KDE 4, distributors, and bleeding-edge software
Posted Jan 29, 2009 1:11 UTC (Thu) by qg6te2
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But, those people will not/should not be using Fedora. They should find some commercial distribution where they can pay for and receive supported, tested distributions.
I respectfully disagree with this assertion. If one were to pay for a desktop system then the best bang-for-buck is buying a Mac, which has a much more polished and integrated interface. Alas, as we all know it's not open source.
OSS projects like Fedora and KDE have the implied responsibility of not releasing less than half-baked goods, of which KDE 4.0 is a prime example. Continuing this free-wheeling super-bleeding-edge approach carries a high risk of dissuading users, be they new or experienced (ala Torvalds). Suggesting that we should all buy RHEL instead (due to more quality assurances) conveniently side-steps the fact that the people behind Fedora should think more about the trade-off between pain (in the form of unusable software) and newness (i.e. new features).
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