KDE 4, distributors, and bleeding-edge software
Posted Jan 29, 2009 0:37 UTC (Thu) by malor
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Of course it is. It's the fundamental social contract that a .0 release is "done", as much as possible. Obviously, there will be bugs, but .0 means "this is feature complete, and we think it's ready for general use".
If it's not done, you don't make it a .0 release. You call it an RC, or, more honestly in this case, a beta.
They knew that. Everyone knows that. But they deliberately called it 4.0 anyway to get testers. They've clearly and unambiguously admitted this: they thought calling it a beta wouldn't attract enough testers. Instead of being honest and asking for more help, they lied to get the help instead. A .0 release would be more broadly taken up, and too bad for the users.
This is purposeful deception, no matter what they put in the README. They tried to force contribution via deception, rather than asking for voluntary participation. That's about as unethical as you get in free software, short of stealing code outright.
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