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KDE 4.1 rocks the desktop

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on July 30, 2008 08:39 AM
Well, I am an old Gnome user who used to use E16 and had a stint with Fluxbox for a while, and XFCE somewhere in there. Always tried KDE at various points along the 2-3 eras. Every time a new subversion was released, I'd try it and it was too bloated for me. (yes, I know, the bloat comment... don't flame me. I did say "too bloated FOR ME")

Anywho... Been using KDE4 since before 4.0, and I have been watching it progress, and it has done just that. Progressed. I am currently on a system entirely free from Gnome for the first time in the 10+ years of Linux use. (with the small exceptions of libraries and several apps like Audacity.... I think I counted 3 or 4 apps)

I like it. A lot. I like where it's going, and I love the "from the ground up" feel to the development. I can definitely understand why a lot of people wouldn't like it and aren't going to like it no matter what, but I personally find it to be a cliched "breath of fresh air."

I have been sick of Gnome releases where you can't even tell they changed anything at all... even after reading changelogs. I really am sick of waiting for E17. More importantly, these pretzels are making me thirsty.

Well, just my two cents. I can't wait to see where else they take us when 4.2 comes around. I would like to see more plasmoids (widgets, whatever), maybe some that work with the OLD Amarok, as the new one just doesn't suit my tastes quite yet. Also, I am running Compiz, and I have ignored kwin since 4.0, so I can't say anything for the speed or lack thereof of their desktop effects, but I have NEVER seen anything more compatible with Compiz/Fusion than KDE4.

And to the above poster who doesn't like the little "Add Widget" thing on their taskbar, just right click anywhere on the desktop and select "Lock Widgets" If you don't use em, it shouldn't be any problem locking them, and it locks the taskbar from configuration thus removing that little swirly-ma-gig thingy. The one in the corner, I will admit, I wish I could get rid of, but at least it doesn't do anything weird on mouseover anymore. Have to click it for it to do anything.

In short (too late), I am fully enjoying KDE4 and am looking forward to continuing to watch it grow.


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