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The thing is, until it's shipped, it's still vaporware for most people, especially if they want to use it in a commercial setting.

KDE 4 was released in 2008 and it was supposed to be ported to Windows. We're in 2017 and KDE 5 is still far from being considered stable on Windows. And I'm sure you can also think of many examples of programs promised and never delivered or underdelivered.




> was supposed to be ported to Windows

It was ported to Windows. I cannot check the remarks about stability because I use Linux, but it sounds plausible. There's only a handful (maybe 2 or 3) developers working on Windows support in their spare-time AFAIK. I would guess that KDE had anticipated more Windows developers joining the project as it progressed towards maturity.

That's always the problem with open-source projects: It's very hard to do planning and forecasting with a bunch of volunteers. Even if they commit to a roadmap, there will always be someone who has to step down because of private issues (new job, new child, etc.). Go is in a much better position since Google has headcount assigned to it (again, AFAIK).




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