Aaron Seigo on the Future of KDE
Apr 14, 2010, 07:03 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)
[ Thanks to James
Maguire for this link. ]
"No one is better qualified to talk about the state of
the KDE desktop than Aaron Seigo. A former member of the board of
KDE e.V, the German non-profit that oversees the project, Seigo is
a lead developer on the desktop. Last weekend, I interviewed him at
the Calgary Open Source Systems Festival, COSSFest, in front of an
audience, on where KDE is today and where it is heading.
"According to Seigo, the large-scale changes that began two
years ago with the release of KDE 4.0 are mostly complete now.
"We've reached the stage with the 4.4 release that happened in
January where we've got this nice feature set on the desktop and we
have applications available for it and some nice refinements in the
look and feel. That's where we are. But where are we going? That's
always the difficult question. Once you've arrived at a place,what
are you going to aim for?"
"Seigo's answer to his own question is that KDE is currently
moving in three directions: adding functionality to the desktop in
both small features and within specific applications, extending the
concept of the social desktop, and the introduction of KDE on to
every possible hardware platform. Each is a small story in