i think adam made some sage remarks about the shift from kde3 to kde4 and how some view the possible changes with more concern than excitement. and, as adam pointed out, rightfully so: kde3 rocks and a lot of people have come to like how it rocks.
the gauntlet in front of us is to make kde4 better, not just different. to learn from kde3's strengths and its weaknesses. for instance, we can make a better file manager than we have right now. i happen to love konqueror for file management because it does a lot of things well; in particular i love it's remote capabilities (fish:// especially), it's thumbnailing and little things like spring loaded folders and dragging between tabs and split panes. but it also has its issues, such as when you view a file in an embedded viewer ...... how do you switch to edit edit? or with single click, how do you easily and reliably select an icon?
more on the latter point for a moment here as well: Matthias said that maybe single click wasn't such a hot idea. i disagree (and so did people like Raskin, btw). single click is a god send for the average user as it makes the interface more predictable and consistent (not a mish mash of single and double click) and is kinder on the hands. unfortunately, there is that one piece of the interface not designed well for single clicking: the file manager icon.
well, back in march when i was in germany at an appeal project meet up and brought this exact issue up ... with a proposed solution, no less. so, inspired by Matthias' "let's get rid of single click" concept i'm going to spend tomorrow doing up a live example of my proposed solution. then we can all play with it and see what we think.
and i think that's a healthy way to approach these changes. someone notes there's a problem somewhere. i don't want to chuck the baby out with the bathwater, but have to agree there's a problem. so let's try and fix it. more excitement, less fear, right manyoso? =)
oh, and speaking of appeal, we're actually going to unveil the website next week. there was some ball dropping in the last couple of months there, and i've spent some time fixing that today along with some of the others involved. since march appeal had a meet up and it looks like we just might have another one in november. but i want to let everyone see what we've been up to. it's actually kind of anticlimactic, but like many boring but interesting things, there's value to it. anyways.. that's for monday =)