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Canonical pulls the plug on Kubuntu
Posted Feb 7, 2012 12:23 UTC (Tue) by renox (subscriber, #23785)
Maybe you could elaborate?
In quite a few occasions the KDE project seemed to be about "developers want to have fun": nothing bad with this, this is Free software after all, but is-this the "solid vision" you're talking about?
Posted Feb 9, 2012 22:35 UTC (Thu) by blujay (guest, #39961)
But if there is anything the KDE project is short of, it's vision. There may be individuals, like Seigo, who have a vision for their personal ideas and code, but that is not the same as the project having a vision. There is no leadership of the project as a whole. Each developer does what he wants with his own code, including dumping it and leaving it unmaintained when he feels like it, or releasing a complete rewrite that lacks existing functionality. There is no vision for the desktop UI as a whole--it's just a hodgepodge of Plasma applets.
If this trend continues, KDE will fade into obscurity. I don't like the way GNOME has developed GNOME 3, cutting off their face in spite of their nose (think about it), but I will say this: they have a vision and they are executing it. KDE would improve tremendously if the devs would submit, to some extent, to a leadership with vision, and spend a bit more time on the less-fun aspects of coding.
Posted Feb 10, 2012 0:07 UTC (Fri) by ringerc (subscriber, #3071)
Posted Feb 11, 2012 13:43 UTC (Sat) by jospoortvliet (subscriber, #33164)
Volunteers don't do that, period. Not KDE specific at all. KDE IS a project with amazing technology, which is years ahead of any other Desktop thing (be it Windows, Mac or anything Free). It just has nobody doing the polish. Maybe Spark can make a difference there, or somebody else can find a business model - eg 'Balsam Linux', an openSUSE derivative, has afaik such ambitions. I hope they or someone else succeeds at this... Too bad it didn't work out for Kubuntu/canonical (although I personally doubt they ever really tried).
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