Applying a Proprietary Paradigm to an Open System
Dec 13, 2007, 23:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Victor Kinzer)
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"I would like to start off by saying I am a big fan of the open
development model for almost all software. Over the past several
months however I have seen a lot of users, many of them long term
FOSS users, try to apply the proprietary paradigm to open projects.
This is most obvious with KDE 4.0, but I have seen it in a less
dramatic way with other projects. The specific paradigm I speak of
is the x.0 product ready for the masses paradigm. Everything I have
seen of KDE 4.0 tells me that it will not be ready for the masses.
That is not to say it won't be a good product, but it won't be
ready for the masses. Even the people within the KDE development
community have been saying on forums and in blog posts that they
recommend people wait till 4.1 for a really complete user
experience, and recommend distributions wait until 4.1 to include
the code base. This hasn't stopped Kubuntu from including KDE 4.0
code before KDE is even released..."