LinuxAndMain is hosting a story, describing the begining up to today the growing problems between the KDE Project and Red Hat. Apparently, the latest news is that Red Hat sees KDE as “kde* crapland”.Our Take: In my not so humble opinion, both sides are correct and wrong at the same time. KDE is definately not a “crapland”, although someone might call it a bit too “loaded”. KDE is not perfect and Gnome is not either. Neither Red Hat is.
On the other hand, the KDE guys should not get angry if Red Hat is making changes to the default KDE to change the single click to double click etc. Their software is GPL and everyone is free to do whatever he/she wants with it, as long they provide the changes back. Now, Red Hat is trying to enter the desktop market and very correctly, they have figured as much that they need to “unify” looks and behaviors of the two popular DEs, Gnome and KDE. This is for their best interest as a company and for the best interest of their users in the long run. KDE developers want Red Hat to use KDE “as is”, which is simply not an option for a modern desktop distro, that tries to make a difference, mostly for consistency issues with Gnome (Gnome also received changes, not just KDE). I am with Red Hat on this particular UI/usability issue. If I had a company that needed to make things right, I would try to unify the two DEs too and provide a sensible desktop to my users. Red Hat has the money and resources to make that possible, and they are going for it. End of story.
Where Red Hat is wrong is in their well known arrogance. Calling KDE a crapland, really deserves to change the KDE license to something like: “It’s GPL for everyone, except for Red Hat, Inc. We ask $5 million if you are Red Hat and want to use our code, please. Huh!”