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Any hope of KDE 3.5 in F10?



QUESTION TO DEVELOPERS: Is there any hope of a full KDE 3.5
in F10, plus an upgrade path from F8 to F10 that preserves
KDE 3.5 configurations?

KDE 4.0 is incomplete and not suitable for most users.

KDE 4.1 will be incomplete and not suitable for most users.

The KDE devels are debating whether KDE 4.2 will be usable.
The pro-plasma crowd argue that it is theoretically possible
to implement a desktop by KDE 4.2, but that everyone should
change to using the folderview and forget about real desktops.
Probably control center will be fixed by KDE 4.2.  It's
debatable whether Dolphin will ever have the usability that
KDE 3.5 Konqueror had, but if it does it won't be until KDE 4.2
at the earliest.  F9 already includes a usable KMenu to replace
the KDE 4.0 joke, although the usable KMenu is not the default.

I'm not a KDE developer but I do have users that need to get
work done and they are not interested in a religious conversion
to plasmoids.  After reading a lot of KDE developer discussions
my best guess is that KDE 4.3 is the earliest possibility for
most KDE users, but no guarantees.

This puts us in something of a quandary.  F9 KDE 4.0 is hugely
annoying to most KDE users.  F8 KDE 3.5 still works fine of
course but IIRC security updates will end in six months.

QUESTION TO DEVELOPERS: Is there any hope of a full KDE 3.5
in F10, plus an upgrade path from F8 to F10 that preserves
KDE 3.5 configurations?

--Mike Bird


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