"Peter Penz has been a user of KDE since version 1.2, and he led the
development of the Dolphin file manager for the past six years. Now,
he's quitting KDE development and handing off Dolphin. His reasons for
quitting KDE development are described in a blog post. Penz speaks of
KDE losing competitiveness to Apple and Microsoft due to increased
complexity and other reasons. 'Working on the non-user-interface parts
of applications can be challenging, and this is not something that
most freetime-contributors are striving for. But if there are not
enough contributors for the complex stuff behind the scenes and if no
company is willing to invest fulltime-developers to work on this...
well then we are losing ground.' Are open-source desktops losing?"
Peter Reutemann, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Waikato, NZ
Ph. +64 (7) 858-5174