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Tue Jan 15 21:28:15 GMT 2008
D. Michael McIntyre wrote:
> 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
> I've actually had a bit of a think about it. Dapper is the current LTS,
> 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 soon.
However, Canonical has to package security fixes to 3.5.2 for another 5
months. That is generally going to be much easier while upstream is still
packaging those fixes for 3.5.8, than when upstream is packaging them for
4.x. There's a _huge_ code difference with the major version change.
> 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
> about "Why can't I install the new Firefox on Dapper?" and so forth. A
> support nightmare.
Well, you're right that _that's_ going to happen.
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