Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Jul 2009 20:10 UTC
KDE For a very long time now, I've been on the hunt for a distribution that really put a lot of effort into their KDE4 implementation. This has been a frustrating search, full of broken installations, incredibly slow performance, and so many visual artifacts they made my eyes explode. Since KDE 4.3 is nearing release, I had to pick up this quest in order to take a look at where 4.3 stands - and I found a home in the KDE version of Fedora 11. Read on for a look as to where KDE 4.3 currently stands.
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KDE Needs a Focused Distribution
by segedunum on Tue 28th Jul 2009 00:06 UTC
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What KDE needs is a distribution entirely focused on showing off KDE 4 in its best light and integrating the rest of the system with it. It needs a distributor who will work very closely with upstream and understand what the hell is going on technically. Until that happens then it's just popcorn in the pan and we're still going to see a huge disjoint between any good stuff that is happening in KDE and what the distributor actually does and implements. We need to stop putting our faith in 'enterprise' distributions who just care about keeping the desktop ticking over.

OpenSuse tries to backport features that it really shouldn't and Kubuntu wanders off following Ubuntu around. It shows. There is also very poor integration. YaST is actually a decent system tool and the best we have currently (doesn't say much), but why oh why after all these years do they keep coming up with that piss-poor user interface that is completely separate and not integrated with the desktop's control centre? Mandrake has always done it as well. That confused me when I first started using Linux distros and it still confuses the hell out of users to this day.

Not finding a good enough distribution to show a modern open source desktop like KDE 4 in its best light has pushed me into recommending Macs for a couple of Rails developers. That's sad because the software is there, it should be the perfect environment for such usage and it's obviously costing more in hardware. Par for the course at the moment.

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