In his keynote at the aKademy KDE conference, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth suggested that the big open source desktop projects (Gnome, KDE and OpenOffice.org) could throw a wrench in the proprietary software market's works if they could agree to a common and regular release cycle. Not surprisingly, he pointed to Ubuntu's own every-six-months schedule as an example.
The regular rhythm of publicity that a predictable release schedule drums up could work wonders for open source desktop adoption, Shuttleworth says, and joint releases from the three large projects would only multiply the effect.
According to Computerworld, KDE developers have committed to a six-month release schedule starting with KDE 4 later this year. And the project's blog editors say Shuttleworth's suggestions have certainly generated discussion.
Given the plethora of multimedia devices currently available, Shuttleworth also suggests that interoperability with those devices will be increasingly important for the emerging free/open source desktop platform.