Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Feb 2006 20:15 UTC
KDE Developers on the projects expected to make up the next major version of the K Desktop Environment want KDE 4 to offer features and software interaction beyond what is available now, and better, easier access for users to their files and information. Among the ideas are universally available personal information and a desktop that is tailored for and responds to the things users do most. Ian Geiser, a KDE developer and official US representative for the KDE project, says KDE 4 will most likely be released in late 2006, though internal debate could push the release back to early 2007.
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RE: KDE-free KDE?
by jbauer on Sat 18th Feb 2006 00:28 UTC in reply to "KDE-free KDE?"
jbauer
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2005-07-06

I don't know, but now that Qt4 is GPL on Windows, kdelibs will also be ported and with it the possibility of a Windows port of KDE applications will be opened, so maybe that wrapper would not be useful anyway anymore.

I'd personally like to see AmaroK running on Windows, it's my favourite audio player ever and hopefully someday'll be ported.

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RE[2]: KDE-free KDE?
by werfu on Sat 18th Feb 2006 03:15 in reply to "RE: KDE-free KDE?"
werfu Member since:
2005-09-15

"I'd personally like to see AmaroK running on Windows, it's my favourite audio player ever and hopefully someday'll be ported." - Same thing here, it's simply the best music player ever.

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RE[2]: KDE-free KDE?
by raver31 on Sat 18th Feb 2006 16:35 in reply to "RE: KDE-free KDE?"
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2005-07-06

No, Amarok should never be ported to Windows. Amarok should be just another one of the reasons to switch.

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RE[3]: KDE-free KDE?
by cerbie on Sat 18th Feb 2006 17:05 in reply to "RE[2]: KDE-free KDE?"
cerbie Member since:
2006-01-02

Elitism won't help.

Without Firefox, Thunderbird, OOo, GAIM, PAN, 7-zip, etc., how many people would think about trying a Linux or a BSD; must less swap over to it entirely? More FOSS apps in Windows = more people having an easier time using Linux distros, and thinking more heavily about ditching Windows. If they can't use the other thing, but can use Windows, they'll stick. When they can pop in, use the same apps (and notice they run better), and get some of their work done right away, learning from there, it will be a much more enjoyable experience.

Remember, there are still a ton of people that don't realize that a lot of FOSS software is superior to it's non-free competition (PAN being a prime example, K3b another). In this case, it's not knowing that there is a media library based, bloated (er, feature-rich), music player out there other than iTunes (technically, MMJ and WMP are, but they're laughable compared to Amarok--and I don't even like Amarok).

So, you get them hooked, then they notice, "Oh, it's really made for some thing called KDE on Linux? I can try this CD out that is a full system without installing it?" (the user then downloads some random live CD and tries it out, finding several of their apps there ready to roll, and can then start checking out replacements for others)

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RE[3]: KDE-free KDE?
by jbauer on Sat 18th Feb 2006 23:58 in reply to "RE[2]: KDE-free KDE?"
jbauer Member since:
2005-07-06

"No, Amarok should never be ported to Windows. Amarok should be just another one of the reasons to switch."

Why? If there are no developers willing to do the port, that's fine, I wouldn't like Amarok's development to suffer because of a Windows port. But if that's not the reason, and given the opportunity to run the same programs on both platforms, I think users should have the choice and use whatever they like best. If you really think Linux is a better OS than Windows, then I'm sure you've nothing to fear.

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