Linked by lemur2 on Thu 26th Jan 2012 22:42 UTC
KDE KDE has announced its latest set of releases, providing major updates to KDE Plasma Workspaces, KDE Applications, and the KDE Platform. Version 4.8 provides many new features, and improved stability, performance and dynamic power management.
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RE[3]: Improvements
by lemur2 on Fri 27th Jan 2012 08:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Improvements"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

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There's not, and there could not be a 'management' to drive the development process. KDE could not force a 'stability release' among its developers.


why not ... wait that might require some discipline.
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Evolution doesn't require discipline, or any kind of organisation or overview, or even any notion of purpose or intent, in order to produce complex and high-performance organisms.

FOSS development progresses in a process described as a "meritocracy", which in some ways is quite similar to the processes of evolution, which in turn has been summarised as "survival of the fittest".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meritocracy#Open_Source

Edited 2012-01-27 08:45 UTC

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RE[4]: Improvements
by lucas_maximus on Fri 27th Jan 2012 09:55 in reply to "RE[3]: Improvements"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

But software isn't an animal ...

Edited 2012-01-27 09:56 UTC

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RE[5]: Improvements
by lemur2 on Fri 27th Jan 2012 10:38 in reply to "RE[4]: Improvements"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

But software isn't an animal ...


True. However, FOSS software development IS a process where there are successive generations (called versions), each one made with largely the same defining code (not DNA but source code) inherited from its parent code of the previous generations, but with incremental small changes which subsequently continue on in the code through later generations only if that code is the best fit for purpose.

Whatever works best, survives to the next generation, and continues to survive in subsequent generations as long as it remains the best.

This is the process of evolution, essentially. The parallels to the process of biological evolution are significant.

Edited 2012-01-27 10:46 UTC

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RE[5]: Improvements
by Soulbender on Fri 27th Jan 2012 11:57 in reply to "RE[4]: Improvements"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Software is an unruly beast.

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