KDE 4.0.0!

D. Michael McIntyre michael.mcintyre at rosegardenmusic.com
Tue Jan 15 02:18:55 GMT 2008

On Monday 14 January 2008, Derek Broughton wrote:
> It's not "stupid" - how are they going to be able to promise to keep KDE
> 3.5 maintained for 3 years? (or is it 5?)

Well, since you've raised this seemingly very reasonable point several times, 
I've actually had a bit of a think about it.  Dapper is the current LTS, and 
it still has some really old version of KDE.  How have they managed to 
maintain *that* for so long?

I'm not a KDE developer, so I don't have insider knowledge, but I sincerely 
doubt Canonical is getting any special upstream help with maintaining KDE 
3.5.2, so it's just as dead and forgotten as the current 3.5 variant will be 

It's probably not as valid an argument as it seems on the surface.  More 
likely, they are worried that KDE 4.x will become usable in the interim, and 
users will start making a lot of noise like the noises we've heard here 
about "Why can't I install the new Firefox on Dapper?" and so forth.  A 
support nightmare.

But I don't know, and am only speculating.  I'm not really worried about it 
one way or the other anyway, because in spite of of my intention to stick 
with LTS releases, it just hasn't worked out that way.  Not on my computer 
anyway.  My wife is still running Dapper.

D. Michael McIntyre 

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