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  • KDE Might Move To A Three Month Release Schedule

    Phoronix: KDE Might Move To A Three Month Release Schedule

    The KDE project is currently evaluating a proposal to move from a six month release cycle for major releases to future releases coming every three months...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQwNjY

  • #2
    I say good on them. Kernel is ABOUT 3months (technically isnt it usually 8 weeks? 7rc's and 1 week of merging?), firefox is about 3months if I'm remembering correctly, KDE will be on 3months now, MESA is on 3month cycles. Fast moving distros will love it, and slow moving distros dont have to change their plans since every 6 months will still be a new version-- now it will just be jumping from 5.0 to 5.2 then 5.4 every release, instead of 5.0 then 5.1 then 5.2 every release.

    Its better for developers since there's no rush to meet a merge window (if you miss it, oh well, 2 months of stabilization for you then you try again next release-- not 5 months of stabilization) and its better for users since if developers aren't rushed to meet a merge-window then the odds of half-finished code being shipped as stable is less likely.

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    • #3
      Short time release with only what is backed, seems to be a good development model for OSS softwares. Chrome started now all follows. I think this is good and should be spread more, do a quick release and only add features when they are done, not every release have to be ground backing.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
        It seems like they're becoming desperate not to be left behind.
        Desperate enough to not be left behind? BO$$ I know you're an Ubuntu Fanboy, but still... KDE is a great DE, especially in the last few releases its as stable than ever before.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ericg View Post
          Desperate enough to not be left behind? BO$$ I know you're an Ubuntu Fanboy, but still... KDE is a great DE, especially in the last few releases its as stable than ever before.
          Just ignore the troll.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
            It seems like they're becoming desperate not to be left behind.
            Aww And I thought that all the Qt/KDE haters are gone

            Personally, I don't have problem with this. I already use Chakra so bring it on!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ericg View Post
              KDE is a great DE, especially in the last few releases its as stable than ever before.
              Yes! Great! The only drawback is that they are removing features like the background mode of Konsole if we say nothing:
              http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=320783

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
                It seems like they're becoming desperate not to be left behind.
                Yes. They're in the same boat as Mesa and the linux kernel. Dying projects.
                /sarcasm

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                • #9
                  The only reason I'm against this is because KDE is a bit on the heavy side, however, within the past 3 releases I had to have had at least 40MB of disk space saved due to strictly KDE updates. That's HUGE, and if they keep it up, KDE should shrink to a very clean manageable size. I'm glad KDE at this point is focusing more on maintenance than anything. The stability and usability is improving dramatically in every direction. Clean it up a little more so it boots faster and I think more people would be willing to switch. Most people who hate KDE today either haven't tried it in years, used it on a system that really shouldn't be running it (like a netbook), or dislike the appearance (when it's not that hard to change).

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                  • #10
                    Already like the monthly bugfixes that they release.

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