Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Aug 2013 22:46 UTC, submitted by JRepin
KDE The KDE Software Compilation 4.11 has been released.

Gearing up for long term maintenance, Plasma Workspaces delivers further improvements to basic functionality with a smoother taskbar, smarter battery widget and improved sound mixer. The introduction of KScreen brings intelligent multi-monitor handling to the Workspaces, and large scale performance improvements combined with small usability tweaks make for an overall nicer experience.

This release marks massive improvements in the KDE PIM stack, giving much better performance and many new features. Kate improves the productivity of Python and Javascript developers with new plugins, Dolphin became faster and the educational applications bring various new features.

This release of KDE Platform 4.11 continues to focus on stability. New features are being implemented for our future KDE Frameworks 5.0 release, but for the stable release we managed to squeeze in optimizations for our Nepomuk framework.

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RE: KDE and ugliness
by cmost on Sat 17th Aug 2013 13:45 UTC in reply to "KDE and ugliness"
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Whenever new KDE SC is released there is always the same flame war:
user A: KDE is butt ugly,
user B: Just tweak it to be beautiful
(User B may or may not include links to kde-look web page)

What user B doesn't get is that KDE makes it unbelievably hard for newcomers to change a theme. In fact, regarding aesthetics, KDE did everything wrong (again looking from newbie perspective). Even word "theme" has a different meaning in KDE, you get "themes" for every part of the desktop: windows, window borders, cursor, icons, splash screen, desktop, taskbar, desktop background... But there is no GLOBAL theme (the one that would unite all of this stuff into a consistent and coherent group).

So, what a newbie that doesn't like default theme does?
He/she goes through system settings, discovers Application appearance and Workspace appearance, tries to get new themes though nice "Get new themes" button, finds something interesting on kde-look, and... just part of the screen changes. After going through all those regional themes (for the lack of better name), unless you have some talent for arranging colors and shapes, you end up with something that was designed by a color-blind person (typically in top results you get theme A for windows theme, theme B for taskbar theme, theme C for Icons, and so on... ).

And the best part, you can't even reset everything to default values with a single button click. Seriously, at this point it is much easier to reinstall the system.

And it is so easy to solve this mess. Instead of forcing users to set each element of desktop individually, just introduce global themes that can be installed automatically (with a single mouse click). Then users can just go to kde-look or deviant-art (or where ever) select some theme (the one that changes everything on the screen), and be happy about KDE looks.

Let user browse different designs, notice "that nice greenish theme", one click instal it, and praise the beauty and simplicity of KDE.

But I don't have my hopes high, KDE people like it the way things are. They don't think it is complicated to change desktop looks, they don't see a problem with current approach (where user is forced to change everything piece by piece), so things will probably remain the way they are for eternity. Too bad, because KDE CS is such a great product. Such fantastic product that fails on such minor, easy to fix things.

Give me a frigg'n break! Honestly, just use Gnome!!!

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