[kdepim-users] Identities in Kmail
stan.goodman at hashkedim.com
Mon Sep 15 22:46:37 BST 2008
At 00:22:01 on Tuesday Tuesday 16 September 2008, Ingo Klöcker
<kloecker at kde.org> wrote:
> > decision on the part of the designers. I wonder if they bothered to
> > ask users before deciding.
> No, we didn't. Back in the days we mostly implemented what we needed
> ourselves. Like it or not, but that's how most Free Software is written
> in the beginning of a project. Once all features the developers
> themselves wanted/needed have been implemented, the developers either
> start to listen to the users or they drop out of the project.
> Nowadays, KMail's core developer(s) are chronically overworked and they
> have hardly time for implementing new features. New features are mostly
> developed by "outsiders", e.g. as part of a Google SoC project, and
> obviously those "outsiders" again implement what they need or what they
> think is fun implementing. Other features were implemented by the
> developers working for KDAB for their paying customer.
> So, in the end, the sad truth is that it doesn't matter whether we
> listen to our users or not because we simply do not have enough
> resources to care. Okay, that's a bit too pessimistic. We do listen to
> you and we do care, but still we can't do much about it. Unfortunately,
> email clients aren't sexy anymore (if they ever were).
"Sad" is not nearly a strong enough word. "Cop-out" comes to mind.
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