Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Feb 2010 19:06 UTC, submitted by diegocg
KDE And there we are, the KDE team has released KDE Software Compilation 4.4, formerly known as, well, KDE. Major new features include social networking and online collaboration integration, the new netbook interface, the KAuth authentication framework, and a lot more.
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Luminair
Member since:
2007-03-30

I agree, KDE SC 4.4 will change the way people use computers. 2010 will finally be the year of linux

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I agree, KDE SC 4.4 will change the way people use computers. 2010 will finally be the year of linux

As much as I love Linux...no, the year of Linux is more likely something around 2035.

First of all, most people don't need Linux; they have Windows which suffices for their needs. Secondly, their software stack is usually tied to a single platform. Third and most important, I still see lots of issues related to video; missing features in open-source drivers, buggy closed-source ones, neither of them being configured the same way etc. Non-geek users just can't tackle with such, and even geek users often do not wish to tackle with such when they can get work done easier on another OS.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I agree, KDE SC 4.4 will change the way people use computers. 2010 will finally be the year of linux As much as I love Linux...no, the year of Linux is more likely something around 2035. First of all, most people don't need Linux; they have Windows which suffices for their needs. Secondly, their software stack is usually tied to a single platform. Third and most important, I still see lots of issues related to video; missing features in open-source drivers, buggy closed-source ones, neither of them being configured the same way etc. Non-geek users just can't tackle with such, and even geek users often do not wish to tackle with such when they can get work done easier on another OS.


All of these possible snags are easily overcome via the simple procedure of pre-installing Linux and an advanced desktop and application set (KDE SC 4.4 is a great start) for the end user on appropriate hardware.

This is, after all, what users get when they buy Windows or Mac. If KDE SC 4.4 were allowed to compete on equal terms (that is, one could buy it pre-installed in a computer shop, and shoppers could compare it side-by-side with a Windows or Mac machine) ... then there would be no contest.

Compare apples with apples, so to speak. Compare each OS under the same means of obtaining it.

Pre-installed, correctly working, properly shop-configured KDE SC 4.4 (plus perhaps a few extra applications outside of KDE SC, such as Firefox, OpenOffice and GIMP) beats shop-bought Windows 7 hands down.

KDE SC 4.4 beats Windows 7 or Mac OSX on functionality (of pre-installed applications), performance (both responsiveness and start-up time), ease-of-use, stability, configurability, ease-of-update, ease-of-expansion and security (via both superior robustness in the first place and via lack of threats against it in the wild). Easily. By a mile.

The only serious competitor would be GNOME, really.

Edited 2010-02-10 02:12 UTC

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MamiyaOtaru Member since:
2005-11-11

even geek users often do not wish to tackle with such when they can get work done easier on another OS.

/me raises hand

I sure tried though. Four or five years, wasted

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I think he was being sarcastic.

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KAMiKAZOW Member since:
2005-07-06

I agree, KDE SC 4.4 will change the way people use computers. 2010 will finally be the year of linux

Linux is just a kernel and it's already being used in millions of devices around the world.
There is no the year of Linux. It's already been several years.
As for the desktop: Linux systems are very well supported these days. Day to day use is no problem any longer. As long as the Linux, KDE and other FOSS communities are healthy, it doesn't matter if Linux systems have an installed base of 1% or 84%.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Hardware companies would rather support a system with 84% share than 1%.

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

2010 will finally be the year of linux


Oh man, I love it when people say that. Most of the tech press stopped after the first ten "Year of the linux"s, but every once in awhile you still hear it.

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ssa2204 Member since:
2006-04-22

"2010 will finally be the year of linux


Oh man, I love it when people say that. Most of the tech press stopped after the first ten "Year of the linux"s, but every once in awhile you still hear it.
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Don't worry, we will hear the same in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.....In the meantime we will still get filled with every excuse and conspiracy theory in the book as to why 2010 was not the year.

Then again the Saints did win the big one, so maybe 2030 will be the year of the Linux desktop.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

2010 is actually reserved as a decadal break from the year of the Linux desktop. It's a time to reflect on years of the Linux desktop in the past.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Yeah, it's just like "Windows in the data center".

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