It works for me and I wouldn't go back to KDE3. I'm on OpenSuSE, though. I'm on 11.2 now and it just works. I don't understand all this criticism. Maybe a bad distro or resistance to new concepts, I don't know. Still, I have a few problems: Kaffeine does not handle well DVB TV (the KDE3 version was perfect) and I haven't found a use for Nepomuk. I hope 4.4 fix these minor problems.
kkleiner writes "Singularity Hub has just unveiled its second annual roundup of the best robots of the year. In 2009 robots continued their advance towards world domination with several impressive breakouts in areas such as walking, automation, and agility, while still lacking in adaptability and reasoning ability. It will be several years until robots can gain the artificial intelligence that will truly make them remarkable, but in the meantime they are still pretty awesome."
Agreed, and there was no compelling reason to release a beta as a major release. It was confusing. Many apps remain for years in the 0.9x.x stage (Wine, for example) and yet they are widely used. 3.98 was a better numbering for KDE 4.0 and 3.99 for KDE 4.1. Anyway, I have been using KDE 4.0 on OpenSuse still in beta and then upgraded regularly without severe problems. Probably distros quality counts a lot when software is changing rapidly and needs good testing.
I had a similar experience. I wanted to fix the scanner dialog in swriter. I couldn't set the dpi value for my scanner. I fixed it and set an email to the most appropriate core developers listed on the OO developers site. I received an answer a month later or so, asking me to sign an agreement with SUN. At the same time I received an email from a developer who encouraged me to continue. I sent by fax the agreement and fixed several other things. The guy contacted me several times asking if I had received a response from SUN. I think I received it three months later. Meanwhile I had tried to scan directly from the dialog (which can only configure the scanner, scanning is started from another entry in the Insert image menu). The dialog doesn't return a value. How can I change it? It is impossible, the function prototypes are kept in a jar file. How long does it take to raise the interest of a core developer on this issue I don't know, but I think 6 months at least. Then OO 3.0 was out and I had to start it all over. But the code is really a mess: there are sections with comments in German tagged with: **********Better left alone******** and the like.