Linked by suka on Thu 25th Aug 2011 22:19 UTC
KDE "After years of focusing on further improving KDE4 two weeks ago the developers of the free desktop announced the next big step for their project: KDE Frameworks 5.0. But as long-time developer - and Plasma team leader - Aaron Seigo points out in an interview with, the source-incompatible changes shall be held to a minimum. Also calls Frameworks 5.0 only the "first step", new Applications and Workspace releases are to follow later, Seigo goes on to talk about the chances in the mobile market with Plasma Active and further areas of collaboration with the other big free desktop: GNOME."
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I believe Aaron Seigo "vision" is killing KDE. Plasma in the end, does nothing like was initially told it would, as most users simply do not use activities, plasmoids or even that terrible netbook shell version.

I would agree that a lot of the new interface ideas didn't really catch on. But that was never what Plasma was really about - it was about modernizing the desktop, making sure it would be maintainable, flexible, throwing out a bunch of junky code, and making it easy to add new features/ports when wanted. In that, Plasma has succeeded.

I hope KDE community, as a whole, things better what they want for KDE 5 before entering again in all those "we will rock" sites like plasma and solid did in pre 4.0 era and end up with something that do not have a clear path.

KDE 5 is simply a cleanup version of all the new stuff that got added in KDE 4 so there will be no "we will rock" sites. This has already been decided, and everyone agreed with it.

Also, if plasma was meant to give a long life to KDE, why is that KDE 5 is being announce before a Qt5 (that would require API breaking)?

It's not. KDE5 will depend on Qt5, which has already been announced.

I don't know, I simply do not care anymoure about KDE development, I run it as my defaul DE, but I simply do not use any of its features, not even the menu (just a quick launch widget for my most importants apps, but KDE3 also did that, and was much more faster).

Fair enough, but you should at least try to educate yourself before you start spouting off about it.

Edited 2011-08-26 03:08 UTC

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