Why KDE4 is called KDE?

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Mon Dec 7 21:37:09 GMT 2009

>> So why is it called KDE? Why not another new name?
>> That would be more fair.
> If you have a specific question will try to help you.  Please don't waste our
> time with this FUD.

Anne, that was not FUD. In fact, it was not even the typical anti-KDE4
rant that usually begins or ends with that question. This time, it was
a legitimate question asked in a refreshingly non-trollish manner.

The truth is, KDE 4 breaks with KDE 3, KDE 2, and KDE [1||0] in many
important aspects, the most important of which is the core philosophy
of the project. KDE =< 3 was all about the users: it had many options
and had many "tricks" to make life easier. The user could customize it
to his exact needs. That was the whole "KDE thing": customization and
usability. KDE 4 breaks with that tradition. I know the reasons why. I
even agree with most of them. However, the simple fact remains that
KDE 4 breaks with the traditional KDE philosophy. Therefore, calling
it "KDE" implies things that KDE 4 does not provide. A different name
would have been wholly appropriate. And suggesting such is _not_
trolling, even though many trolls have done that in the past.

Dotan Cohen

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