Be free. KDE. (new image series starting)
June 2, 2008
On our very own homepage, we’ve got an image right at the top with the text “be free.” It’s a bit vague, but that’s kind of the point isn’t it? Everyone should be asking “be free to what?”
Well, that answer falls in line with the question “What does KDE mean to you?” Hopefully people don’t gloss over such questions, and actually give it some thought. For every person, the answer is going to be unique. Maybe someone wants to “be free to use open file formats and standards” and another person wants to “be free to use their computer without pants.” How KDE helps with that last one I’m not exactly sure, but it sure as hell doesn’t stop you from doing that, and we practically recommend it. And no, I don’t mean that the computer isn’t wearing pants, but KDE doesn’t even care if that’s what you actually meant.
4.1 is now in its third trimester (only 6 months gestation mind you) and it’s starting to kick and the devs are starting to tell me to mind my own business and they “have every right to eat for two.” The first release after our paradigm shift with 4.0, it’s time to reflect a bit and remind ourselves about this tagline. Sure, it’s a unique selling proposition that commercial OS teams can’t mimic, but it more importantly describes KDE’s DNA, freedom is in our genetic make-up. Like our devastating good looks. And ability to sing karaoke. But “be free, keep being easy on the eyes and singing well” is not so catchy. So “be free” it is.
For this new image series, the goal is the same as the previous ones: get people, regardless of their affiliation to KDE, to stop and think why they have a passion for KDE. Keep the text simple and don’t over-complicate things. Set up the theme and get out of the way.
Here are some samples, and as you have already guessed, the originals in all their mega-pixel glory can be found at my public photo album here. More images will be added in upcoming weeks.