Why KDE4 is called KDE?

Lydia Pintscher lydia at kde.org
Mon Dec 7 21:41:38 GMT 2009

On Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 22:37, Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.

Troll lesson #1: The best troll isn't obvious to a lot of people.

> 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.

Oh come on ;-)


Lydia Pintscher
Amarok community manager
kde.org - amarok.kde.org - kubuntu.org
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