Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 22:43 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
KDE "This month's edition of KDE SC is a bugfix and translation update to KDE SC 4.4. KDE SC 4.4.1 is a recommended upgrade for everyone running KDE SC 4.4.0 or earlier versions. As the release only contains bugfixes and translation updates, it will be a safe and pleasant update for everyone. Users around the world will appreciate that KDE SC 4.4.1 multi-language support is more complete. KDE SC 4 is already translated into more than 50 languages, with more to come."
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Usage Statistics
by Nathan O. on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 23:44 UTC
Nathan O.
Member since:
2005-08-11

How heavily is KDE used these days?

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RE: Usage Statistics
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 23:45 UTC in reply to "Usage Statistics"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

About 12.45Kg, I think.

Wait, lemme check...

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RE[2]: Usage Statistics
by Nathan O. on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 23:48 UTC in reply to "RE: Usage Statistics"
Nathan O. Member since:
2005-08-11

I'm from the US. Can you convert that to Troy Pounds for me?

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RE[2]: Missing "Your mother" insult
by WereCatf on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 02:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Usage Statistics"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

About 12.45Kg, I think.

Wait, lemme check...


I have to say you're incorrect. After careful analysis of data from my very reliable and honorable ass I have arrived at the conclusion that an average KDE user weighs 95kg and given the amount of such users -- around 2 billion -- we arrive at a number comparable to square root of his mother's waistline in kilograms.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

About 12.45Kg, I think. Wait, lemme check... I have to say you're incorrect. After careful analysis of data from my very reliable and honorable ass I have arrived at the conclusion that an average KDE user weighs 95kg and given the amount of such users -- around 2 billion -- we arrive at a number comparable to square root of his mother's waistline in kilograms.


I'm assuming that your refernce to billion is the short scale billion (i.e. 10^9 as used in the US).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SI_prefix#List_of_SI_prefixes

2 billion * 95 Kg = 190 teragrams. Or 0.19 petagrams, if you prefer.

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RE: Usage Statistics
by ThomasFuhringer on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 16:52 UTC in reply to "Usage Statistics"
ThomasFuhringer Member since:
2007-01-25

Obviously this was meant to be a polite way of asking: Is anybody actually using it? And if so, for what?

Not a totally unwarranted question to somebody who has tried to do just that.

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RE[2]: Usage Statistics
by zegenie on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 17:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Usage Statistics"
zegenie Member since:
2005-12-31

Yes, yes, I know I bring food, but if you're going to try to be a troll, at least be subtle about it.

Man, trolls were much more skilled back in the days.

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RE[3]: Usage Statistics
by WereCatf on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 18:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Usage Statistics"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Yes, yes, I know I bring food, but if you're going to try to be a troll, at least be subtle about it.

Man, trolls were much more skilled back in the days


Ay, dem new trolls got no brains, mon, dem waddle around like newborn an' bring us bad voodoo. Dem got soft mojo, nuthin' like mah own. I gunna show dem, mon, dey be learnin' dem ways..

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RE[4]: Usage Statistics
by rebel787 on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 20:44 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Usage Statistics"
rebel787 Member since:
2007-01-13

...and after a weekend of Heavy Rain...episode two can be found on OSNews. Heavy Rain Episode 2 - KDE4.4.1.
I just love OSNews!
I know this comment is off topic but KDE 4 is certainly a heavy decision to make. I love KDE but I'm using Ubuntu at the moment :-)
Enough silly talk. Here's my Q and I want and A from you guys... Since everything is a plasmoid why ain't there something more exiting themes like in the days of Enlightenment with it's alien theme for example?
Why does KDE 4 series replicate the look and feel of 3 series?
I'm so excited to the posibilities of 4.x. Well done to all involved in the KDE project.

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RE[2]: Usage Statistics
by foldingstock on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 18:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Usage Statistics"
foldingstock Member since:
2008-10-30

Obviously this was meant to be a polite way of asking: Is anybody actually using it? And if so, for what?

