KDE 4, distributors, and bleeding-edge software
Posted Jan 29, 2009 4:04 UTC (Thu) by malor
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Again: there is an implied promise to a .0 release. If the implied promise didn't exist, there would have been no reason to release as .0. They knew there was a specific meaning, and they took advantage of that to get more testers.
They called it something other than what it was to trick people into testing it that ordinarily would not. They have explicitly admitted this. The facts of the matter are not in question.
The patch notes are irrelevant. Shipping .0 software and then putting in the README "oh, by the way, this isn't .0 software" doesn't change the implied promise, or the deception involved in releasing it that way.
Arguing against this is a stupid waste of time. They've admitted guilt. They just haven't admitted that it was wrong and abusive of their user base. And until they do, I'll be pointing people at GNOME, because that's a dev team that, at least so far, can be trusted to do what's right for users. I don't like their over-simplification of things, but at least if I install a stable release, I know they thought it was actually stable when it went out the door.
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