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The Two Elephant Problem

Oct 13, 2009, 14:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dj Walker-Morgan)

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"The first elephant in the room is the existing community and its familiarity with what had already been implemented. The second elephant, which the developers want to bring into the room, is all the changes that they want to incorporate into the project. The difficulty is moving the second elephant into the room without disturbing the first or just filling the room completely with elephant. Elephant Approaches

"There are a number of strategies to approaching the two elephant problem. The "push the new elephant in, in one go" approach is the most radical and disruptive. A new version of the project is presented to the community, complete and ready to roll, and it is up to the community to accept the changes. The danger for the project though is that the first elephant may decide to leave. This was the approach taken by the KDE developers when they committed to creating KDE 4.0. The backlash saw many users sit back on older versions of KDE or look for alternative desktops. It is only now, after a number of subsequent releases, that KDE is winning back friends."

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