I recently read a couple of journal entries from KDE developers, I think Jason Harris and Troy Unrau. While they were perhaps borderline rants, they saddened me deeply. As much as the recent vitriol that’s been spread over the status of KDE 4.x.x.
Is it common concensus amongst the KDE developers that people who use KDE are not necessary if they do not contribute something? Perhaps I misunderstand the point, but nonetheless for the first time since I used KDE so many years ago, I actually felt guilty for using KDE.
I turned to Linux some years ago for accessibility features, and ofcourse stability, and also the freedom to work how I wanted to. My partner used Mandrake, but on seeing Suse Professional 9.3 we soon had a common platform to work with. Having read Troy and Jason’s posts, all I can say in response is that I’m not a contributor. The most I have ever done is edit spelling and grammar errors in wiki pages. But I adore using KDE. There isn’t a platform out there I haven’t felt more comfortable with in a very long time. Your posts in some ways said “we don’t want or need you (users)”. For me, that’s a horrible feeling to have, regardless of how much I would deny it, my connection to KDE is as emotional as it is practical. I make no apologies for feeling that way.
We don’t evangelise, but our friends who see our openSUSE machine ask questions, and leave with the knowledge that there is more out there than they perhaps realised. Maybe it’s what you want from us (users), maybe you want more. By all means deal with the people within a community who by their very nature, are anything but a part of it, but please, don’t tell your users, people like me, that we’re not needed. It makes us feel quite horrible