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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.213.101.95] on June 21, 2008 09:12 PM
Having installed 11.0 (32) twice, firstly with KDE4 and secondly with KDE3.5.9, I really appreciate the fast zypper times. Quite reasonable. However, that's really the only plus from this release.

For a person who wants productivity out of a desktop, KDE4 is quite useless. Not Novell's fault, only KDE.org for listening to widget and "neat thing" fanboys/girls. I gave up in despair trying to adjust simple things like the size if the clock font, trying to put an icon/link to an app on the taskbar, and on the desktop.

The large amount of space occupied by desktop icons, and their associated "shaded square" with 4 minature, microscopic "widget icons" that do no more than we used to accomplish on a simp[le right-click are, to put it mildly, the most stupid and brain-dead "improvements" to anything that I have seen for ages.

Like I said, catering to the neat-oh kiddies. Not fit for serious use.

KDE3.5.9 was nice, the same functionally and operationally as 3.5.9 on my production 10.3 desktop. BTW, 11.0 is no faster/slower than my 10.3 installation, with or without KDE4

Neither 4.xx nor 3.5 was "faster, more stable, or enriched" as my 10.3 installation. In fact, the fonts look terrible (buzzy, stringy, Microsoftish-like) even with my attempt to fixup Freetype2 according to conventional wisdom. In comparison to my laser-like (similar to a printed page in quality!) 10.3/3.5 installation, the 11.0 implementation is something worse than DOS prompts. Needless to say, I won't be moving to 11.0 until openSuse/Novell offer a solution. Or a third-party.

BTW, to the previous poster, my Samsung 213T connected via DVI to a 8600GT is no problem in 10.3 or 11.0 installs. So I don't know what the problem is with your LCD monitor.

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