I'm sure we've all been reading a few blogs and articles around the place about the release of KDE 4.0. You can quickly spot which camp a post falls into: there are those who got the message about this being .0 release and they are almost all positive and looking forward to 4.1, and there are those who didn't and so end up wrongly measuring it against 3.5. Then there is the third sort, the willfully ignorant, those sites with well known anti-KDE viewpoints who just enjoy the opportunity for another KDE-bashng session. I don't even bother following the links to those ones. Overall, I'd say 80% of what I've read falls in the first camp, which is gratifying.
I'm not too bothered by most of the negative stuff, KDE 4.0 stands as a great achievement independent of what some random people on the net might think, except for two areas. The first are those reputable news sites who post 'Articles' that criticise aspects of KDE4 based on ill-informed assumptions and erroneously drawn conclusions. They fail to exercise some journalistic discipline by contacting the publicity team, the developers involved, or even reading the Planet, to get the proper story. Essentially these are blogs masquerading as journalistic articles, and the laziness and the lack of editorial rigour irks me no end. The second are the anti-KDE trolls who are happy to write KDE4 off based entirely on a couple of screenshots. What's particularly galling is the way they descend on the positive articles and post their ignorant hate-filled rants in some sad attempt to override the positive impact of the original post. Why??? Why waste your time so???
I will mention two posts in particular, The first was a blog that acknowledged what a great job the publicity guys did on the release announcement (sorry, I've lost the link), in particular the way it explained the significance of the new features for our users instead of just regurgitating a list of buzzwords and version numbers. The second is an article over at Lifehacker, a site dedicated to 'Getting Things Done', which is sure to put a smile on aseigo's face. The author, Kevin Purdy, goes beyond the superficial 'oooh pretty' review and instead demonstrates the power and flexibility of Plasma with a taskbar-less desktop.