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What went wrong with the KDE 4 release?

Jul 16, 2008, 12:45 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Finding answers matters because the user revolt -- or the perception of one -- that KDE seems to be facing is almost unprecedented. KDE took a giant technical leap forward in each of its other releases, but the reactions to the 2.0 and 3.0 releases were very different from 4.0's reception. Like the latest release, KDE 2.0 had early performance problems, and some applications were slow to upgrade, but users seemed largely content to wait for improvements. Similarly, although KDE 3.0 was greeted by accusations that the release was mishandled on the kde-devel mailing list, both user and reviewer reactions were generally positive. Nor has any other FOSS project received a backlash like the one facing KDE."

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