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Desktop Linux Revolt: How KDE Survived Its User Backlash

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Desktop Linux has had four years of upheaval. Since 2008, KDE, GNOME, and Unity have all faced vocal criticism from users, creating an opportunity for other desktops like Xfce, LXDE, Mate and Cinnamon to gain popularity.

But, in all the discussion, one question has never been discussed: how did KDE, the first desktop environment to suffer a revolt, manage to live through the experience and continue to prosper?

I see nine reasons why KDE managed to move beyond the initial hostility towards KDE 4:

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