KDE 4, distributors, and bleeding-edge software
Posted Jan 28, 2009 23:32 UTC (Wed) by malor
Parent article: KDE 4, distributors, and bleeding-edge software
This is not about tricking people either: people seem to forget that the open source method is based on participation not consumption.
That's fine, but I need to know that ahead of time. If it's not ready, and they couldn't get enough testers, putting a 'ready' label on it to get testers WAS tricking them, no matter how loudly he may assert the contrary. He's forcing me to conform to his viewpoint of what my participation should be, without my knowledge or consent. Coercing participation by deception is antithetical to the spirit of voluntary cooperation that makes free software.
I used KDE for many years, and switched after this fiasco, and it's unlikely that I'll ever switch back. I have no problem being asked to volunteer. I have a huge problem with being fooled into doing so. Unless and until they express remorse for this unethical approach to development, and a clear understanding of just how wrong it was, I'll have nothing further to do with their software.
And, really, GNOME works fine. I'd prefer more configurability, but eh, it's good enough. At least I know I can trust it, and that the devs won't falsely label their releases to fool me into being a beta tester.
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