Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Aug 2009 00:12 UTC, submitted by rexstuff
KDE The KDE team has released KDE 4.3. This release comes packed with improvements and bug fixes - in fact, over the last six months, 10000 bugs were squashed, 2000 feature requests handled, and 63000 changes were checked in by 700 people. We've already talked about this new release in quite some detail last week, but let's take a look at the most important new features anyway.
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RE[4]: KDE/OS
by molnarcs on Wed 5th Aug 2009 16:29 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: KDE/OS"
molnarcs
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2005-09-10

So why not work with Mandriva - they really seem to be focused on KDE (not that they have a bad GNOME implementation - actually I've read shining reviews of Mandriva from GNOME users as well). I think I read somewhere that KDE is looking for a "shocase" distribution - if that's true, you need to find one that already has a good "baseline". As far as I know (and I have tested the big four - Kubuntu/OpenSuse/Mandriva/Fedora - Mandriva is by far the most polished of all, and they seem to help out with other parts of the KDE software stack (like porting K3B to QT4).

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RE[5]: KDE/OS
by superstoned on Wed 5th Aug 2009 19:18 in reply to "RE[4]: KDE/OS"
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2005-07-07

Aaah, Mandriva. Personally, I like what they do, altough they don't ship KDE vanilla (very very far from it, but the same goes for Suse) and their tools are GTK based. Problem is that Mandriva isn't one of the big boys, and has proven to be a bit unstable (as a company) in the past. And their software infrastructure simply can't hold the candle to the top-three (suse, debian/Ubuntu and Red Hat).

But I wouldn't be against it - it would just take some ppl to push it forward.

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RE[6]: KDE/OS
by molnarcs on Wed 5th Aug 2009 21:29 in reply to "RE[5]: KDE/OS"
molnarcs Member since:
2005-09-10

Aaah, Mandriva. Personally, I like what they do, altough they don't ship KDE vanilla (very very far from it, but the same goes for Suse) and their tools are GTK based. Problem is that Mandriva isn't one of the big boys, and has proven to be a bit unstable (as a company) in the past. And their software infrastructure simply can't hold the candle to the top-three (suse, debian/Ubuntu and Red Hat).

But I wouldn't be against it - it would just take some ppl to push it forward.


I don't know what you mean by the infrastructure. As a user of both for some time (11.1 & 2009 spring) respectively in my experience Mandriva's infrastructure seemed to be better. I had constant timeouts with OpenSuse's mirrors (and I tried a dozen in the area - SE Asia btw), and urpmi seemed far more snappier than zypper.

Also, I think with the past few releases they are getting their focus back. It's true they have been unstable in the past as a company, but if you believe in KDE, if you believe that it can deliver on its promises - isn't Mandriva the best choice? Their size works in your favour, just think about it. If you want to get SuSE doing something, you have to deal with Novell plus all the internal politics of the project. Mandriva still has a good name in the linux market, and recently it had some really positive review. All it needs is a little nag in the right direction (and being smaller than the big three probably means that it could be more responsive).

Assuming you are a KDE developer, why try nudging the big ones, when it's far easier to get things done when you have to deal with fewer people, and with a project that seems to be already focusing on KDE with a recognizable brand name.

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