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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Comment by Yagami
by Yagami on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 15:58 UTC
Yagami
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2006-07-15

i have been using kde4 4.1 opensuse packages.
since the release of 4.0.80, kde4 is my main desktop. this is trully amazing, since i beleive my kde3 desktop with compiz is almost perfect ;)

ever since 4.0.80 was release, a few days ago, i only encountered one major problem : dunno why but plasma once started using all my cpu all the time ( i deleted plasmarc* in home folder and all was ok again ( i have config files from previous svn kde4.1 releases from opensuse ))

kwin is not as smooth as compiz ( which is perfect smooth on my intel card , even with exa accell ( rant: just to show you dont need latest leetest nvidia card to do some eye candy) ), and there are bugs here and there and everywhere ( sidenote : i submited 3 bugs to dolphin, 2 took 1 hour for the devs to fix, the other took a whole day, because i mailed them directly and the message took a day to get approved ))

dolphin is great : really like it

plasma is also very nice, although i really have panels, so i removed mine and have a desktop without panels ( much nicer this way ). i just hope that the desktop toolbox can be auto hidden and they fix the systray.

unfortunatly, some keybindings arent working , but this is beta , right?

i like very much the kde menu (kickoff) but i set it up near the edge of the screen so it changes its orientation ( much much more usefull this way )

i really dont have problems with screen estate, nor with functionallity and etc. i never really used kde 4.0 since i never found it usefull. but kde4.0 and kde4.1 have almost nothing in common. its amazing the changes between them. if they can change this much as to kde4.1 and kde4.2 , then we are in for desktop nirvana.

for kde 4.1 final , i just wish they fix the bugs. i dont really ask for more features.

by the way, although kde 4.0.80 is filled with bugs everywhere, i cant comment on instability, since it never crashed on these days of usage. ( and i have it almost 24 hours online all the time )

i really like the artwork in kde4 and all the work of the kde artists ( not only in kde software but also on the webpages ).

of course, my kde4 desktop looks nothing like the kde4.1 default desktop. fonts, colors, plasma, i like to change things. i am my desktop's master and not the other way around.

but all important ( since fonts , art , plasma , etc can be all changed and its superficial ) i mostly appreciate the work done on frameworks and libraries. in time, everything can be built and done properly. i hope more developers fall in love with qt and kde framework.

my final though : long live kde , long live gnome, long live enlightenment, long live mac osx and long live vista and xp. why cant we just live happilly together ? why there must be a ring to rule them all ? ( not a nutcase fan of LOTR ) ;)

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