Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jul 2011 20:50 UTC, submitted by sb56637
KDE "KDE is delighted to announce its latest set of releases, providing major updates to the KDE Plasma Workspaces, KDE Applications, and the KDE Platform that provides the foundation for KDE software. Version 4.7 of these releases provide many new features and improved stability and performance."
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Lack of focus
by diegocg on Wed 27th Jul 2011 23:26 UTC
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2005-07-08

I'm a KDE user, and even if I would never change it for Gnome, I continue to miss the lack of focus and polish of Apple. Activities, for example, feel like a great idea in theory. But the UI and the interaction with is crap. And by this I mean: I'm a geek and I don't use it because it's too confusing. I always have my apps in full screen so I can't click on the desktop, and I can't bother to learn keyboard shortcuts, so to access the Activities UI, I've to go to "Panel options -> add widgets". I don't understand why the Activities button needs to be in the same place I add widgets to a panel (and I don't understand why they share the same window shape). I don't know what happens when I create a new activity, I don't know what happens when I press the "stop" button, I don't know what happens when I delete an Activity. I feel like I'm losing the control of what happens in my desktop, so I just don't use it. It feels like an UI done by a software engineer...

And then there is plasma. I really like the idea behind plasma, but I don't understand why the modularity and complexity of configuration of plasma has to show up on the UI. A normal user should be allowed to delete the default panel and the menu button? Also

And there are some small things that make me feel like I'm back into the 90's, like these stupid "did you know... / check this checkbox if you don't to see this dialog again" in some apps, or the "are you sure you want to quit? / don't ask this again".

Well, maybe this post is proof that I should try another desktop shell...one that is not kde/gnome :/

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