interesting comment from a poster on phoronix

Alex Barry alex.barry at
Thu Aug 20 13:32:57 BST 2015

I do agree that it's a non-issue, but from another perspective, linux is
notorious for version compatibility issues on a large-ish scale, so it
makes the concept of version numbers to be a little scary, especially for

That's not to say that the Phoronix post is right or wrong, but maybe the
KDE dev team needs to have a friendlier way to describe why some version
numbers bump?  Looking at large changelog-style lists isn't always the best
reading material, and maybe that's the scarier part for end-users.  They
just want to know if they update if that will break everything they have
set up, or if it's worth upgrading to get feature x.

On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 8:06 AM, Kevin Krammer <krammer at> wrote:

> On Thursday, 2015-08-20, 10:37:59, ianseeks wrote:
> >
> >
> > >> "Ahead of the Plasma 5.4 release later this month and after last
> week's
> > >> KDE
> > >> Frameworks 5.13 release is KDE Applications 15.08."
> > >>
> > >> How am I supposed to keep track of these things?!
> >
> > Thats a lot of numbers to keep your eye on when reading about KDE
> From my point of view these kind of comments are very close to troll
> territory.
> So there is one version for KDE's desktop product and one version for *all*
> application products.
> How do users of vendors cope who do not release all their applications in
> one
> go?
> How, for example, do users of Microsoft Office cope with the "problem" that
> Windows has a different version number than Office?
> Are they in panic when Skype does not share the version of one of these
> two?
> Are they close to dispair when .Net or Visual Studio bring in even more
> version numbers to the mix?
> Assuming they cope just fine, only keeping track of versions of products
> they
> themselves use, why would users of KDE software be incapable of doing the
> same?
> For sure users of KDE software have the same intelectual capacity as users
> of
> Microsoft software, do they not?
> Cheers,
> Kevin
> --
> Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
> KDE user support, developer mentoring
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