[Kde-hci] [kde-ev-marketing] Suggested release schedule for KDE 4.0

Ellen Reitmayr ellen at kde.org
Fri Mar 9 12:19:40 CET 2007

On Thursday 08 March 2007 19:23, Dominik Haumann wrote:
> On Thursday 08 March 2007, Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
> > > KDE 4.0 will be reviewed as a Vista competitor,
> >
> > that's a marketing issue, and the key is expectation management and clear
> > communication about how the development process works.
> >
> > > and it would make a
> > > disastrous impression if core elements of the user interface are either
> > > not present yet or have an extremely bad usability because of a rushed
> > > schedule. It would also make a disastrous impression if important
> > > desktop applications (e.g. kdepim) are missing from the KDE 4.0 end
> > > user release.
> >
> > it could be disastrous if we try and tell the world that 4.0 is The
> > Release To End All Releases. it doesn't need to be disastrous if we
> > communicate the difference and relationship between KDE4 and the 4.0
> > release milestone.
> this is a very important point Stephan Binner already brought up in his
> blog 'Disambiguation "KDE 4", did you mean "KDE 4.0"?' - see also:
> http://www.kdedevelopers.org/node/2600
> KDE4 != KDE4.0
> very few (users?) are aware of this I fear :)

That's why it is even more important to make sure that KDE4.0 is not a change 
for the worse compared to 3.5.6. 

Apart from bug fixing sessions, I'd really appreciate dedicated usability bug 
fixing sessions for the base system and the major applications. A policy to 
allow (smaller) usability changes in a certain period after feature freeze 
(and regular updates of precompiled kde for the usability people ;-) ) would 
sure be beneficial.

Otherwise I agree that the big plans we've had for KDE4 are meant for the life 
cycle, not the first release.


Ellen Reitmayr
KDE Usability Project
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