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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RE[4]: Screen estate
by WereCatf on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 14:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Screen estate"
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Roaming profiles is one reason. Too many files on the desktop kills the intranet performance when people try to logon or logoff. If a size limit is reached for too many files on the desktop, then roaming profiles corrupt.

In addition ... there is the issue of the "hit by a bus" scenario. You should not keep the company's files that you are working on in your own private directory areas ... they should be stored in a public directory belonging to your project or your department.

There are very solid reasons for not using the desktop as a file manager ... any largish network of Windows machines should have such a policy.

All quite good reasons, sure, but do you happen to know if such roaming profiles suffer from the same shortcomings in Linux environment? (Or some other *nix for that matter?) Also worth of note is that there should be a company policy for not storing company data in your personal directory areas, including desktop. Would be good to explain also why not, people are more inclined to follow rules if they understand the reasoning behind them.

The situation is different for home users though; all the people I know like to store frequently accessed files on the desktop, and like f.ex. I do, I store some temporary files there where they are very quickly and easily accessible and then later on store them in the more proper location. The folder view widget has some serious shortcomings in this regard, it just doesn't cut it yet.

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