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Update: OfB.biz: Red Hat to KDE: "Do As I Say, Not As I Do"

Jul 30, 2002, 21:27 (112 Talkback[s])
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"It started seemingly innocuously enough; a letter was received by one member of the KDE development team asking the KDE Project to use RedHat [sic] Linux on machines at LWCE and to display RedHat's shadow man logo on those machines. In exchange, the letter from RedHat explained, KDE would 'benefit from many valuable marketing benefits in our booth, on our website, and in our newsletter.'

"Interested, but a bit concerned due to RedHat's track record with KDE, the developer, Charles Samuels, wrote into a KDE mailing list for opinions on the offer. After a heated discussion, of which many participants had already been burnt by the distribution's disinterest in KDE, Samuels came up with a compromise.

"In his message back to RedHat's Tommy Mann, he said the KDE Project would take the offer if RedHat would provide a system for the KDE booth to show KDE on RedHat with and the company would demonstrate KDE in its own booth. Those in the mailing list discussion were pleased with this, and overall it sounded like a good way to improve relations between the two groups..."

OfB.biz has updated the story:

"In a continuing stream of good news, Todd Bar contacted one of KDE's representitives saying RedHat would provide a system to demo KDE on RedHat with. Rob Kaper, one of the KDE developers who will be at the show, responded excitedly 'This is very generous of them and shows that Red Hat is willing to put effort in cooperating with KDE, which is a good thing.' It is certainly great to see such a good ending come out of this event..."

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