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Torvalds, KDE 4, and the Media Circus

Jan 27, 2009, 15:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Torvalds’ comment produced a flood of response across the web, including an apologia from leading KDE developer Aaron Seigo. And, as often happens in online discussions, both sides seem to have grabbed hold of part of the truth while ignoring the rest, with much of the distortion due to misrepresentations in the free software press.

"Torvalds' comments came near the end of an article by Rodney Gedda for Computerworld. Asked how KDE 4 had affected him as a user, Torvalds replied by referring to his personal experience, as well as the fact that the KDE 4 series of releases is a major break from the previous version, and sometimes lacks backwards compatibility:

""I used to be a KDE user. I thought KDE 4.0 was such a disaster I switched to GNOME. I hate the fact that my right button doesn't do what I want it to do. But the whole "break everything" model is painful for users and they can choose to use something else.""

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