This is a response to the “Has GNOME finally killed off KDE in the Ubuntu Interface.”
Are things really not looking good for KDE in the Ubuntu community? I would argue no they are looking fine. I am amazed at the amount of discussion is happening in regards to the decision not to make KDE4 a Long Term Support release. In fact there was already discussion on Slashdot referencing this change.
I’m amazed everyone has assumed that Kubuntu is dead, KDE is dead, or Ubuntu doesn’t care about KDE all because of this recent change in policy. I have argued previously the decision to change from a LTS release to a regular release was not communicated clearly, but is a good thing for Kubuntu.
I still believe that. Making KDE4 the default for Hardy is a good thing, in fact I think it shows even more the Ubuntu community is behind KDE. I’m looking forward to releasing the hordes of Kubuntu users on KDE4 to stress test and create new bugs and even new fixes for these bugs. KDE is alive and has a great community. In fact I think at times the Kubuntu portion of the Ubuntu community is stronger as there is only one paid developer and yet we release as good a product as Ubuntu with more paid developers.
Anyways, I’m looking forward to KDE4 and Kubuntu 8.04 to showcase how strong the Kubuntu community is.