Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Mar 2009 18:57 UTC, submitted by Michael
KDE On Friday, KDE officially launched its version of Dell's IdeaStorm - KDE Brainstorm. In less than 24 hours, over 100 new ideas were proposed. "Getting the non-developer and developer communities really communicating is often a challenge, and KDE's approach is a great start. Developers now have an opportunity to hear what end-users want."
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KDE brainstorm
by steampoweredlawn on Wed 25th Mar 2009 23:53 UTC
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2006-09-27

Maybe it's just me, but I haven't gotten that feeling of arrogance from the KDE dev team like apparently everyone else has. We knew from the start that KDE 4 would not be usable until 4.2 or 4.3.

I got the feeling that while everyone is screaming for feature X and feature Y, they're saying "let us finish the base, dammit!"

Now that 4.3 is coming, they open up a brainstorm forum, and have thus far been pretty active and supportive of new user ideas. Check out the "wontfix" section - as of right now there are only 7 posts moved into there, and hundreds of others that the devs and mods have commented on, promoted and added their own suggestions to.

I won't argue that they could have handled the 4.x series better, but the project is coming along very nicely, and now that it's a nearly 100% usable base, they're starting to take user suggestions.

IMO rather than being arrogant, they were simply trying not to let the cart get ahead of the yaak...

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RE: KDE brainstorm
by merkoth on Thu 26th Mar 2009 01:55 in reply to "KDE brainstorm"
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2006-09-22

I think the problem was that a lot of people never got the "KDE4 != KDE4.0" idea around their heads and a lot of confusion arised from that. Unfortunately, that confusion also affected some distro makers who jumped to the KDE4 bandwagon when it clearly wasn't ready for that. Of course, KDE gets all the flak, not the distro.

But we're at 4.2.1 now, I'm amazed to see people still bitching about a product that they don't use anymore (or so they say). I mean, you got burned with 4.0 and decided to drop KDE, fine. Why keep whining months later?

This is getting like the MS bashing, they do it because everyone is doing it.

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RE[2]: KDE brainstorm
by John Blink on Thu 26th Mar 2009 02:33 in reply to "RE: KDE brainstorm"
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2005-10-11

If they jumped to KDE4, you wonder what else is not being tested before packaged and released.

I think we should just all admit, we are continually beta testing, because the platform is always evolving.

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RE[2]: KDE brainstorm
by lemur2 on Thu 26th Mar 2009 02:37 in reply to "RE: KDE brainstorm"
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2007-02-17

This is getting like the MS bashing, they do it because everyone is doing it.


I think there is more of an agenda here than meets they eye.

It possibly has something to do with the fact that KDE 4.2.1 (and presumably later) is faster than GNOME, at least as functional as GNOME, the underlying library (Qt 4.5) is licensed under LGPL, it doesn't include Mono at all, and it is way sexier and more innovative than than GNOME.

I can see where certain parties (perhaps who have made deals with other desktop vendors) possibly wouldn't like that at all. Who knows? There may even be a desire in some circles to unfairly smear the reputation of a new and innovative competing desktop software.

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RE: KDE brainstorm
by pepa on Thu 26th Mar 2009 12:53 in reply to "KDE brainstorm"
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2005-07-08

...the Kart ahead of the yaK..!

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RE[2]: KDE brainstorm
by steampoweredlawn on Thu 26th Mar 2009 17:11 in reply to "RE: KDE brainstorm"
steampoweredlawn Member since:
2006-09-27

:) yes, my bad. There's a town near where I live called Yaak (kootenai indian word for arrow), so by habit I added the extra a.

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