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Using it since Saturday. Thumbs down, so far.

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on January 14, 2008 06:55 PM
I've been using KDE 4 on Kubuntu Gutsy since Saturday. So far, I'm thumbs-down on it. The KDE 4 panel is a huge step backwards in functionality, so much so that it utterly leaves me wondering "WTF were they thinking?!" Screenshots give the impression that they've borrowed some things from the OS X UI, and they have, and that is a good thing, but they offset that by crippling the panel. We are not amused.

When GNOME seemed stagnant and KDE was making great strides, I switched from Gnome to KDE 3.0, which was a huge leap forward over GNOME, KDE 2, and everything else out there at the time. KDE 4 has not shown me that kind of leap forward. Heck, if they keep going like this, GNOME might even have a shot at retaking the lead again.

As for me, I'll keep using the KDE 3.5 branch while I start looking at alternatives. I've used Enlightenment in the past and may go back there. XFCE also has its charms. But dang it, there are a lot of KDE apps I really like, why did they have to foobar the panel so badly that I'm looking at chucking KDE after all these years? :(


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