"There is a general consensus that the KDE project, despite its
technical superiority among various desktop environments, has had a
poor PR record, especially in North America. Now that the release
has been delayed a week or so, let's take this opportunity on
dot.kde.org to present and share ideas that will help the KDE PR
and marketing efforts. Just to get us started, here's one idea
which I mentioned to Mosfet:"
"I just looked at ftp://ftp.kde.org/pub/kde/Incoming/gnome.png.
(This is actually what reminded me of KDE's poor public relations
and advertising record compared to the competition.) If KDE can be
configured to look virtually exactly like the competition, why not
advertise that fact when KDE2 is released? Those companies or
organizations who have invested in the look and feel of the
competition can consider the technical superiority of KDE without
worrying about style issues. And the naysayers on /. etc. who talk
about how the competition is prettier can be silenced before they
even start. When the KDE2 release is officially announced, the
folks at /. etc. should have immediate links to screenshots showing
off style compatibility with the competition."
"Look, now that KDE is totally (L)GPL compatible (ok, for some
of us there was never a real problem to begin with but let's not
even go there), why not include a couple of themes using the
competition's icons, etc. (minus the foot) in the standard KDE
distribution? This will make it easier for users to get that look
if they want and then they focus on the technical merits or
demerits. If KDE can include non-standard applications in the
distribution, then why not distribute some non-standard styles as
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