[kde-community] finding a clear vision for KDE - first draft for discussion
mgraesslin at kde.org
Fri Feb 5 07:20:22 UTC 2016
On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 10:10:27 AM CET Lydia Pintscher wrote:
> The first draft reads as follows:
> "KDE, through the creation of Free software, enables users to control
> their digital life. KDE software enables privacy, makes simple things
> easy and complex scenarios possible while crossing device boundaries."
In the world of IT we see again and again the introduction of disruptive
technologies which change the field of computing. In the past KDE as a
community mastered some of them great, some of them badly. When KDE started
the world was in the middle of the disruption known as the Internet. KDE
handled it great. Today basically every person connecting to the Internet is
using a KDE technology for that.
The next disruption "mobile" wasn't handled well, though. We were years too
late and still haven't really got there. From our hundreds of applications
only 3 are available on the most important distribution channel for mobile
application. We clearly missed this disruption.
Currently we are again in an disruptive stage. We have the cloud and social
networks. Again we are moving slowly and are not adapting to the disruptive
change. But we had good cards for cloud with e.g. ownCloud. Overall I don't
see any strategy on how to move our applications into the cloud and how to
integrate the cloud better. We were great in the Internet age, but are not
catching up. Similar the social net is not integrated at all into our
products. Thus I would conclude that we are missing this disruption just like
the last one.
Personally I think that we missed them because we didn't have a clear vision
on where to go and were too focused on the good old things.
Thus now my question: How will this vision provide us guidance for the next
disruption? How will we be able to use this vision to be a leader in the next
disruption? Please explain why you think that the vision will help in the next
disruption. If you don't think that the vision is for that please also explain
why you think that. E.g. if you think we shouldn't care about the next
disruption, please explain the reasoning for it.
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