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Re: [SLE] KDE is a community _and_ a DE.
  • From: "Steven T. Hatton" <hattons@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 00:11:08 +0000 (UTC)
  • Message-id: <200511111910.53914.hattons@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Friday 11 November 2005 01:37 pm, Steven T. Hatton wrote:
> I believe a lot of people are thinking of the GNOME/KDE situation in terms
> of which DE is easier to use, or more attractive, stable, installable,
> compatable, etc. If you are thinking in those terms, then you are missing
> the reason I am - and I suspect Mantel is - so upset about the appearant
> decision on the part of Novell to force SuSE to stop funding the KDE. The
> KDE is a community. It's a development team scattered all over the world.
> Sometimes the only common language the people working on a component speak
> well is C++.
> My contributions to the KDE are rather small, and mostly consist of bug
> reports and a few personality conflict resolutions. But those minor
> contributions represent thousands of hours of reading source code, playing
> with software, building from CVS/SVN, reading existing bug reports to find
> out if what I'm reporting is a known issue, learning C++, etc. I have
> never met a single KDE developer face-to-face, but I have been
> corresponding with them for years. I consider them to be my friends.
> Taking an axe to that community isn't just about messing with an
> outstanding software project, it's about hurting my friends.
> Steven

BTW, this is part of what I meant by Novell execs not quite getting it. But
there's more to it than that.


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