Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Jun 2008 21:46 UTC
KDE KDE 4.1, which is supposed to become the KDE4 version usable by 'normal' people, is coming at the end of July. When Ars reviewed the beta release, they were positive in that it was moving forward at an "extraordinary pace". Despite the positive notions in the news, many seem to have problems actually seeing all the new stuff being done in KDE4 - just like how people fail to see the massive amount of work put into Vista. KDE developer Rafael Fernandez Lopez (I'm sorry for the lack of diacritical marks, an OSNews bug we're working on) decided to put together a screencast showing off all the new stuff coming in KDE 4.1.
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RE: Screen estate
by lemur2 on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 09:21 UTC in reply to "Screen estate"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

Or why use the desktop for what its for: files


You have to be kidding.

The Windows-only IT staff at work spend a good deal of their time beseeching people: "don't put your files on the desktop".

Your post and others on this thread sound just like a series of made-up rants to me.

Honestly.

For example ... if for example you don't like the KDE 4.1 menu, you can always just replace it with the same style of menu as was used in KDE 3.

Soon enough, other options will also become available ... such as Tasty Menu for example:
http://www.kde-apps.org/content/preview.php?preview=1&id=41866&file...

... or if you prefer, Raptor menu:
http://www.raptor-menu.org/
http://pinheiro-kde.blogspot.com/2007/10/raptor-join-fun.html

... or Lancelot menu:
http://www.jarzebski.pl/read/lancelot-wraca-do-gry.so

Whatever floats your boat.

There will be a lot more options by the time KDE 4.1 is released. If you don't like the default menu ... use one you do like.

or at least let the users choose to use the new and improved look OR the old and well proven look


Well exactly !!!

KDE lets you do exactly that. Sheesh!

Select the old menu style in, choose a "retro KDE 3 look" theme, and away you go ... you would get the underlying improvements to the KDE core with very nearly the same look and feel as before.

Plasma is not KDE 4 ... and even if it were, Plasma is very configurable.

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RE[2]: Screen estate
by dagw on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 12:13 in reply to "RE: Screen estate"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

Or why use the desktop for what its for: files
"
You have to be kidding.

The Windows-only IT staff at work spend a good deal of their time beseeching people: "don't put your files on the desktop".
"
Any particular reason or is it just some pet peeve?
I personally think the desktop is a great place to dump files and do so all the time. Just because it doesn't fit into your way of working doesn't make it bad, and trying to make everybody work the way you work will just piss people off.

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RE[3]: Screen estate
by lemur2 on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 12:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Screen estate"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"Or why use the desktop for what its for: files

You have to be kidding.

The Windows-only IT staff at work spend a good deal of their time beseeching people: "don't put your files on the desktop".

...
Any particular reason or is it just some pet peeve?
I personally think the desktop is a great place to dump files and do so all the time. Just because it doesn't fit into your way of working doesn't make it bad, and trying to make everybody work the way you work will just piss people off.
"

Roaming profiles is one reason. Too many files on the desktop kills the intranet performance when people try to logon or logoff. If a size limit is reached for too many files on the desktop, then roaming profiles corrupt.

In addition ... there is the issue of the "hit by a bus" scenario. You should not keep the company's files that you are working on in your own private directory areas ... they should be stored in a public directory belonging to your project or your department.

There are very solid reasons for not using the desktop as a file manager ... any largish network of Windows machines should have such a policy.

Edited 2008-06-02 12:40 UTC

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