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KDE 4 revises the desktop

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on February 08, 2008 09:02 PM
KDE 4.0 as a desktop is a disappointment to me. As a long time linux fan (over 10 years now :) I've changed many WMs and actually prefer simple desktop enviroments (xfce, e17) or none at all. There are two main reasons KDE 4.0 disappointed me:
- a disturbing decision to apply a major version number to a project obviously in heavy development and nowhere near production quality
- configuration infrastructure is so incomplete that the DE is useless to me

The second one would make sense for a beta or a release candidate but not for a major release. It seems to me that the only reason for a major version number was pressure related to exceeded deadlines (that they were self imposed only adds insult to injury). So I simply do not understand the logic of people who claim that you can't expect full functionality from a release that is proclaimed FINAL (therefore it is no longer alpha, beta or rc).

Quote from Wikipedia:
"In principle, in subsequent releases, the major number is increased when there are significant jumps in functionality, the minor number is incremented when only minor features or significant fixes have been added,..."

At this moment there is a loss in functionality compared to 3.5 so this release should at best be a release candidate. That said, KDE 4 will be awesome in a year or so.


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