"Torvalds’ comment produced a flood of response across the
web, including an apologia from leading KDE developer Aaron Seigo.
And, as often happens in online discussions, both sides seem to
have grabbed hold of part of the truth while ignoring the rest,
with much of the distortion due to misrepresentations in the free
"Torvalds' comments came near the end of an article by Rodney
Gedda for Computerworld. Asked how KDE 4 had affected him as a
user, Torvalds replied by referring to his personal experience, as
well as the fact that the KDE 4 series of releases is a major break
from the previous version, and sometimes lacks backwards
""I used to be a KDE user. I thought KDE 4.0 was such a disaster
I switched to GNOME. I hate the fact that my right button doesn't
do what I want it to do. But the whole "break everything" model is
painful for users and they can choose to use something else.""