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    Default KDE Software Compilation 4.3.4 Released

    Phoronix: KDE Software Compilation 4.3.4 Released

    Last month the KDE development community announced their plans to reposition the KDE brand. With what was previously just called "KDE" to mean the entire desktop and its packages, that is to now be called the "KDE Software Compilation" and KDE is no longer to mean the K Desktop Environment...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=Nzc1Ng

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    The expanded term "K Desktop Environment" has become ambiguous and obsolete, probably even misleading. Settling on "KDE" as a self-contained term makes it clear that we have made the shift from a limited set of software components to a community providing an ecosystem of free software applications and platforms for the end user on the desktop, mobile devices, and more.

    The term "K Desktop Environment" can be accurately and completely replaced by "KDE Community", "KDE Platform", "KDE Applications" or specific KDE application names, depending on what is actually meant.

    For the desktop itself we will have the clearer name "KDE Workspace". The huge set of KDE applications can be put under the KDE umbrella brand using more specific brands for individual applications or application suites. The confusion about what a desktop environment is and implies can be avoided by using clearer terms in this manner.
    Can someone explain this, please? Doesn't this feel sort of a step back in terms of branding? "KDE" was a very well-known acronym that translated to "K Desktop Enviroment" - which not only made sense, but it also had a strong brand presense.

    I'm not saying the new branding is bad, but it sounds slightly annoying (KDE Okular, do we really need a second "K" in there?)

    Bah, it's branding so whatever suits their boat, but the change does feel somewhat forced.

    Preemptive snarky comments, Raymond Chen style:
    • Gnome looks like Windows 98 and I wish it would die.
    • Also Michael, please proof-read your articles before posting them. (Just kidding, the article is just fine).

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    Version 4.4 of the KDE Software Compilation brings a Plasma fix [...]
    Version 4.3.4.

    KDE SC 4.4 Beta 1 will be released in two days btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackStar View Post
    "KDE" was a very well-known acronym that translated to "K Desktop Enviroment"
    Hmm, I always thought KDE was an acronym for "Kitsch Desktop Environment"

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    Quote Originally Posted by monraaf View Post
    Hmm, I always thought KDE was an acronym for "Kitsch Desktop Environment"
    YMMD!

    (stupid 10 character limit)

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    Quote Originally Posted by monraaf View Post
    Hmm, I always thought KDE was an acronym for "Kitsch Desktop Environment"
    And GNOME is the acronym for "shit".

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    Agh, and I just had compiled KDE4.3.<4 on the VIA box. Anyway, KDE is always welcome.
    Didn't work on the VIA box though. Still trying to figure out why.

    If any KDE experinced folks here have a tip where I could switch of any special gpu stuff (compositing anything related to 3d/openGL) I'd be grateful. KDE starts with the login prog and then just during the loading process (start splash in the middle) it crashes and brings me back to login. XFCE4 worked without major problems. KDE 3.5.10 had also worked without any problems. I guess it may be related to a GPU driver issue. And it's a CLE266 chip from VIA (using openchrome) so these haven't implemented much. *sigh*
    But my big AMD box will be happy to have new food from Gentoo's portage to emerge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sundown View Post
    And GNOME is the acronym for "shit".
    It's not shit, but I can only compare it to the UI of Windows 98 or Xp. It doesn't go further and is emberassing when compared to KDE4 and even Windows Vista/7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackStar View Post
    I'm not saying the new branding is bad, but it sounds slightly annoying (KDE Okular, do we really need a second "K" in there?)[/LIST]
    If they're doing that, then maybe we can finally get them to drop the stupid "design app names around a specific letter" naming scheme!

    Something that GNOME is way ahead of them on doing, BTW. Maybe Ubuntu forced them at gunpoint to do it, but it's one thing they actually get right these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ant P. View Post
    If they're doing that, then maybe we can finally get them to drop the stupid "design app names around a specific letter" naming scheme!
    Agreed! This is a stupid rant, but since we're on the subject of naming anyway...

    As dumb as it sounds, one of the reasons I don't use KDE is the ridiculous tendency of every app to have K in the name. Of course it's not the main reason, but I just don't get it. Do developers actually think it's cool or something? Does anyone?

    There are still a few Gnome apps around with G in the name, but it doesn't stand out as much since G is much more common in the English language. It doesn't make it OK though.

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