LinuxPlanet: .comment: Guys Named Stephan and MatthiasJul 12, 2000, 13:19 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)
[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]
"Remember the phrase "steep learning curve"? It wasn't all that long ago that whenever the name "Linux" appeared, "steep learning curve" also appeared, as if it were part of the name of the product."
"That's not so much the case anymore, thanks--dare I say it? Okay, I will--to KDE, which no matter your opinion of it is as close to a standard desktop as exists in the Linux world. KDE-1.0 was released two years ago today, and it changed everything for many users."
"It certainly did for this user."
"...When KDE-1.0 was released, the pressures to be like Windows were not there to the extent that they are today. KDE's developers wisely anticipated an influx of Windows users and not only provided for them but showed how the Windows UI could be greatly improved upon. But now there is real, full-time pressure for there to be what amounts to a Windows UI clone for Linux. Much of that pressure is applied to KDE, because KDE is the standard."