Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Aug 2009 10:43 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE SUSE Linux used to be a very KDE-centric distribution. Then Novell came around, bought SUSE and Ximian, and slowely but surely they turned the now-openSUSE distribution into effectively a GNOME-centric distribution with KDE as its sidekick. The openSUSE community, however, doesn't appear to be particularly happy with KDE being a sidekick.
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who cares?
by Darkmage on Wed 5th Aug 2009 15:32 UTC
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I love some of the QT apps but hate the look of them.. I am so glad that qt can now be wrapped to look like gtk and vice versa. I think people need to get over the whole wah my desktop is better than yours BS. Gnome and KDE are quickly becoming gnome/kde a hybrid rather than two seperate desktops. I think distros should just push to have both included and if people want to jump onto one or the other simply force gtk to adopt qt styles or kde adopt gtk styles based on which desktop environment the distro chooses to back. I know gnome has no answer to rosegarden or google earth. and KDE has no answer to hydrogen or GIMP. End of the day you use the app for the job and the theme wrappers handle the rest. Now could someone please finish the (qt4) Thorn release of rosegarden? I want all my kde apps to blend into gnome, the sooner the better. QT4 should be commended for that effort.

Meanwhile I think we in the open source community do overlook things too much. There are far too many applications missing from the linux desktop stack. Sure there are some under represented game genres but worse than that are applications which are missing or have horrible UI issues in their open source versions.

Why aren't open source game engines getting the tools needed to mod them effectively? Blender's UI is horrific. The gimp has had people hammering on about how bad it is for 10+ years, I should know since I've been following the platform for that long (I actually do like the gimp but only on my 30" lcd. Horrible app on a smaller screen.)

Why can't I find a lan client that can scan samba/ftp ports and connect to those shares (on multiple computers at the same time think tabbed browsing) to download directly? Windows has had this for years. I shouldn't need to use my file manager which keeps crashing (nautilus or konqueror both crash) or my web browser (firefox can be a download tool but frankly it sucks at queing and multi file transfers.)

The point I'm trying to make is whilst we squabble about the desktop environments. Real users are using the apps they need on other platforms and getting things done. I want Linux to succeed but without apps it won't. The DE doesn't matter. Application functionality does. (I had to make patches to gnome-mplayer before I would accept a gui based media player as being sufficient on linux. there are a hell of a lot of apps still missing which I use CLI for.) Just once I want audio to work and not jam up/be slow when switching songs/using the player (rhythmbox is being a bit stupid right now) /rant

Edited 2009-08-05 15:46 UTC

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