Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Nov 2011 21:31 UTC, submitted by Z_God
KDE Disappointed with KDE 4's performance and other shortcomings, Timothy Pearson continued KDE 3.5 development under the name Trinity. Today the first third major update of the Trinity Desktop Environment is released, providing an alternative upgrade path for KDE users who do not feel comfortable with KDE 4.
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RE[4]: What's going on?
by lemur2 on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 22:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: What's going on?"
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Sorry I missed "If you have these opinions of KDE, do you also have them for XP? If not, then you have a clear double standard, I'm afraid.
Firstly I don't see XP as the gold standard of user interfaces - I think its dated and poor by the standards of today. However, XP does have a programs menu as a break out tree which I find quite usable. KDEs Kicker, I find more like Vista and Windows 7 and equally horrible. "

KDE4 doesn't run kicker. Kicker is the menu from KDE3, which is a tree menu.

KDE4 runs Kickoff, which has two distinct modes. The default mode is, I find also, not very good, but Kickoff also has a "classic" mode which is exactly like the "tree" which you yourself claim you find quite useable. If you find it useable for XP, why wouldn't it be useable for KDE?

Furthermore, there is the issue of the names visible on sub-levels of the tree. In KDE4, the first sub-level is the application category ... which is groups like Internet, Graphics, Office, Games, Utilities and System. On XP, this level is the name of the vendor, so that you have to know that Adobe is the author of Acrobat Reader. Back on KDE then next level below the category is the application description, so the PDF viewer would be listed as "document viewer" on the menu, with additional information being the name of the program, which happens to be "Okular". On XP, this level is the application name, so you have to know that Acrobat Reader is Adobe's PDF viewer application.

So, I ask you once again, why do you hold this apparent double standard, when the KDE menus are actually easier to use?

PS: Lancelot also has several modes. By default is has two columns, so when it opens you see a "favourites" column (which contains whatever you set), and the applications category column.

Applications category opening menu:

Computer category opening menu:

When you click on an entry in the right-hand column, that colum slides across to the left, and the next lower level of the menu appears in the right-hand column.

If you wish you can change this behaviour so that Lancelot uses more than two columns.

Edited 2011-11-02 22:44 UTC

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