Official status of Kubuntu, KDE (Re: oneline article: "Debian Alliance on The Horizon")

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Fri Aug 19 14:26:45 CDT 2005

On Fri, Aug 19, 2005 at 11:17:42AM -0400, Ed Cogburn wrote:

> Jeff Waugh wrote:
> > Ed, taking potshots is not helpful to the discussion
> Oh come on, Jeff, you read Matt's response, he doesn't seem to think I'm
> throwing potshots.  I actually meant it when I said 'no offense'.

For what it's worth, I do think your tone has been unnecessarily harsh.  I
simply chose not to respond to it and to address the facts instead.

> I agree with all that Jeff, but you already knew from the last discussion
> what 'we' think of as "official support" and its not the same as what
> Canonical is currently providing (and that's understandable).  There's no
> point in continually reminding us that KDE is in Canonical's repository,
> we already know that, but its not the same as having equal standing with
> GNOME, and that's what folks like John and I tend to think of as "official
> support".  Let's just agree that we aren't using the same definition for
> "official support" and let it go at that.  :)

So far, the only concrete points you've raised that lead you to believe that
KDE doesn't meet your personal definition of "official support" are:

- Less availability of official pressed CDs
- Distinct branding

I think Jeff has dealt with the branding issue sufficiently.  A vehicle
wearing Opel branding isn't any less a product of General Motors than one
wearing Chevrolet branding.

 - mdz

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