Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 01:48 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
KDE "KDE is delighted to announce its latest set of releases, providing major updates to KDE Plasma Workspaces, KDE Applications, and the KDE Platform. Version 4.9 provides many new features, along with improved stability and performance."
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RE[3]: Oh, my...
by Loreia on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 12:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Oh, my..."
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Ars Technica is a Microsoft shop. They even have a section called "One Microsoft Way".

The Ars Technica fanbois are simply trying to disparage KDE via their multiple accounts, posting disparaging nonsense then agreeing with themselves.

Pay them no heed. Don't feed the trolls.

I am not so worried about *who* is criticizing, I am more interested in *what* they have to say. And the fact that many people find default KDE "ugly" or "hurting eyes" tells you a lot.

The thing is, I agree with most of them. If I ignore childish insults, I can agree that default KDE look is "ugly". In fact I find it the least visually appealing DE out there. And this is coming from someone who works in 10 years old Solaris CDE on daily basis.

But what I find the most annoying part is that KDE makes it so hard to change the look and feel of KDE desktop. They have all these "regional themes" (one for each element of desktop) that you need to manually select and download from Why isn't there a central way to change KDE from "ugly" to "stunningly beautiful" with a single mouse click? In this way talented artist could create and share "real themes" (the kind that changes everything on a screen)

Current way is so tiresome that even distributions don't bother, they just ship default one, at most they change wallpaper.

To be perfectly honest, some applications (like Dolphin and Kate) leave better initial impression on me when I install them on MS Windows.

I find it sad that KDE guys work so hard to create this great DE, and then they "shoot themselves in the foot" by ignoring visual aesthetics aspect of it. Since most distributions don't care about KDE more that compiling and shipping default version, maybe KDE team should pay some attention to the problem.

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