Ubuntu/Kubuntu forced it
Suse forced it
Fedora forced it.
I mean shit, you had the choice of not upgrading but support drops after a while.
Even Arch forced it.
Slackware? Forced! But not before some old regulars let Volkerding hold it.
Choice of new software is fixed like most elections.
The fact remains and I repeat: Kubuntu never ever forced KDE 4.0 on anyone because Kubuntu 8.04’s main release shipped KDE 3.5. KDE 4.0 was only available as an unsupported Kubuntu Remix. Proof: http://www.kubuntu.org/news/8.04-release
If your college’s IT department chose to install that remix onto production machines, they are a bunch of retarded monkeys.
I never said 4.0 was forced on anyone. I said GNOME 3 was. Of KDE 4, I said it was a disaster. I also made it plain in a later post that we voluntarily decided to try out the latest and greatest KDE and didn't like what we saw.I haven't given KDE a spin since 4.0 because it was a disaster. It was every bit as usable and customizable as GNOME 3 when it was first forced on people.
I do look forward to your next failed attempt to twist my words into something I never said. I suspect it will hinge on my use of "4.0 / 4.X". But here's a nice nugget for you in the meantime: My first experience with the KDE 4 branch sucked dick. Your championing of it makes me like it even less.
Long story short, when you break my desktop experience by presenting me with a UI that I never wanted after begging me to upgrade, that's bad.
It strikes me that your argument about being free to use alternate DE's is functionally equivalent to denying Microsoft's vendor lock-in strategy. You can, after all, use another OS, so you're not being forced to use .Net or DirectX. Or in the Linux world, Canonical never forced the use of PulseAudio on anybody either, because you could always do a LOT of work and install OSS or finagle pure ALSA into working. Just fine. You know, like it did BEFORE they "improved" the audio stack by making PA the default and releasing it before it was ready.