Ask Slashdot: Is KDE Dying?

A long-time loyal KDE user “always felt that it was the more complete and integrated of the many Linux desktop environments…thus having the most potential to win over new Linux converts.” And while still using KDE exclusively without any major functional issues, now Slashdot reader fwells shares concerns about the future of desktop development, along with a personal opinion — that KDE is becoming stale and stagnant:

KDE-Look.org, once a fairly vibrant and active contributory site, has become a virtual ghost town… Various core KDE components and features are quite broken and have been so for some time… KDEPIM/KMail frankly seems targeted specifically at the poweruser, maintaining over many years its rather plain and arguably retro interface. The Konqueror web browser has been a virtual carcass for several years, yet it mysteriously remains an integral component…

So, back to my opening question… Is KDE Dying? Has innovation and development evaporated in a development world dominated by the mobile device? And, if so, can it be reinvigorated? Will the pendulum ever swing back? Can it? Should it?

The original submission has some additional thoughts on Windows 10 and desktop development — but also specific complaints about KDE’s Recent Items/Application Launcher History and the KDE theming engine (which “seems disjointed and rather non-intuitive”.) The argument seems to be that KDE lacks curb appeal to fulfill that form-over-function preference of the larger community of users, so instead it’s really retaining the practical appeal of “my 12 year old Chevy truck, feature rich for its time… Solid and reliable, but definitely starting to fade and certainly lacking some modern creature comforts.”
So leave your own thoughts in the comments. Does desktop development need to be reinvigorated in a world focused on mobile devices — and if so, what is its future? And is KDE slowly dying?


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