Not a totally unwarranted question to somebody who has tried to do just that.


Most people that use the KDE desktop environment use it as a desktop environment... Not trying to sound sarcastic, but "[used] for what?" is kind of a rhetorical question in my opinion, assuming you understand what KDE is.

Many people use KDE. Most popular Linux distributions support both Gnome and KDE.

I use KDE on my laptop and fluxbox on my desktop (a much older machine). I have liked KDE for a long time and although the 4.x branch was initially a rough transition, it has gotten much better with time. I look forward to trying out the latest release.

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RE[3]: Usage Statistics
by ThomasFuhringer on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 20:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Usage Statistics"
ThomasFuhringer Member since:
2007-01-25

Yes I know. And most people who use computers use them as computers. How funny!

The question is, what are they doing on them? Surf the web and check mail or anything more heavy duty?

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RE[4]: Usage Statistics
by lemur2 on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 22:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Usage Statistics"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Yes I know. And most people who use computers use them as computers. How funny! The question is, what are they doing on them? Surf the web and check mail or anything more heavy duty?


Why is this even a question? KDE SC 4.4.1 is the fastest, most powerful and most flexible desktop available right now. It is a desktop software collection, so it comes with an excellent set of desktop applications (stomping all over what comes with Windows) and it integrates well even with non-KDE desktop (GTK) applications such as OpenOffice, Firefox, GIMP et al.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_KDE_applications

It boots from power off to fully loaded desktop in 15 seconds (the Windows machine at my work takes four minutes). You can enable as much or as little desktop bling as you like, and if you care to do so you can orgainse multiple desktops into different activities. Apart from multiple use-context-configurable desktops, it has numerous other minor usability features such as clipboard history and paste-on-middle-click that are not found on other desktops. It supports not only its own native desktop widgets but also Google and OSX widgets.

http://lifehacker.com/346312/design-your-own-desktop-with-kde-4
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasma_(KDE)#Supported_Widgets

It is lightweight enough so that there is a netbook version of KDE4/Plasma (and flexible enough that a whole new netbook desktop interface can be made with the same Plasma technology), but it is also powerful enough to support more desktop functionality than any other desktop currently available. Use it for as "heavy" usage as you want.

Edited 2010-03-03 22:38 UTC

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RE[4]: Usage Statistics
by lemur2 on Thu 4th Mar 2010 03:54 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Usage Statistics"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

The question is, what are they doing on them? Surf the web and check mail or anything more heavy duty?


Having already explained the advantages of the best-of-breed power, performance and flexibility of the KDE desktop itself, perhaps now you might like to take a look at the designed-for-KDE applications in the KDE Software Collection:
http://www.kde.org/applications/

There are quite a lot to go through, although you are not limited to only those because KDE easily runs GTK+ applications with fairly seemless integration these days. Decide for yourself what you might use it all for.

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Right-click desktop menus
by lemur2 on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 00:39 UTC
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

There has been a poster on OSNews whose question of every release of KDE has been "does it allow access to menus via right-click on the desktop itself?".

The answer is that since KDE SC 4.4, indeed it does.

Select the Mouse Actions tab on the desktop settings menu, and then select "Application Launcher" against the right-button mouse action.

http://ourlan.homelinux.net/qdig/?Qwd=./KDE4_desktop&Qif=Right-clic...

Edited 2010-03-03 00:42 UTC

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Comment by pompous stranger
by pompous stranger on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 03:24 UTC
pompous stranger
Member since:
2006-05-28

That is a seriously svelte changelog for a bugfix release, like what we were seeing at the end of the 3.5 series. For example, it's about half the size of the 4.2.1 changelog, the release when kde4 first started to stabilize:

http://www.kde.org/announcements/changelogs/changelog4_2to4_2_1.php

and most of the size overlap are the list headings. KDE4 has really matured in the last year, great project, I'm glad the risk they took has paid off from a technical standpoint.

Edited 2010-03-03 03:26 UTC

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