Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 13th Jan 2008 20:09 UTC
KDE KDE 4.0.0 has been released on January 11th, after a number of delays; the months preceding the release, the KDE developers tried very hard to downplay expectations. KDE 4.0.0 was just the first release in the KDE 4 series, and such, should not be seen as the best possible representation of the KDE 4.0.0 vision. So, when I installed KDE 4.0.0 on my Ubuntu Gutsy installation last Friday, I knew what to expect: KDE 4 Developer Release 1 (yes, I am a BeOS guy - how did you know?). Read on for a few quick first impressions.
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RE[7]: More problems
by RandomGuy on Mon 14th Jan 2008 03:22 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: More problems"
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Wow, I didn't even know all those options were there so you might be right about rote learning. On the other hand I don't remember having any difficulty switching from Windows XP to KDE.

I never got the impression that the menu designers had made any attempt to make the thing newbie friendly. Things in KDE seem to follow a certain pattern though:
The fancier your task gets, the more layers of menus are involved:

a) simple right click
b) menubar or in the "get fancy" submenu of the right click menu (usually at the end of the right click menu or one of its subsections)
c) submenu in the menubar (like "Configure Konqueror")
d) some dedicated system configuration program, most likely under system>configuration or similar

When I was new to KDE I simply kept out of the more complicated looking menus. Just like a new Gnome user wouldn't start out by messing with gconf.
KDE's advantage is that everything can be configured graphically. That's also its disadvantage since it makes menus messy and allows users to screw things up without knowing how they did it and how they can undo it.

I guess I'm just not the type of person who understands why GUIs should make sense or protect the user from too many choices.
Heck, live itself doesn't make any sense and offers choices galore.

Ah, it's getting late and I'm getting (pseudo) philosophical (again).
Good night, everybody!

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