A lot of you KDEtards seemed to have pissed your pants when Linus recently said that he switched to Gnome. And then a bunch of other people showed up and tried to say what this says about KDE, or what it means for Gnome, and blah blah blah.
In actuality, this whole situation is just a culmination of one FAIL after another.
First, there was KDE itself. I won’t get into the fact that C++ still makes for a terrible desktop platform from the point of view of anyone who wants to deploy an app. But after a while, even the KDE folks managed to make some people happy, and then they iterated to make a few more happy. There was progress.
Then came KDE 4.0. I’ve already written about how messed up that release was. “Hey everyone! we’re calling it a .0* !”
* it’s not really a .0
Then there was Linus, who for some god forsaken reason uses Fedora. I would already claim FAIL here, but whatever, that’s his choice.
Then there’s KDE 4.0 in Fedora. Apparently, the Fedora folks didn’t get the note about how 4.0 isn’t really 4.0. Oh, but the best part is, there’s a nice little Wiki page that talks about Fedora’s plans to include KDE4 at the time.
What was the supposed “benefit to Fedora”?
KDE 4.0 will be released a few months before Fedora 9, and is already feature-frozen now, therefore we expect this to be a relatively low-risk upgrade (as low-risk as a move to a new major version with significant changes can be). We believe that it is necessary to make this move now to keep in line with Fedora's mission of showcasing leading-edge technology.
Sweet! a low-risk opportunity to showcase leading-edge brokenness. Sign me the fuck up!
Wait, there was a “Test Plan”?
KDE-based Fedora installations will need to be tested very carefully because of the major changes. Anything which doesn't use KDE shouldn't be affected and will thus need no or only minimal retesting.
Uhh, FAIL FAIL FAIL?
So let’s summarize.
- KDE fails for producing a release that nobody wants, and expects everyone to read the fine print after naming it what everyone else in the world would interpret as stable release intended for the masses.
- Fedora fails for underestimating what it means to move to KDE4, and prioritizing shininess over workingness.
- Linus fails for not knowing better. By definition, he’s been around the Linux scene the longest. He should have known.
The best part is, if you read Linus’ actual interview, it’s clear that the man doesn’t give a flying fuck about all this. As usual, it’s all the surrounding clueless freetards with unjustified notions of grandeur that have got their panties in a knot.
BTW, I don’t know whether to write another post about it, but I tried a KDE 4.2 liveCD, and it was another fantastic example of faildom. But hey, at least I could rotate my plasmoids. Using a calculator at 45 degrees is more fun then I ever imagined.