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[5]: Screen estate
by HappyGnu on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 19:49 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Screen estate"
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In my (limited to school really) experience of large scale *nix deployments, the home directory generally simply resides on a file server. I have no idea what the implications of roaming profiles are on windows, but the only problem I can think of affecting *nix desktops would be if you're constantly opening huge files. The desktop is treated just as any other part of your home directory.

As for KDE 4.1 and the folder views, I rather like the idea of being able to display multiple directories on the desktop. The folder views can also filter by file type, so you could have one type of file in one folder view and another in a separate one. It makes for a very organised desktop, unlike the messiness of current desktops.

I've been trying out a SVN version of KDE 4.1 on Arch (there is a repository of compiled SVN packages for Arch) and I find it to be somewhat stable considering it's not to be shipped for another two moths (end of July). The only time plasma has crashed for me was when I was logging out.
The KWin effects are working quite well too. Those were lagging quite hard on 4.0 for me.

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