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- Poll . 

Why does KDE lack support from companies?

Posted by Yaba on Dec 12 2004
Commercial QT license costs money.29%29%29% 29%
License problems in the past.4%4%4% 4%
They consider Gnome as beeing more usable.6%6%6% 6%
Companies do not like clean toolkits.3%3%3% 3%
KDE is developed mainly in Europe.10%10%10% 10%
The Gnome project has a better loby.7%7%7% 7%
They support Gnome just because most other companies are doing this.6%6%6% 6%
KDE needs more marketing.14%14%14% 14%
Uhm, don't know. I have no idea.14%14%14% 14%
I don't care, since Gnome apps run under KDE also.7%7%7% 7%
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 sad truth

 by pandarsson on: Dec 17 2004
Score 50%
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The truth is sad but should not be ignored. Marketing is the whole issue.

There are a lot of thoughtful ideas in the replies to this poll, whether I agree with them or not, and there are nuggets of truth that should be considered, but do not underestimate marketing. That is the very reason Microsoft is where it is today. Just for instance, was Windows 3.0 superior in any way whatsoever to OS/2 when Microsoft abandoned the latter for the former? Absolutely not. Neither was 3.1. For that matter, Windows 95, 98 and even NT (up to 4.0) were still inferior to OS/2, but by that time, how many people even knew about the better platform?

I always find myself going back to the example of OS/2 because I was a dedicated user of that OS myself and prefer not to see history repeat itself with my new platform of choice, however unlikely that is. I'm not trying to say that Gnome is inferior to KDE, however, they have people dedicated to keeping "Gnome" at the tips of people's tongues and fresh in their minds in association with the Linux desktop.

With proper marketing, Trolltech could possibly charge even more for commercial use of their toolkit and it wouldn't matter as long as people associated the "exciting" and "[insert marketing buzz word here]" KDE with the Linux desktop. (Though perhaps pricing based on scope would work out better for them and developers in the long run, anyway.)

Anyway, those are my thoughts.

Green, snakes don't HAVE armpits!
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 answer ? with ?

 by rdonovan2005 on: Dec 17 2004
Score 50%

to ask a stupid question has anyone asked these commercial companies?

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 by blaster999 on: Dec 17 2004
Score 50%

What do you mean by "support"?

It is not the size of the hammer that counts. It's how you wield it.
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