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Re: KDE vs. GNOME on F10

On Wed, 2009-08-05 at 23:51 -0700, Adam Williamson wrote:
> To bring it back to where we came in, we have a problem in that the KDE
> team are following one policy (update to the latest KDE release on the
> basis that it brings in new shiny goodness and fixes more stuff than it
> breaks) while the GNOME team are following the other (don't go to the
> latest point release in the interest of consistency). This doesn't make
> sense - if some parts of the distro are going with the adventurous
> policy, it renders the caution of other parts essentially null and void.
> The caution of the GNOME team doesn't really work, overall, if the
> kernel is following the adventurous policy. Conservative users still
> aren't going to go with Fedora.

If you stop looking at Fedora the repo of packages as a whole, and start
looking at our discrete offerings, such as the Desktop spin and the KDE
spin, you can start to find consistency within each of those spins.  In
the Desktop spin, you're going to see more conservative updates, mostly
focused on pure bugfix releases with some notable exceptions like the
kernel, but even that is fairly conservative.  In the KDE spin you'll
find more aggressive updates.  This does actually match the environments
quite well.  Gnome targets the conservative, the ease of use, the
minimal knobs to twist, the get out of my way and just let me work,
where as KDE is really more about fine tuning and tweaking and turning
one of the 4000 knobs 8° to the left and being more eager to get latest
and greatest stuff.

Perhaps we're failing to define a update policy because we have wildly
divergent audiences, and we should be allowing SIGs that cater to these
audiences define the policy that best suites their respective
constituents.  Defining "Fedora" is so darned hard because it's
different things to so many different people.  Diving down a bit deeper
and defining Fedora Desktop vs Fedora KDE gets a bit easier to do. 

Jesse Keating
Fedora -- Freedom² is a feature!
identi.ca: http://identi.ca/jkeating

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