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Disappointing Journalism From Newsforge, Yet Again

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 86.143.206.176] on January 14, 2008 10:31 PM
I'm disturbed by a growing trend here at Newsforge where they've displayed a lack of journalistic initiative, especially about KDE, and ended up with entirely the wrong end of the stick. I've said it before and I'll say it again, you can't go around labelling your writers personal ramblings as articles on such a prominant site without meeting some of the basics of journalism. As with the 'closed' Oxygen article, where you don't understand something, as a journalist you should be going to the source and ASKING people questions. If you had done the most rudimentary background research (e.g. read some of the blogs at www.planetkde.org or e-mailed the KDE press team), you would have found that the configuration tools for the 'panel' did not make 4.0.0, but that the 'panel' is indeed fully configurable. The configuration gui is expected in the near future, Aaron says it is now his #1 priority.

Many, many other news sites, reviewers and bloggers have got the message that KDE have been openly communicating for the last few months that 4.0.0 is just that, an 0.0 release and as such will not be feature complete and may suffer from a few rough edges (think Apache 2.0.0 and Linux 2.6.0 for comparison). But for a 0.0 release, it's mightily impressive from a stability and feature viewpoint.

John.

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