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KDE 4.1 rocks!

I wanted to be fair to the KDE guys since I poorly reviewed 4.0 final. I have installed 4.1 on Debian (from experimental) and played with it for about two days now. In short, it completely and totally rocks. It's stable and does exactly what it's supposed to do. The glitz is used sparingly and appropriately. The KWin XRender acceleration is phenomenal.

Plasma folder view actually gives, IMHO, the dashboard with a quick CTRL+F12 call up a functional purpose that anyone can appreciate. I love the ALT+F2 rapid application finder.

And finally, the Games module is really, really impressive. And they do it without 3D acceleration--QCanvas is flexing its muscles there. I'm a little jealous, actually.

Some rough edges remain regarding things like multimedia keys but other than that, I have no complaints.

Congrats KDE Team!


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 2nd, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for being objective
I love it when I read a praise from a Gnome dev to a KDE software. or the opposite. It assures the FOSS community that there is respect and collaboration between KDE and Gnome people.

Kudos to you!
Aug. 2nd, 2008 07:16 am (UTC)
It's a real shame though that KDE folks have no slightest idea about usability and its goals. I just installed 4.1 as well, and they are repeating the same colossal mistakes all over again. That is not how you might want to develop GUIs for nerds and end users, but definitely not for normal users. :-(

Ah well, perhaps KDE 5.x will be usable as well.
Aug. 3rd, 2008 08:50 am (UTC)
Re: Usability
And what are these "colossal mistakes"?
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Usability
"It's a real shame though that KDE folks have no slightest idea about usability and its goals."

And you obviously have no slightest idea on how to give feedback. No tangible examples, no suggestions, no nothing. You simply say "it sucks", and leave it at that.
Aug. 4th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Usability
I am sure the KDE usability team will be more than grateful to receive your contributions. They know that not everything is perfect but they are working hard. If you want to help rather than just whine, please read this http://usability.kde.org/communication/contributing.php .
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