Posted by: Anonymous
on September 04, 2008 10:51 AM
It seems to me that you really want to use KDE 4.x but are unable due to your own hardware-restrictions? Well, I'm sorry it doesn't work for you, and if your setup works better for your usage I can't see any reason whatsoever for using it. Why not stick with what works for you??
Immensly bloated to begin with? What version are we talking about? Did you test it before they really started optimising the code? From 4.0 until 4.05/6.x there was a significant improvement in speed, and it improved further after that. 4.1 runs far better, and 4.1.1 also improves speed in some areas. Improvements are demonstrated, announced and expected as soon as they base KDE 4.x on the next version of QT. It's for the distros or the user to decide what functionality they install and want to use beyond the bare minimum requirements of the DE. On the other hand - when they release "a demo" so to speak it is rather obvious that they want to show users some of the things you can do with it?
If you don't want to use plasmoids - why use it?? My machine is fully capable to run any aspect of KDE 4.x - but I don't use the Plasmoids because they are not needed by me (for now). Others find them useful - that doesn't affect me at all. You don't like the menus - switch to the classic menu - it's there!!) You don't want effects - switch them offf! You want a clean and tidy minimalistic system - install one and set it up properly. You don't want to learn new things - stick with what you got! If all this fuzz is about the menu/plasmoids/effects you REALLY missed the point about KDE 4.x.
You want to advocate GNU/Linux but fight progress - you want freedom - but want to restrict it to one system. That system should be in accordance to your preferences (screw the rest) - What kind of freedom is that? Freedom not to learn? NOBODY but YOU decides what you install on your machine(s). By installing and testing KDE 4.x (4.04 or earlier by the looks of it) you have exercised choice provided to you by KDE. It has not been forced upon you in any way.
You don't need 1ghz for Emails/Surfing, but you DO NEED a certain minimum to enter sites that are using Flash or Java. It might come as a surprise - others use their machines for more than simple Internet usage. You are right about one thing - many experienced users prefer a 100% minimalistic OS and DE. Most of them have the sense to stick with such setup. You state there should be an alternative: There are dozens. KDE 4.x is one - and a darn good one too - although not for your preferences. I simply can't think of one good reason for why you tested it in the first place? It makes no sense whatsoever. According to your statements you have tested it - KDE can't be blamed for a bad choice made by you?