WOW. . .those screenshots of 3.1Alpha are fantastic

Derek Fountain fountai at
Fri Jul 12 15:20:50 BST 2002

On Friday 12 July 2002 2:59 pm, Frank Reifenstahl wrote:
> AFAIC, too, that's the point. I just read the KDE 3.1 announcement - it
> gave me the creeps. Leaving ground to visit rainbows, what the hack are
> they doing? A GUI and its desktop should support me WORKING. I don't want a
> kaleidoscopic toy, don't want to get dizzy watching transparent wallpapers
> through transparent buttons through transparent popup windows. I have great
> respect for everyone working at KDE, but listen, I am in dire need for
> STABLE browsers and mail progs.

This used to be discussed a bit on the development lists but hasn't been for 
some time now. The fact is that KDE developers don't have the discipline to 
focus purely on stability. As soon as a release is made, the new development 
tree is opened. The bug reports which the new users of the "stable" system 
supply tend to fall on completely distracted ears.

I remember, oh, must be a couple of years ago, I posted a request to 
kde-devel that the new development tree is left closed for a period after a 
stable release so bug reports in the stable system get complete and rapid 
attention. I just got flamed. My suggestion is how Linus works with the 
development of Linux - sometimes he doesn't open the new development release 
for months, until he's sure the stable tree is really stable. That's why 
Linux is stable and KDE isn't, and, in fact can never be really stable.

Don't waste your breath asking KDE developers to concentrate on stability. 
It's not what they want to do, and as we've seen in recent threads, they are 
only really interested in doing what they want to do.

Given the way things are, KDE users can assist by getting the alphas and 
betas and testing them, and reporting bugs while developers are still focused 
on getting the code right. Waiting until a "stable" KDE release is made is 
too late.

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