Re: KDE release cycles?
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What would be of more interest to many is pure bug fix releases rather
than new features. I for instance am running
Platform Version 4.6.00 (4.6.0) "release 6"
AND in real terms am having no problems other than the type ahead at
times and the up to 5sec machine freezes. Kmail is functioning as it did
on 3.x as well. I understand this release was purely aimed at bug fixing.
I didn't upgrade from 3.x until this one cropped up and rumour had it
that a certain distro was offering the most stable version available.
Kevin suggested a much earlier release but a prowl around the web
suggested otherwise so I waited as painful as that was.
The only major problem following the upgrade was kde derived updates.
Early on so not a problem I re installed. I think that kde delving into that
area is making a rod for it's own back. It's best left to the distro's and
kde's involvement will discourage them from maintaining their update
software. As disto's play with the software they install there is no other
sensible option other than to leave it to them really. Blame goes where
it should then when machines fall over. The other problem was graphics.
Big deal I had to fit a far more up to date card and use the manufacturers
driver as the os one is a joke. My view on that aspect with things like
graphics cards is that it good that they support Linux.
>From the bleating there also seems to be a need for a far more difficult
release. One that addresses software that performs poorly. I'm amazed
that the same old bleating is still going on given that it seems to be a
major part of kde's functionality. Of course this sort of work and bug
fixing isn't as popular with devs most of who are probably very keen
on adding their personal favourite new feature. It seems the real problem
is discipline augmented by some distro's devs not doing all that they
could. I remember a posting on here - oh what we need is a daemon.
My thought was oh no. It had been pointed out that kde was a c++
wrapper for app programmers. Has it lost it's course?
One aspect that has disturbed me is sudden changes in kde that just
happen. How? As a for instance the hemariod suddenly changed to a sort
of far more objectionable vertical tab far right screen somewhat above
centre. There have been others. None related to updates,
I'm shortly going to use the root desktop to install a printer. Reasonable
thing to do. The manufacturers provide a graphical installer. Wonder
what problems I will have. Last time I looked on 3 it was so crippled as
to be useless. As some one pointed out at the time care is needed when
running as root however it's presented. The console should unlike
windoze always be their but always running a machine like that is truly
old hat and belongs in the stone ages.
:-) Looking at the final results in the KDE 4 area what do we have?
Well the same underlying functionality presented in several different ways.
I fully understand why complete rewrites crop up eventually but they
occur far less frequently if due thought is given to the structure and
documentation. I hope some one some where has learnt from the
experience. Leaves me wondering what happens after version
4.9.9 release 99. Will people feel it's possible to go to 4.10.0 or will
version 5 spring to life and maybe open another can of worms.
> April 3: 4.8.2 release THIS WEEK! =:^)
> May 1: 4.8.3 release
> May 3: first 4.9 developer deadline, soft feature freeze
> May 30: 4.9 beta1 prerelease
> June 5: 4.8.4 release, final scheduled 4.8
> June 13: 4.9 beta2 prerelease
> June 27: 4.9 rc1 prerelease
> July 11: 4.9 rc2 prerelease
> August 1: 4.9.0 release
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