The future of Desktop Linux, including Feren OS, is finally here.
UPDATE: Happy April Fools day everyone who read this article on the day! As you might have already figured out, by going to KDE’s KNOME website, this was all an April Fools prank set up by KDE and GNOME, which I decided to take part in for Feren OS’s substitute joke for this year’s April Fools, given how Feren OS has Plasma as a flagship DE making taking part in this prank more appropriate.
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We’re all happy that many people got a laugh out of this prank, including those who even fell for it at first, and I’m surprised at how popular my tweet of this post to go with the prank became. All the credits for this prank go to KDE’s Promo Team, who organised this prank and made https://knome.org/, and GNOME who took part in this prank as well. All I personally did was write up this blog post to go with the prank (as well as suggest the download button running away from your mouse on the KNOME website (you’re welcome)).
Despite this all being a prank, GNOME and KDE still have good close relations with each other, so actual collaborations are not out of the window between the two projects in the future.
With all of that out of the way, the original post is below, enjoy:
Today I’m proud to be announcing my commitment to, and excitement about, the latest development in KDE which affects Feren OS. Now, you all will very likely know of Plasma, the flagship desktop environment that is used by multiple Linux Operating Systems including Feren OS, as well as a suite of applications and more. You may also know about the GNOME project which similarly makes a desktop environment used by a large number of distributions, as well as a toolkit, a suite of applications and more. Today, I’m proud to announce that a historical moment has happened between the two projects…
KDE and GNOME are now working together to make the KNOME Desktop Environment!
KNOME is a new desktop environment built by the joint effort of GNOME and KDE that is designed to be better in every way, because KDE and GNOME strongly feel that desktop environment monopolising is the key to the success of Desktop Linux, and to be honest they are right. I can’t be anything but happy to be playing a part in such a historical moment and I’m excited to see what comes next for Desktop Linux thanks to this merging of efforts.
What will this bring to the table for Feren OS?
The introduction of KNOME will bring a bunch of goodness to the table for Feren OS. When it’s released soon to Feren OS users, KNOME will replace your Plasma desktop environment, leaving you with a desktop that feels more unified but still familiar. You’ll also find some new applications replacing existing applications.
For developers, you’ll be excited to hear that you’ll now be able to construct beautiful applications in the all-new state-o-fart QTK3 toolkit, or you can just keep using GTK2 (you monster) if you’re currently using GTK2.
Finally, for Feren OS itself you should expect your desktop to use more RAM than GNOME 3 and Plasma 5 used before KNOME’s creation, because the higher the RAM usage the better. You should also expect effectively 0 bugs* due to the joint effort of both GNOME and KDE now meaning all the bugs might have been fixed.
Learning more about KNOME
I can’t wait to give Feren OS users KNOME, seriously. This is a great and very exciting prospect for the future of Desktop Linux (and Feren OS). It should come on 1st April 2020, maybe, for Feren OS users.
If you’d like to learn more about this exciting news, or take a sneak peek at KNOME, check out the official website for KNOME here:
"A joint conference was only the beginning. KNOME, QTK3, KNOME Mobile, Lollyrok... the possibilities for shared…
With all that said and done, I can’t wait to see how the future of Feren OS, and also the future of Desktop Linux, goes with such a historical moment such as this. Stay safe, stay home, and enjoy KNOME on Feren OS when it’s released to Feren OS users on 1st April 2020, or some time later, who knows.