fond of KDE4 (and was so early on, even prior to KDE 4.1):

The look of the new [KDE] desktop is stunning, and the use of SVG and hardware acceleration gives (IMHO) even something like MacOS a run for its money in terms of appearance and user-friendliness. We look forward with great anticipation to merging KDE4 when it is mature enough (and it's getting there fast), and then watching it just get better and better.


Currently, KDE4 resides in testing, which is exactly the place it should go in conservative distributions, at least prior to 4.2 (this is consistent with the message from the KDE4 devs, btw., at least if we neglect the first and overly enthusiastic KDE 4.0 press release note which has been discussed and beaten to death now).

KDE4 will likely AFAIK replace KDE3 when Slackware 13.0 arrives (causes for this delay were given in the changelog for 12.2, mainly the desire not to introduce fundamental architectural changes like a new major version of the X server or KDE4 in a minor release), which will probably - given current intervals between releases of Slackware - happen somewhen between KDE 4.3 and 4.4 .

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