[kde-community] Updating our vision

Jos Poortvliet jospoortvliet at gmail.com
Wed Jan 29 23:06:11 UTC 2014

FWIW, i agree with Thomas. Vision discussions often result in long debates
and little outcome. Our manifesto probably being a positive exception due
to a clear ad limited scope and the leadership of who managed it.

I suggest to have and discuss shared ideas in specific areas but refrain
from trying to come with an over-arching and likely over-reaching vision.

sent from my tablet, pls excuse me for brevity and bad spelling
On Jan 29, 2014 9:28 AM, "Thomas Zander" <zander at kde.org> wrote:

> On Tuesday 28 January 2014 21.39.14 Thomas Pfeiffer wrote:
> > when Heiko and me wrote our Human Interface Guideline for product
> > Visions, we  wanted to link to the overall KDE Vision. However, when we
> > looked it up at
> > http://techbase.kde.org/Projects/Usability/Principles/KDE4_Vision we
> > noticed that it is for KDE4 and we haven't found a vision document for
> > the next generation of our products yet. I think the majority of
> > content from the KDE4 vision will still be relevant for the next
> > generation, but we might want to update some parts of it as well.
> That page said "accessed 500 times", for a document written in 2008, I'd
> say its not been read that often.
> A vision makes sense for a big company, to keep everyone towing the party-
> line and avoid people misunderstanding where the leaders are going.
> Its part of the ongoing communication from leaders to underlings.
> In open source, Its tricky. Any vision for something like KDE will be made
> up and not really be carried by the majority of the leaders, since everyone
> contributing to open source is a leader.
> It would make sense to for induvidual projects, any project where they can
> agree on a vision, like in Krita, it will make a powerful communication
> tool to future contributors.
> In short; a vision is useful in itself, but for something as big as KDE, I
> believe its not useful due to the vision itself not being representative.
> --
> Thomas Zander
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