UPDATE: Okay, so this post is over a year old… I have written a new article on this subject here for a little more relevance to today’s situation.
Recently there has been quite a karfuffle surrounding several people’s disagreement over the direction of KDE 4. As many of you know, KDE 4 is not yet complete, and is far different from it’s ancestor, KDE 3. The arguments have seemingly quieted down, and finally there has been some closure on the debate.
What is more important than the arguments between developers, supporters, and die-hard fans is what has taken place:
The KDE project has grown up.
Yes, the project has moved on, accepting KDE 4, and bringing in a whole new era within the KDE project. KDE 3 was and is a legendary desktop, present on many Linux desktops over the past several years. Many, including myself, became fans of the desktop environment. KDE 3 was a desktop for serious power users, and now KDE 4 has become a desktop for the rest of us, including home users. The fact that KDE has moved beyond the geeks with a more simplistic desktop shows a major stepping stone on the way to desktop domination. Simplicity is in, and overcomplication is out.
Of course, many will feel that when average users start using their desktop environment they will no longer be “cool,” much like the discontent some long-time Linux users have with Linux becoming more popular in the actual market place. Either way, the KDE project will move on, and will hopefully have the best of luck with KDE 4.