An organization dedicated to the development of free software isn’t exactly a big money maker and it would be impossible for anyone to take the lead on it and have enough time to work a money making job too. That’s why KDE is run by a sizable group of individuals that have made significant contributions over the years. All discussions take place over a mailing list and it’s through those discussions that decisions are made about the direction of KDE.
Amazingly, they don’t even take votes in suggestions. They simply talk about it until a consensus is reached. It’s the kind of thing that would never happen in a government but the folks behind KDE are largely free of ego and dedicated to the cause of making Unix-based operating systems easier to use and appreciate. So far they’re doing a great job and will hopefully carry on long into the future.
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