The second beta release of KDE Software Compilation 4.4 is coming up in about a week and a half. It’s a long name for a release, but it carries with it additional meanings and allows emphasis in important areas which were not as strongly emphasized before.
KDE is a community, not a software release. Not a desktop environment.
KDE is a brand, part of an Identity. Something to be proud of.
This communications shift also marks a shift in the maturity and stability of the 4.x series of the KDE Software Compilation.
The thing is, ending is better than mending sometimes. People holding put for a return to the days of KDE 3.5 can take note that the time is once again coming to try out the 4 series. History is bunk and, well, progress is lovely isn’t it? Everyone’s happier nowadays. We haven’t any use for old things here. Particularly if they’re beautiful. Beauty is attractive and we don’t want people to be attracted by old things. We want them to like the new ones.
The upcoming 4.4 features subtle animations and visual feedback which is wonderfully pneumatic, a host of new features (I do love new features), elaborate games and more to help increase consumption through your computer.
The wheels of KDE must turn steadily, but cannot turn untended. There must be people to tend them, people as steady as the wheels themselves to help test new releases, and ensure that all is going well. The whole 900 meters (or more?) or more of conditioning the new release. It’s great being a Beta tester. You get to wear blue t-shirts as a real contributor, a real part of KDE. Happy and good.
You get to try out all the latest features and toys in the upcoming release. Never put off til tomorrow the fun you can have today. Nothing can be achieved without perseverance, and help is always welcome to achieve the best and a Fordly level of quality with the new release.
(As some of you can no doubt guess, I finished my book today, so I thought I’d action Stuarts suggestion. This has nothing to do with official KDE communications 🙂 )