[kde-linux] In KDE4, to set a different background for each of the multiple desktops

Tony Alfrey tonyalfrey at earthlink.net
Fri Dec 25 00:06:48 UTC 2009

Stan Goodman wrote:
> It's a mistake to think, as many do, that the problem is limited to what 
> happened in KDE4; the management culture made KDE4 inevitable. The 
> developers must not be permitted to determine policy, because their 
> interests have nothing to do with the needs of the market. I am an 
> engineer by training and background, and I know for a fact that engineers 
> in charge are a disaster waiting to happen. They need people to assess 
> the market, and guide the development group accordingly.

and herein lies the potential problem with open-source software.
The user has become dependent on an open source product (in this case a 
window manager) and the user, having not paid for the product, has no 
recourse to complain when someone else goes off on a tangent and creates 
a "can of worms".  You were happy with  kde3 and invested your time and 
energy in working with it, only to have others make a decision over 
which you have no market control.  You can bet this wouldn't happen on a 
Mac (which I submit is essentially Free BSD with a window manager and a 
whole lot of integrated apps and libraries that just work).  It is why I 
still use SuSE 9.3 (gasps of horror from the masses) until I see that 
the chaos over kde4 dissipates.

Tony Alfrey
tonyalfrey at earthlink.net
"I'd Rather Be Sailing"

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