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LinuxPlanet: .comment: Putting KDE in Its Place

Jul 26, 2000, 12:37 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

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"Here we are, a few weeks away from the release of a new version of KDE, and once again there's a virtual Trevi Fountain of urination tournaments over where in the Linux file system KDE belongs."

"Unlike a lot of the just-for-the-sake-of-arguing disputes that take place in the Linux world, this one actually matters to a lot of people for real, demonstrable reasons. It is also one place where a single distribution has dictated a standard--out of sheer, brute force, not because that standard is the best answer."

"For the first year or so of its existence, KDE was typically placed in /opt/kde (though some users put it in /usr/local/kde). This made sense for a number of reasons, chief among them that if one wanted to build an incremental upgrade from source, backing up the old, working version was a simple thing, as was restoring it if the compilation didn't go as planned, but waited until, say, kdebase before blowing up. Everyone was happy with the arrangement."

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