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Re: [kde] interesting comment from a poster on phoronix




I do agree that it's a non-issue, but from another perspective, linux is notorious for version compatibility issues on a large-ish scale, so it makes the concept of version numbers to be a little scary, especially for non-developers.

That's not to say that the Phoronix post is right or wrong, but maybe the KDE dev team needs to have a friendlier way to describe why some version numbers bump?  Looking at large changelog-style lists isn't always the best reading material, and maybe that's the scarier part for end-users.  They just want to know if they update if that will break everything they have set up, or if it's worth upgrading to get feature x.

On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 8:06 AM, Kevin Krammer <krammer@xxxxxxx> wrote:
On Thursday, 2015-08-20, 10:37:59, ianseeks wrote:
> http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=KDE-Applications-15.08
>
> >> "Ahead of the Plasma 5.4 release later this month and after last week's
> >> KDE
> >> Frameworks 5.13 release is KDE Applications 15.08."
> >>
> >> How am I supposed to keep track of these things?!
>
> Thats a lot of numbers to keep your eye on when reading about KDE

>From my point of view these kind of comments are very close to troll
territory.

So there is one version for KDE's desktop product and one version for *all*
application products.

How do users of vendors cope who do not release all their applications in one
go?

How, for example, do users of Microsoft Office cope with the "problem" that
Windows has a different version number than Office?
Are they in panic when Skype does not share the version of one of these two?
Are they close to dispair when .Net or Visual Studio bring in even more
version numbers to the mix?

Assuming they cope just fine, only keeping track of versions of products they
themselves use, why would users of KDE software be incapable of doing the
same?
For sure users of KDE software have the same intelectual capacity as users of
Microsoft software, do they not?

Cheers,
Kevin

--
Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring

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