Posted Aug 18, 2012 12:55 UTC (Sat) by man_ls
In reply to: The GNOME project at 15
Parent article: The GNOME project at 15
We have heard the argument that KDE 4.0 was not ready for production before; I remain unconvinced.
When releasing software it is important to follow a set of conventions to your target audience -- in this case Linux distributions. A "x beta", "x rc" or "(x-1).99" version number signals a release not ready for a broad audience; while "stable" or "x.0" marks software ready for distribution. In this case, KDE should have used a different version number than "4.0" if they did not want general distribution. It is not enough to say that the version is experimental somewhere.
Besides, the 4.0 release announcement contains nothing of the sort. It appears to be a bona fide major release intended for public consumption; and the KDE project seems happy that it will be included in major distributions such as Fedora or Debian lenny.
My last argument is that it is the project's responsibility to communicate to distributions. When one recipient misunderstands the message but others get it right it may be the recipient's problem; when most recipients get it wrong then it is clearly the fault of the sender. At least if the sender cares about reaching message recipients.
So please, enough with blaming distributions. A gigantic fiasco it was; so let us accept it and learn from it.
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