The case for a kdelibs 4.8

Martin Gräßlin mgraesslin at
Sat Oct 1 07:27:02 BST 2011

On Saturday 01 October 2011 00:12:05 Arne Babenhauserheide wrote:
> Am Freitag, 30. September 2011, 10:07:27 schrieb Aaron J. Seigo:
> >  will say "Platform 4.7, Plasma 
> > Workspaces 4.8 and application updates" (or something along those lines).
> > that  was not just a marketing ploy, but an attempt to align our public
> > communication with the realities that already existed in KDE development.
> I hope I am not the first to note that this sounds really horrible. 
> Take this message: 
> 	KDE releases 4.8: Platform and Workspaces got some spectacular changes, 
> while applications received much polish.
> In a blog, this becomes
> 	YAY! KDE releases 4.8!
> Take your example. It becomes: 
> 	Plasma 4.8 released!
> Well, where is KDE in that? Suddenly the community it is all about becomes a 
> sidenote. 
> And a newspaper will likely only see “hm, some stuff our readers won’t 
> understand” instead of “new version of the tools from KDE!”
> There is a reason why Apple releases MacOSX 10.8 and not “Xcode 4.1, Apple 
> Mach 1.3, Quartz 4.7, …”
One of the main reasons for the rebranding was to realize that "KDE" is not one product, but a community that 
produces multiple products among them a desktop environment (Plasma). What you just try to tell us is that the 
complete rebranding is nonsense and we should go back to talking just about KDE for everything bringing the users 
back to assuming they need Plasma in order to use KMail.

I really like the fact that finally we have a release where it will be clear that KDE is the community and not one large 
product. All those who did not get it yet, might finally understand it if we write a really good release announcement.

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