If one of the unhappier realities of the Linux publishing
industry is that the vast majority of Linux books are likely being
written in Microsoft Word to satisfy the need editors and
publishers have for rainbow-colored revision copies, one of the
more pleasant facts of the Linux world is that just when you're
cursing the lack of a feature in your almost-favorite app, it pops
up. Or not. As he battles the forces of .doc, Dennis Powell
considers KDE's pending jump to Qt-3.0 and all the happy confusion
(and progress) that might entail.
"But just as we cannot in good manners complain over
the lack of a particular feature when we are using the fine
programs of developers who work in large part for the sheer love of
the art, we also cannot be certain that our heart's desire won't
appear in the CVS tree tomorrow. The aspect of Linux that is at
once both maddening and delightful is that it is constantly being
developed, with the results instantly available. I build the KDE
CVS tree every week or two, and as a result do not know if I ever
actually had KDE-2.2. I know I had versions very close to the
release version, and may have had the actual release for a week or
so, but I'm not sure. I'm currently running a version that
identifies itself as KDE-2.2.1pre.
And if the schedule holds, on Friday the KDE CVS tree's "head"
branch will take a step unlike any it has taken in more than two
years. On that day, the main branch of KDE development will
officially switch to QT-3.0 (well, the current pre-release version
This is a Big Deal. It is the first externally obvious step
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