KDE 4.1.2.....

Kishore kitts.mailinglists at gmail.com
Mon Oct 6 16:08:35 BST 2008

On Monday 06 Oct 2008 7:41:16 pm Frank Reifenstahl wrote:
> > On Monday 06 October 2008 10:23:04 I.s,baran Ak├žay?r wrote:
> >> I love and enjoy using kde4 ( a normal user would not definitely )
> >>
> >> thanks for your work btw, but i think the same about versioning, to
> >>
> >> early to say even "it works" or "stable"
> >
> > Just a couple of comments about this curiously unhelpful thread -
> >
> > The KDE team distributed KDE 4.0 as a developer distribution. If
> > packagers made the decision to include it in their distros, that has
> > helped and hindered the team in equal amounts, I think.
> >
> > Second - the stability and state of things working does vary enormously
> > according to your distro, and possibly the combination of your hardware
> > and distro. I know this to be a fact, as I have two distros running KDE4
> > at the moment and have had a third one not long ago. One of those is
> > considerably more stable than the other two.
> >
> > It would be sensible, before writing this kind of criticism, to
> > acknowledge that many factors, including human failure, may contribute
> > to problems.
> I am running KDE since its first days of availability and it helps me a
> lot doing my everday work as a software developer and administrator.
> Thank you a lot! But I can't help thinking that with KDE4 we witness a
> change of philosophy. Up to now I was struck that the Opensource
> community prefers a reserved approach regarding the announcement of
> improvements. Changes to the first digit of the version number were
> somehow hold sacred.

I agree with you at some level as i can see that several applications that are 
rather well and stable still refrain from calling it just than. Anyway, i wont 
argue of whether KDE did the right right thing with calling 4.0 as 4.0 but i 
know that 4.1.2 would not have been as good as it is today had that not 
happened. While i would agree that 4.0 had its issues and i would not have 
recommended it to everybody i can confidently promote the current version. It 
does have it's issues but no more than one would expect from most other DE. On 
the brighter side it has more good than bad. although it has issues i stick to 
it cause i can not do without the good things that it has to offer.

> I still wonder about the stubbornness of the KDE team trying to make us
> believe distributing a developer version as a dot zero is quite normal
> and ok. The next thing to happen is that BMW announces a new car for the
> experienced driver. A car without steering wheel and a missing wheel
> front right. Your own fault if you bought one.
> I hope you can see my point. Faith banks on reliability.

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