Not The Unix Way?
Posted Jul 6, 2007 9:14 UTC (Fri) by Richard_J_Neill
Parent article: Mandriva adds a semantic layer to the KDE 4 desktop
Maybe I'm misunderstanding, but this seems to be a violation of "The Unix Way" i.e. lots of little tools, each good at one thing, *without* complex interdependencies, and where it is easy to change the permutations. Another principle is that (almost) every GUI application has a CLI application at its heart.
An example of this: many photo applications (eg digikam) insist on "importing photos" into their own structures, rather than allowing the user to stick with his own choice of filesystem layout. Will other programs (such as gthumb, which don't impose this) become "second class citizens"? Is there actually a risk of KDE becoming increasingly "incompatible" with the shell?
In particular, I hope KDE doesn't become monolithic: many parts of KDE are excellent (eg kwin,klipper,kdeprint), but there are some bits I prefer to avoid (eg arts,dcop). There are also some excellent KDE apps (eg konsole,konqueror,amarok), but these stand on their own (for instance, konqueror works much better with kmplayer than with kaffeine; amarok is great for playing music, but not for managing it.)
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