DistroWatch Credibility Debacle

As I sit here writing this tonight, I am totally amazed at the genuine stupidity of DistroWatch dot com. Some in the Linux world would have you believe that the writers at DW are all just an article/post away from a Pulitzer prize. Their statistics, when it comes to the “most popular” Linux distro available, based on a “Hits per day” method to gauge popularity, is about as accurate as any internet poll you’ll come across.

Many new to Linux hear of DW and truly believe it is Linux gospel. It is NOT! To bandy about a headline, “Community developments: The systemd project forks the Linux kernel”, that is such a hot button issue for Linux users today is totally irresponsible and, for me, conclusively proves they have zero credibility.

For those who come to their defense, claiming “Oh it was just an ‘April Fools’ joke, we are still in March! To post such an article with no disclaimer, no acknowledgement that it is comic relief, is not just poor editorial oversight, but truly poor judgement. For those in the land of make believe, pixie dust, and Yosemite Sam, (Ivan Gotyaovoitch?) look no further for what is “NOT” happening in the world of Linux than DW. DistroWatch must be fervent followers of PT Barnum, who is credited with coining the phrase, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity”.

After thoroughly searching for a read more

KDE 4.11.3 on VSIDO

OK, so I’ll lay some of the blame for this post off on SFaulken.  He is a former dev/maintainer on the Cloverleaf Linux project, and a contributor to KlyDE as well. (I think I got all that right)  Anyhow, he is a “big” proponent of KDE and has been telling me how great it is.  After my recent exploration of openSUSE, which came with KDE by default, I was definitely impressed with the new KDE 4 Plasma Desktop.

I had not used KDE since around 2002.  At the time, it was still a fledgling, bug filled, desktop environment that was difficult to use.  I think KDE came out around ’97 or ’98, so to be fair I didn’t give it much more than a cursory look.  I went back to it a couple read more