The first KDE 4.3.0 release candidate
Posted Jul 2, 2009 14:23 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: The first KDE 4.3.0 release candidate
Parent article: The first KDE 4.3.0 release candidate
This is a bug in *all software developers*. :)
It's not a bug, it's a feature. If you'll take a look on rare software
projects who are trying to fix bugs before starting to add new features
(like Emacs) you'll see that they are invariably in bad shape (Ok, some are
in VERY bad shape) - and they have tons of unofficial patches to add this
or that feature anyway.
Why is that? Features attract users, bugs detract them - and projects
without users either die or become zombie (like Hurd).
That's why KDE developers switched almost entirely to "bugfix mode" when
reaction to KDE 4.0 showed that people are hurt enough to consider
switching to GNOME, XFCE and other projects "en masse". When real danger
passed (how many guys are still consider dropping
KDE today?) they
returned back to normal modus of operandi: adding features and leisurely
fixing bugs. And this is good decision IMO.
Introduction of new features should not sacrifice old
functionality for the sake of developers' whims.
How astute! Sure, new features should attract new user and not hurt old
users too much
. KDE 4.3 looks fine to me: new ideas are interesting
and there are not enough bugs to force exodus of old users. Please answer
honestly: when (not if, but when!) you distribution will drop KDE 3.5
support what'll you do - switch to KDE 4.x (screaming and kicking) or to
GNOME/XFCE/etc? Answer "I'll stick with KDE 3.5" is not an option in a long
run, you know :-)
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