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KDE 4.0.0 is tagged. Support for KDE 3 will continue for years to come

KDE 4.0.0 is tagged, meaning that KDE 4 is released according to plan.

KDE3 will be supported for years to come, is the message from Aaron J. 
Seigo, president of KDE e.V. Here are some highlights from Aarons 

This year, as with most years since KDE3 emerged, there have been huge 
deployments of KDE 3 based software. These deployments will not shift 
for years to come, no matter what KDE4 is. This is because large 
institutional deployments (government, corporate, educational, etc) 
typically have 3-7 year cycles (sometimes even longer) between major 
changes. Patches and security fixes? Sure. Major revamps? No. 

This alone ensures that KDE3 will remain supported for years. Why? 
Because there are users. That is how the open source dev model works: 
where there are users, there are developers; as one declines so does 
the other. The developers tend to be a step ahead of the users for 
software that is progressive, but you'll also find that they have a 
foot in the here and now too (as well as the past, often).
The core KDE team will continue to concentrate it's work on KDE4 since 
that is the long term direction of things. It is fully expected that 
our partners (which include some KDE core team members as 
employees/members) will continue supporting and even developing on KDE3 
Aaron continues. KDE 4.0 isn't yet "better than good enough"; so why 
don't we just release more betas? When one perpetually releases 
alphas/betas a few things happen: people don't test it aggressively 
enough, third party developers don't get involved, core developers 
continue doing blue sky development rather than focusing on release 
KDE 4.0 rocks in a number of ways. Whether one looks at the new 
frameworks (solid, phonon, akonadi et al) or the revamped existing ones 
(kconfig getting multiple back end support, the UI-less kdecore), or 
examines the apps like okular or kdeedu or the games or dolphin or 
ksnapshot or konsole (ok, I won't list every app) or many of the new 
workspace features like composite and widgets or the new artwork or ... 
you get the picture. There's a lot that is just amazing.
What leaves people wondering about quality is that there is a disparity 
between our stated end goals and 4.0. This is, to be blunt, due to a 
lack of experience on their part: most people have never been involved 
in the creation of something great. We're involved in making something 
great that will end up spanning a decade of effort and be used for even 
longer than that. 

To be able to accomplish such a thing one requires the ability to see 
beyond today and into the uncertain future. They also need to be able 
to adjust and shift that vision as things evolve (ergo the shift from 
tenor to strigi/nepomuk, even though the end result is essentially the 
same ideas). It is simply not possible, without extreme luck similar to 
winning the lottery, to create something great without that vision. 
This is not my idea, this is the result of pretty much every bit of 
research and practical analysis from the business operations world.

1. The full blog post from Aaron: 

Best regards

Knut Yrvin

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