Posted by: Anonymous
on January 15, 2008 06:08 AM
I've been using KDE 4.0.0 on Mandriva Linux 2008 for about one day and a half and so far I love it. The new icons, theme and the looks in general is simply beautiful. A large step forward for Linux desktop environments. A new sound theme also gives a nice touch to KDE 4.0 experience. Another little thing that I love is the new KRunner dialog for starting applications. You can now also use it to quickly do calculation and other stuff (more features can be added by plugins). I didn't yet get comfortable with the new start menu Kickoff, but luckily this can be quickly changed. I just replaced it with a widget that gives you the old classic menu. And this widgets (plasmoids) are just another new feature I'm impressed with and have hige potential. You can put them everywhere (desktop, panels, ...) and basically you can build up your very own desktop look and fell by putting plsmoids together just how you like it, similar to LEGO :) Too bad there are still a lot of configuration dialogs missing that would make this easy, but hey, it is only their very first version in a new series of desktop. All is here under the hood and now only the user interfaces need to be added, I think this will be much faster and easier to do. All in all I'm very impressed with the start of KDE 4 series. I can still remember the times when 3.0.0 has come out, it was in much worse shape and less impressive then KDE 4.0.0. And just look into how excellent desktop KDE 3.0.0 has turned into. Great job KDE contributors!