19 Dec 2003 taj   » (Master)

jdub: I haven't personally been involved in the delicious flamewar on that list, but from what I gather, the salient points are:

  • UserLinux is apparently a community distribution.
  • Various people have offered to help make it atleast _possible_ to allow users to run Qt-based applications on this distribution. This only requires the shipping of a handful of libraries on this distribution.
  • Bruce, for whom I have no end of respect, has refused to carry the most basic parts necessary (libqt) to help with this.
  • The reasons for this exclusion have not yet been made clear, and the flamewar seems to have been triggered by Bruce's reticence at clarifying. The best that anyone has received so far is "someone has promised us money, I can't say who", and "we won't be carrying any GPL-only libraries" (this last one is laughably unlikely)

Now, however much one can question the maturity of the people who have allowed this to turn into a flamewar, the basic fact is that for a "community distribution", there seem to have been some decisions made in a fairly arbitrary way. Which are they going to choose, vi or emacs?

Anyhow, happy hacking. If any more respect for KDE in your mind has been lost by this post, you and the KDE project have my most humble apologies.

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