Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Mar 2009 18:43 UTC, submitted by elsewhere
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Any discussion about GNOME vs. KDE is sure to end in tears. It's basically impossible to discuss which of these two Free desktop environments is better than the other, mostly because they cater to different types of people, with different needs and expectatotions. As such, Bruce Byfield decided to look at the two platforms from a different perspective: if we consider their developmental processes, which of the two is most likely to be more successful in the coming years?
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I call BS
by VistaUser on Mon 30th Mar 2009 19:19 UTC
VistaUser
Member since:
2008-03-08

During the 3.x series, KDE also was incrementally developed.

And current gnome, while incrementally developed, is very different from the original 2.0 release - many components have been rewritten, refactored or replaced.

When Gnome 3 is released, it may also once again be a major jump, however it would be one that is already being prototyped and written in parallel to normal gnome incremental development.

But if it is planned well, the jump should not be all that jarring for the users and there need not be a loss of functionality.

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RE: I call BS
by KAMiKAZOW on Tue 31st Mar 2009 00:47 in reply to "I call BS"
KAMiKAZOW Member since:
2005-07-06

The aim of GNOME 3 is to eliminate legacy APIs and hence break compatibility. GNOME 3 won't be a KDE 4.x-like release with a ton of new paragigms.

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RE: I call BS
by boudewijn on Tue 31st Mar 2009 07:50 in reply to "I call BS"
boudewijn Member since:
2006-03-05

You could even make a very strong case that KDE has been developed in incremental steps from KDE 2.0 to KDE 3.5.10 -- that is from October 2000 to August 2008. The change from KDE 1 to KDE 2 was quite comparable to the change from KDE 3 to KDE 4; nonetheless the impression that everything was thrown away and developed from scratch is quite wrong. Someone really ought to do some research how much code has been kept over the years and through all transitions, but it is considerable.

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