The distros where fooled into thinking KDE4.0 was ready for production... pleeese. I guess they don't do much test then, because it was obvious to anyone that had actually tried to use it that it wasn't ready. To think this gets modded insightful makes my head hurts... it is literally unbelievable. For those unable to grasp how ridicule that sounds, I'll suggest them to simply refer to the sources instead of constantly trying to reinvent history. I've followed PlanetKDE (http://planetkde.org) and The Dot (http://dot.kde.org/) since I discovered them years ago. It was never suggested that KDE4.0 was meant to be massively dropped on users. Unfortunate the Planet's concept of "old" articles extends no further than last week, otherwise I'd just point you to the time where that DIDN'T happen. You'll have to digg the individual blogs yourself to verify it with your own eyes (here's one blog to get you started though: http://aseigo.blogspot.com/, you can see all posts down to 2004). That's plainly a lie, probably based on a greatly exaggerated 4.0 release note that didn't warned all those coming to www.kde.org hell was about to break loose... But hey, I'm sure that omission caused those 5 people compiling KDE4.0 from sources (everybody else got it from their distro) to be caught off guard... It's easy to say in retrospective that labeling a developers and EARLY ENTHUSIASTS release '4.0' was a mistake. I used to agree with that, then read about the why it was needed (like the need to provide a stable (and believable, as in "the project is committed to it") platform to signal third parties to start porting applications). Bottom line, if your not going to make an effort to grasp the situation and provide us with an informed opinion, maybe you should simple refrain from providing one altogether. BTW, simply pointing out bugs in KMail does not add any weight to your argument either (no matter how severe they are) unless you provide some proof of this deceit scheme you speak of. It does not follow from the mere existence of bugs a conscious decision to lie about the state of the software. Have you actually read about the state of KMail or the any of the other PIM apps anywhere? I guess not, otherwise you'd known they are in the process of being ported to Akonadi and hence not deemed stable by their developers.