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Living Dead KDE3, the Trinity Tales

Trinity KDE: KDE 3 Zombified or Resurrected?

  • June 30, 2010
  • By Bruce Byfield
Bruce Byfield

Several weeks ago, I ended a comparison of the KDE 4 and 3 desktops by saying "Unless a project takes over KDE 3 development, sooner or later it may become unusable with the latest generation of computers."

What I had missed -- free software being a large place where events move at near-light speeds -- was that a project had already taken over KDE 3 development. It's called Trinity KDE, and is organized by Timothy Pearson, who has been releasing Kubuntu releases that use KDE 3.5 for some time. According to Facebook rumor, he has been planning to revive KDE 3 for some time.

I had hoped to interview Pearson about his rationale and motives, but an expensive server crash has kept him too busy to talk, although I still hope to talk to him in the next few days.

Meanwhile, you can easily fill in the blanks about why the project is being enthusiastically received. Although the KDE 4 series has become more usable with every point release, there are still those who condemn it as too bloated, complicated, or resource-hungry. Others suggest that KDE 4 has fewer features, although that is less true with every release, and is sometimes an impression due to a renaming or rearranging of features. Still others, I suspect, are simply nostalgic for a desktop that they used for years.

The truth is, the KDE 4 series has never entirely recovered from the disastrous KDE 4.0 release...

Read the rest of this KDE story at Datamation

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