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Linux Orbit: KDE and the Problem with Upgrades

Feb 12, 2001, 06:54 (64 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by gonzojohn)

[ Thanks to John Gowin for this link. ]

"What prompted this editorial was what I recently read in an article on ZDNet that reviewed some of the big news at the recent LinuxWorld conference in New York City. The focus of the article was mostly GNOME oriented, with special attention paid to Eazel and their final pre-release of Nautilus and Ximian's upcoming release of the Red Carpet package manager. In the article, the author voiced a small complaint about stability in GNOME, and although it wasn't the focus of the article, the users commenting on the article took it up as the the main point. The first response to the article was something along the lines of

"If you want stability, you should have gone to the KDE booth. KDE is years ahead of GNOME in features and stability, just try it and see."

"And other replies chimed in with similar sentiments, albeit maybe less eloquently put. ("KDE rulez!" is hardly an editorial response.) But after reading a few of these comments, I started thinking about my KDE 2.0 upgrade experience, and scratching my head in bewilderment."

"I remember when Helix Code, now Ximian was formed and they released the first version of their tools packaged with GNOME 1.2. This was back in March of 2000, and I was truly impressed with how soothly the installation went. In fact, I wrote an article to that effect, that this was the way things should work when you upgrade software."

"We've now gotten to mid-February 2001, more than 11 months later, and my question is this: is KDE paying any attention?"

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