Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Jun 2008 21:46 UTC
KDE KDE 4.1, which is supposed to become the KDE4 version usable by 'normal' people, is coming at the end of July. When Ars reviewed the beta release, they were positive in that it was moving forward at an "extraordinary pace". Despite the positive notions in the news, many seem to have problems actually seeing all the new stuff being done in KDE4 - just like how people fail to see the massive amount of work put into Vista. KDE developer Rafael Fernandez Lopez (I'm sorry for the lack of diacritical marks, an OSNews bug we're working on) decided to put together a screencast showing off all the new stuff coming in KDE 4.1.
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Screen estate
by J.R. on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 06:36 UTC
J.R.
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2007-07-25

...so after all the complaints from the community about the lack of screen estate, Mr.Seigo decided to throw in some more stuff just to make it all worse? Like the desktop toolbox: people complaining? Lets add another one to the panel! Or why use the desktop for what its for: files...lets add a widget that is just floating there and covering the desktop for the files.

I really have been patient, but the obvious innovation does not necessarily mean good innovation; there is no shame in sticking to well proven concepts...or at least let the users choose to use the new and improved look OR the old and well proven look. The "we know best" attitude was what made pidgin fork, and this may as well happen to KDE if the foundation (or should I say a selected few key persons) keep ignoring what the users want by saying "usability tests shows that this is better and you suck" or "I am the boss and you are just users"...but at this rate I believe it soon would be easier to just start all over again.

Many might find all of this exciting, and I agree that as a research platform it IS exciting, but as a day to day desktop environment, KDE is dead to me. While waiting for KDE4 I have been trying to use Gnome instead, and now that KDE4 is here I see no reason for going back. That is a rather lame end to 9 years of KDE usage for me. It is really disapointing...but hey...I am just the user so f--k me right?

Edited 2008-06-02 06:39 UTC

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