Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Nov 2009 00:05 UTC, submitted by elsewhere
KDE We all know what KDE stands for, right? Unless you're new here, you'll know that it stands for the K Desktop Environment. While this certainly covers a large chunk of what KDE stands for, it has increasingly lost its meaning over the past few years. Consequently, the KDE team has decided to 'reposition' the KDE brand.
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RE: Problem they have is KDE 4
by Laurence on Thu 26th Nov 2009 13:11 UTC in reply to "Problem they have is KDE 4"
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The problem they have is surely KDE 4? I think its beautiful, and its most creative as a redesign of the UI. But no way am I ever going to offer this stuff to a naive user, any more than I would start them off with fluxbox or enlightenment, which are also both great, in their own ways.

I don't know what they were thinking of. Not in terms of the thing itself, but in terms of the people who were going to have to use it. You just cannot do this stuff to the mass market. And yes, I have fired it up several times, quite liked it, decided fluxbox was still the main choice, and each time wondered what on earth I would say to a naive user if he/she were confronted with it.

And answer came there none.

Odd to read that as I always thought KDE4.x was the most accessable DE for Linux newbies from Windows-land.

In a vanilla set up, it's got:
* a left justified start button - like Windows.
* a Task bar at the botton of the screen - like Windows.
* and a system tray at the right of the task bar - like windows.
* it has a digital clock (also on the far right of the task bar) - also like windows
* KDE has simular window deccorations to Windows
* and single unified control panel (like windows) which then launches control pannel applets (like windows)

Sure, you can heavily customize KDE to look different to it's default - vanilla - set up and sure, there are also many differences (some subtle, others more extreme) between KDE and Windows.

But for me, it seems the Window-esk in design out of all of the *nix DE I've tried.

So, for that alone, I think it's probably the least intimidating DE for new users who previously used Windows.

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