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Free Software Magazine: Why Does KDE Use Slaves?

Feb 16, 2007, 02:30 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jabari Zakiya)


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"KDE will soon be releasing version 4.0 of its desktop environment. But KDE has a deep, dark secret--it engages in slavery. Actually it's not a secret, they tell you straight up, they use slaves throughout its infrastructure. And since February is Black History Month in the U.S., I feel compelled to speak out against this injustice. Slavery anywhere is a threat to freedom everywhere, even in software.

"For those of you who don't know KDE uses routines it calls IO-Slaves to perform various interface tasks. When I first heard (about 3-4 years ago) that KDE named these routines 'slaves' I thought to myself, here we go again. I went onto some KDE forums to get them to use some other terminology for these routines. I (and others) obviously couldn't convince them to change this terminology then, but maybe I can tweak their consciousness now to reconsider the message they are putting out behind the use of the slave paradigm..."

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