Community, Identity, Stability

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 πŸ™‚ )

11 Responses to “Community, Identity, Stability”

  1. Framp Says:

    πŸ˜€ KDE 4.4: a brave new world

    loved your post πŸ™‚

  2. Fri13 Says:

    I like a lot the new branding. It makes things clear. Only some old computer users might have problems to adapt, but it is more about attitude problem than habit.

  3. Debianero Rumbero Says:

    Let’s sing that old Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie’s song (we are the world, we are the children) in our way.

    We are key dee-eee, we are releasing
    We are the ones who make killer apps
    So let’s start sharing
    There’s a choice we’re making
    We’re saving out own PCs
    it’s true we’ll share the code,
    not just you and me.

  4. LinuxLover Says:

    Honestly, it all sounds silly. KDE will always stand for “K Desktop Environment”, which IS what the letters of the acronym stand for, to all it’s users. The shift not only sounds silly, but labeling a release “KDE Software Compilation…” is sounds bizarre. Who thinks of this marketing crap? You need to fire them immediately!

    Honestly, starting with the premature release of KDE 4, which has actually turned out to be a wonderful environment, you should really take a hard look at the management running this whole thing. They seem a little off track.

  5. Greg Says:

    Its not about marketing or even being a little off track. Simply put if you look at the statements and attitude of the Kde leadership it seems clear to be a case of megalomania more than anything else. They change the name to feel more important but to the average user they just seem needy.

  6. lefty.crupps Says:

    The whole KDE SC thing is just too much. So now we have the KDE SC 4.4 which is all of the bundled apps together, released in February. Then we have the KDE Plasma Desktop which is the desktop that runs on Linux and BSDs and what, but not the apps. Then we have KDE which is the people and community, but not the software at all. Then we have KDE apps which is the whole of the KDE SC minus the KDE Plasma Desktop, so KDE apps are available for many platforms….

    What poor marketing, IMHO. How about:
    KDE – the desktop.
    KDE Apps – the apps.
    KDE Community – the community.

    I still love KDE but stop going New Coke on us πŸ™‚

  7. Andre Says:

    Ah… so that is what that mythical SC is. Utter marketing bullshit. As a long time KDE user, it just does not make *any* sense to me whatsoever. I agree with a lot of the sentiment above. Small addition to lefty.crupps above:

    KDE desktop – the desktop
    KDE apps – the apps
    KDE ….

    Just call it what it is, by the clearest name you can think of. Done. This Software Compilation thing is just confusing as hell.

  8. Fri13 Says:

    And what is wrong about just using what we now have:

    Plasma Desktop – the desktop.
    Plasma Netbook – the desktop for small devices
    (Plasma Phone – the desktop for cellphones)
    KDE Platform – the KDE technologies
    KDE Apps – the apps using KDE technologies
    KDE – the community developing all software for it.

    You can not call different ways the plasma desktop and plasma netbook with just calling both as KDE. Long time ago, the KDE did not anymore meant Kool Desktop Environment. It became just K Desktop Environment. We do not anymore use K on apps (what is sad) so there is reasons to be called it as K Desktop Environment.

    You do not need to be calling the plasma desktop with it’s full official name “KDE Plasma Desktop”. But you can use the official shorter version “Plasma Desktop”.

    The technology has changed. The focus and development model has changed. Only thing what does not change is old users who do not want to understand the change but tries to grab from the old habits because they are more familiar.

    Same thing is happening on GNOME if they move away from GNU project. But they are trying to keep the old name, even it does not work as acronym anymore (GNOME stands for GNU Network Object Model Environment) if they are not part GNU. So it would became only NOME.

    The KDE re-branding was very much needed to be more accurate, more informative and understand the technology related stuff among different systems. KDE technologies is being used on multiple different software platforms. But only the KDE Platform parts, not plasma desktop or KDE apps. If we want to talk about the technologies, every part has their own names and how they are related to each other.

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  10. Stuart Jarvis Says:

    @Steve: Thanks, I’m honoured that you took on my suggestion about the brands πŸ™‚

    @Some others: Yeah, we should get fired. Except that it’s kind of tricky to fire people you don’t actually employ. I’m hoping KDE will set up MiniTruth and send us all for re-education… We can still clarify some things and help people get used to and use the branding, it’s a work in progress.

    @Fri13: Yep. And thanks πŸ™‚

  11. John Says:

    Love KDE !
    They did a really nice work !

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