KDE 4.4.4… or not.

A week ago or so, KDE 4.4.4 was released. So far there are NO binary packages at all, except for (k)ubuntu 10.04… One might wonder why.

Let’s have a look at the changelog: Some sorting bugs in dolphin fixed… Lots of bugs in games and toys fixed… The height of the kopete contact list fixed…

Let’s have a look at the KDE bugtracker now, something like the "most hated bugs" report or something like that… We’ll find that some of the most hated bugs have in fact been around since KDE3, and will stay with us for quite some time longer… For example that nasty bug in kmail/imap that duplicates mails. Has been around since TWOTHOUSANDANDFOUR (2004).

Or how about the incomplete total lack of SSL certificate management for konqueror. That has been around since KDE 4.0.0, makes Konq4 unfit to be used in any serious environment, and noone seems to care. Instead, the KDE devs squabble endlessly over how to file bugs about this on the kde bugtracker…

I am starting to think that most big binary providers think "so what" about KDE 4.4.4.

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