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KDE 4.2 rocks

I just wanted to continue to praise what the KDE people are doing since I poorly reviewed 4.0. I just installed KDE 4.2 (what is tagged in SVN) and played with it for a few hours. In short: it is amazing!

It is so, so impressive. You guys deserve tons of kudos for what you have achieved.

With the LGPL announcement last week, that's a one-two punch. I'll keep running it for a few days; see if I can't find some inspiration.

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dreadknight.myopenid.com
Jan. 26th, 2009 10:01 am (UTC)
Ownage!
KDE 4.2 is teh 0wnage!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 26th, 2009 10:29 am (UTC)
Agreed
It certainly is pretty neat. :-)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 26th, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
Closer Collaboration
I hope with the Qt LGPL announcement there will be even more technology sharing in the back-end between KDE and GNOME. Plasma seems to be such a candidate for GNOME 3.0.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 26th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
As above...
I stuck with KDE 4.0, and upgraded to 4.1, then 4.2 Beta 2. There has been some amazing work going on, especially if you read PlanetKDE. I'm already impatient to see what KDE 4.3 will bring... :)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 26th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
plasma linrary for GNOME3
I, as a GNOME user, would like to see plasma-library being reused in GNOME3. You really can write GTK apps on top of plasma's data engines so why not to use it?
(Anonymous)
Jan. 26th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
GNOME too!
As long-time KDE user, I have too agree with your post ;) . But I also wanted to praise GNOME, which I tried recently: Wow, it's a nice DE! Polished and it just works. Kudos!

Go, Free software!!!

Best wishes, Neil
(Anonymous)
Jan. 26th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
Rock on free desktops
I think with the KDE 4 series, KDE has really come to its own. I've used KDE for years and love it, but I still recommend and install Gnome for the less experienced (not saying that Gnome is too simple, but it works better out of the box for people that don't care about computers). KDE 4.2 is almost at the point where I can recommend it to the average user.. A few minor annoyances persist, but I think by 4.3 I can be fully confident. Of course who knows where Gnome will be by then :)

Rock on free desktops!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 27th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
KDE 4.2 is imho the best free software DE
It's quite fraking awesome how far it has come in just a year and it's already wwaaay ahead of that "stalled" gnome.

Btw the new revised oxygen (oxyglass if you want transparent "plasma borders") theme and the new notification system is beautiful. Plasma rocks hard! Dolphin rocks! Kde-edu apps are just stunning (Marble is awesome!) Kate rocks! Everything just rocks and everything is configurable...Everything is just like it use to be except for being quite a lot prettier and frankly quite a lot more functional...ROCK ON! :D

k3b is only "kde 3" software i still use (don't mind really because i don't use it like everyday). Quassel replaces konversation just fine ;)...
jestinblogs.blogspot.com
Jan. 27th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
Good Work
Good work. When I first saw KDE 4.0 I thought it as a big disaster.Now they showed the way.Great work!!!!!!!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 27th, 2009 09:58 am (UTC)
Agreed
I must agree - I was a Gnome user until fairly recently. I tried KDE 4.1 because it sorta looked nice, and I haven't stayed back with Gnome. The UI polish is great and things work really well; quite trouble-free!

Gnome does currently have a better level of functionality, (for instance burning CDs from the desktop) but I'm sure the KDE folks are working on this. Better lift your game and give us some of that lovely composited eye-candy!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 27th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Agreed
K3B (finest media-burning application I've ever used!) is still being ported. However, the only bug that I know of that prevented the development code from running looks like it was fixed last week, so I imagine it'll be coming soon.

I haven't checked the state of the "audiocd:/" ioslave lately, but I remember that being an amazing piece of functionality back in KDE 3.x. Hopefully that's been ported by now, too.

All in all, 4.2 looks like it's ALMOST up to KDE 3.5 functionality (though in a few areas 4.2 is already better), and it's in good enough shape for most people to enjoy. 4.3 ought to be amazing if it is as much better than 4.2 as 4.2 was compared to 4.1.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 2nd, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Agreed
Using KDE 4.2, I can certify: the audiocd:// KIOSlave works like KDE 3.5.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 27th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Nice work but I did not care for it...
I tried the 4.2 RC1 version on Ubuntu just recently but did not care for it. KDE, for me, just seems to make some baroque and intrusive interface decisions at times, and the whole experience just isn't as smooth as it has been for me with GNOME.

I also did not find most of the "K" programs nearly as intuitive as GTK based programs were when I first used them. Odd placement/naming of options, interface choices and so-forth. And, is it even possible to get a 12-hour display on the panel clock or no? I certainly couldn't figure this out through the usual, logical means.

Additionally, I was still experiencing a number of glitches on my setup, but I may be in the minority. It is amazing what they've accomplished and a bold move to "break" so strongly with KDE3.5. For me, however the KDE philosophy and design choices just don't suit me as well as GNOME's do....
(Anonymous)
Jan. 28th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Nice work but I did not care for it...
The clock uses KDE's "regional settings" in System Settings (OpenSuse calls it "Personal Settings").
(Anonymous)
Jan. 27th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
Very encouraging
It really is great to see this kind of feedback. Down with the artificial desktop wars and antagonism! We're techies and nerds and we can appreciate cool technologies wherever they pop up!
vinnl.nl
Jan. 27th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried KDE, but I just want to say I'm loving the positivism around here :)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 27th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
thanks
Realy thanks alot on your comments.
Gnome is also an excellent DE
(Anonymous)
Jan. 28th, 2009 11:09 am (UTC)
Yes, it does but...
I've always used Gnome, and still I am.
But, since Qt libraries are going so well I wonder if anyone will ever be so brave to propose to develop Gnome 3.o on Qt.
This would rocks.

Hail to KDE developers.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 28th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Awesomeness
KDE rocks. Gnome rocks.

You rock.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 2nd, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Awesomeness
People who say other people rock (anonymously) rock.
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