Why KDE4 is called KDE?

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at gmx.at
Thu Dec 10 20:24:33 GMT 2009

On Thursday, 2009-12-10, Duncan wrote:
> Lydia Pintscher posted on Thu, 10 Dec 2009 10:24:53 +0100 as excerpted:
> >> One person yes. A group no. A group can accomplish a great deal. Look
> >> at Ardour or Rosegarden or the Gimp or K3b. One man couldn't write and
> >> maintain those. A group does and can.  All of them arose from
> >> dissatisfaction with what existed out there at the time. There is a
> >> great deal of dissatisfaction with KDE 4. Thus a fertile bed for a
> >> split. Depends on whether the right people get involved or not.
> >
> > You have a completely wrong idea about how many people are working on
> > K3B.
> I was going to point that out too... but then remembered that after all,
> k3b is a kde app, using kde services, etc.  The modular nature of kde
> makes it possible to do what k3b does with only a single coder... except
> because it's built on kde, it's really /not/ a single coder. =:^)

Exactly! :)

> But that of course plays right into the related point, that /because/ kde
> is so modularized, it's relatively easy to replace various individual
> parts -- and actually, that is already being done with plasma, with
> plasma-desktop being replaceable with plasma-netbook or whatever that
> "newspaper mode" shell is called.

Yes, I think Plasma Netbook (Workspace) is the correct name.

> Talking about which...  I'm so far behind on my kde-planet and related
> feeds it's pitiful, but is that netbook shell going to make it for 4.4?
> I have a netbook on which I plan to put kde (Gentoo based) at some point,
> so what I've read about that has sounded /real/ interesting!

Don't know to that certain either, but I think it will only be at a preview 
stage at the time of the main release.


Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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