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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Different strokes for different folks.
by DeadFishMan on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 13:54 UTC
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Perhaps beauty is in the eye of the beholder? I think that KDE is currently the prettiest DE on the planet precisely because by default it uses very neutral colors (mostly shades of gray which, coincidentally or not, is pretty much the same palette used on OSX ) and the default Air and Oxygen themes are very beautiful and easy on the eyes. I for one love the transparency effects in the plasma applets and even in places where it could appear somewhat garish and overdone, the blur effect ensures that readability is not compromised.

On the other hand when I tried to setup a profile using an earlier version of Ubuntu with Unity for my wife to see if it would please her and make her life less miserable (since she has a heck of a hard time around computers, smartphones, etc.) her first remark was how ugly Unity was and why I would get to use KDE while she would have to settle with that, and I quote, "brown-ish monstrosity"? I had to revert that shortly after although she did appreciate the simplicity to some extent.

Having said that, I definitely agree that it would benefit KDE as a whole to streamline the theming options a little bit and that they should stop moving options in the system settings on every minor point release because it gets tiring after a while. It became so bad that even a long time KDE fan such as myself had a heck of a hard time trying to set certain DE shortcuts and in at least one case gave up altogether because it was impossible to find the damn option and googling for a solution showed lots of people struggling with that and no actual solution in sight except maybe something that used to work until version 4.6 or so...

Edited 2012-08-02 14:11 UTC

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