I'm not quite sure this group fits into the "Linux Luminary" pages, but they might not be far off.
KDE Devs...bless your over-worked. under-appreciated hearts. And I mean that with all my being.
See, I AM a KDE user, albeit a fickle one. When KDE 4.0 came out, I ran, not walked to Distrowatch to find a distro that would have the new KDE as it's backbone.
There were several. I thought it sucked.
There were also several million unified howls of anger, confusion and dis-satisfaction...to include mine.
Dante's Inferno seemed like a Kindergarten field trip in comparison.
So I did what any busy user would do...I switched to Gnome....kicking an screaming mind you....but switched none the same and became fairly comfortable in those confines. With caveat of course...Nautilus could, ahem...use some work.
Nautilus I know Konqueror,
Konqueror is a friend of mine...
and Nautilus, you are most certainly no Konqueror.
So, A close colleague and I have had a running discussion on this for months. Mark Van Kinsley is a business owner and Geek Extrordinaire out of Sidney New York. I also count him as one of my closest friends and confidants.
His advice? "It ain't going away Ken... You are gonna need to learn it eventually."
Whether he or I likes it or not..."not" is often an option, given my insecent requests for help as I am convalescing. He made the trip thousands of miles on his own dime to take part and actually assumed a leadership roll in Lynn Bender's amazing Linux Against Poverty...a project that netted us over 100 usable and fairly up-to-date computers to give away to disadvantaged kids. He and Victor manned the pxe/distro install lab...assuring the whole thing ran smoothly.
Our rare but unified consensus?
KDE 4X isn't going away. If you are going to advocate, teach and mentor Linux Users, it's best to be comfortable and knowledgeable in all Desktop Environments. Van Kinsley is right.
Foolish me...diving in before sounding the depth of the waters.
While I found the initial attempts at "rebuilding" KDE4x to be inadequate as a solid DE, I turned to Gnome as my prime mover. See...the OS is important but only as efficient as the DE that interfaces with it.
There is no other way to look at it. Your desktop environment dictates the mood, speed, appearance and dexterity of your desktop.
Never underestimate my ability to overstate the obvious.
KDE 4X had plenty of the "inter"...it just lacked an easily-recognizable "face". So at least metaphorically, we have (or had) an incomplete DE.
That being said...here as well as other places and loudly by some, more measured and reasonable by others...
Consensus seems to be that KDE4X is fastly reducing it's measurement on the "This-sucks-O-Meter". The Turning Point?
Even after my illness I still find it almost impossible to sleep for 4 hours... given moderate strength pharmaceuticals for insomnia. I don't bother to toss and turn anymore, chasing the sleep I will never capture. It frustrates me.
I just get up and start my day....most days beteween 3 and 4 AM. Just the way it is.
Given that extra time my life is not being wasted in unconsciousness, I read a lot. I read exclusively about matters and decisions within the Linux Community. From the Kernel IRC channels to LXer.com and Carla Schroder's LinuxToday.com.
And from time to time, stumble into jewels like this. Don't gloss this over...within you will find some of the most honest, and heartfelt, if not angry responses by the KDE Dev group to their detractors...and it all makes sense.
I'm not particularly fond of immersing myself into various factions and politics...I have my own mission and I need to concentrate on that. Which of course, leaves little time to do much else.
Unless you are up at 3 AM and the info-mercials have gotten on your very last jangled nerve. That usually draws me to my computer and I begin looking for things I believe to be important.
I have found a new belief...or at least a fairly provable theory.
The KDE guys are:
1 - taking immense heat and facing almost unbearable pressure in making eveyone happy.
2 - fairly well slated for sainthood as none to this point has donned automatic weapons and hunted down some less-than-kind remarks and commenters.
You are stronger men than I. And please...I was just kidding about the automatic weapons. It's beyond absurd to think anyone would obtain automatic weapons to do their critics harm.
They are illegal here...semi-auto's would have to suffice.
At the very best, I am a Linux PowerUser. I can ssh/shell into my home box and use either the terminal or Konqueror to access my files. I can use Telnet, I install 99 percent of my software from the command line and I have even mastered google search via terminal. Not geeky, just easier. I can do a bit more than the regular user, but maybe not near as much as you. But what I can do...and often do with abandon.
I change the l0ok of my desktop to make it a showplace for Linux Demonstrations. I have created some nothing-less-than-stunning environments to demonstrate to New Linux Users...and they've all been KDE presentations.
KDE is working hard to make that not only possible again, but even more beautiful as well.
See...they had some problems at first...and please, I was the first to jump down their throats with file-sharpened Golf Cleats. An act I sincerely apologize for. See, these guys are doing good things...they ARE listening to their users...even the loudest critics that have evolved or shown themselves to be complete Arschloch's. Given some of the unreasonable or pointed posts on the above-linked site, they are not only Arschlochs...
They are Archloch's mit ohren.
Yeah, I have my gripes...KIO's didn't work forever but are getting better. I seem to be one of the only people on earth that actually use my mouse gestures in Konqueror. It was a pleasure to see OpenSuse implement these first. I came to depend greatly on them. Hopefully others will follow suit.
But gripes aside...I have nothing but respect, admiration and even a bit of envy toward the KDE developers. If ever given a chance to ask only one question of them, it wouldn't be about coding or api's.
I would simply ask what substance they take to supress homicidal rage.
Might come in handy some day soon.
Monday, August 31, 2009
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 4:00 AM