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i used to be a satisfied kde3 user. BUT,
Why is it that i consider widget driven deskop as the worst WIMP in existance... I cant tell but kde has still not "wow"ed me in any way, frustration, bad implementation and an akward control panel..... it feels almost like windows 7 or a really bad knockoff from osx. It does not what i want it to do.
On the lighter note i LOVE kwin. that part is a godsend for people like me. i even use it on my gnome desktop.
Also i really like kgeography.. (end point) that is all.
same. I'm just not sold on the idea of having desktop + shell by SuperKaramba.
I try it out once in a while, but I don't feel comfortable there. I'm riding KDE3 into the ground, until it is no longer in Debian Stable (maybe Old Stable) though that means I am using a non maintained, non updated desktop, not to mention it makes it a little hard to get updated packages for other things if I am stuck with Stable. Which is basically why, as I have detailed before, I don't use Linux as much anymore. For me personally, KDE4 has been a disaster.
Actually when they polish all rough edges of KDE on the software level, some good themes and widgets finally may make hearts of the audience more, you know, warm in relation to KDE and friends.
At least I hope so.
For me KDE 4 is still not catching up. Also I dont see people now moving back from GNome to KDE the way people moved from KDE to GNome.
I also agree with earlier post that says "KDE 4 is now feels more like a bolted Windows Vista/7"
The problem is KDE allowed GNome to catchup during the 3.5 to 4 transition. I was hardcore fan of KDE and used KDE from Version 1...
I also agree with you that distos are not manging KDE implementation properly and KUbuntu sucks if you directly compare it with Ubuntu implementation of GNome. Also God knows whats up with PCLinuxOS! After there 0.9.2 version which was shipped with KDE 3.5, I still have not seen them releasing full fledged KDE 4 release.
Never the less I hope KDE gus without losing there momentum continue to develop KDE 4 and someday people may move back to KDE.
KDE 4.3.x is awesome. Do you know of any reviews/writeups similar to "Linux Distros that Don't Suck" but compares running KDE?
KDE 4 has been an unmitigated disaster from the moment the dev team cynically and deceitfully declared KDE 4.0 to be "ready for the desktop" without any caveats, and implied that it was ready for production use.
In fact, it's still nowhere close.
Not only that, but the dev team seems to be contaminated with Windows refugees who never once ran KDE 3 (The constant refrain of "we can't restore missing KDE 3 functionality if you don't tell us what's not there" when most of the deficiencies were bleedingly obvious to even a blind man.) nor ANY system with multiple virtual desktops (Hence the emphasis on the unweildly "plasmoids" -- which would make sense on the no-virtual-desktop Windows platform, but makes absolutely NO sense in a programming environment with has history of virtual desktops for almost 15 years now -- CDE, which inspired the original KDE in both name and style, was a virtual-desktop system (originally HP-VUE) dating back to the early 90's).
I'm staying with KDE 3 until either Aaron Segio pulls his head out of his anus (doubtful) or until someone who knows what they're doing comes along to take over. God help us if it takes until KDE 5 for the latter to happen.
In fact, it's still nowhere close.
I did find it useable. It's quite cluttered and some things just aren't clear or obvious enough. But still, useable.
The constant refrain of "we can't restore missing KDE 3 functionality if you don't tell us what's not there" when most of the deficiencies were bleedingly obvious to even a blind man
Stop being stubborn/arrogant then and list those things that are missing. Simple as that.
nor ANY system with multiple virtual desktops (Hence the emphasis on the unweildly "plasmoids" -- which would make sense on the no-virtual-desktop Windows platform, but makes absolutely NO sense in a programming environment with has history of virtual desktops for almost 15 years now
Plasmoids and virtual desktops have nothing in common. Why are plasmoids are bad thing on a system capable of supporting virtual desktops?