KDE. Don’t look back.
May 28, 2008
Back in the archaic age before KDE 4 (I think referred to as “the Dark Ages”, although I only have a basic PHD in History), the illuminati known as the Marketing Working Group discussed a user type known as “Adoptus Earlicus: The Early Adopter.” This user is savvy, inquisitive and adventurous. They are not afraid to try new things out and are not afraid of mistakes. They are likely a resource of advice and expertise to friends, family and coworkers. In fact, some of their identity might due in part their computer literacy. A bit of a maverick. Sound familiar?
To help facilitate discussions, I came up with a series of images based on the phase “Don’t look back.” There are plenty of people who are thinking of moving over to KDE. Maybe procrastination and “next week.” Maybe they’re waiting “for the next version” before switching over to KDE. But they see the benefits, they track the improvements with 4.X and know what to expect, they’ve done the research on file formats and KDE’s library of software, they see the community, they know it’s inevitable. My advice to them? Make the switch with confidence, and “don’t look back.” Stay on the cutting edge.
You know the drill: The large original, printable images (11 – collect them all!) can be viewed and downloaded here. Hopefully these images can be of use and will provoke some reflection or even introspection about KDE user types. What motivates different computer users to learn more about KDE? Whom do you target with your software, how can you make your software better for them, and how do you reach them? What’s their incentive, and if they use your software, what’s their reward?
Three thumbnail examples for your viewing pleasure.
NOTE: I have every confidence a will get a blog comment stating the correct translation of “Early Adopter.”