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[4]: Screen estate
by WereCatf on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 14:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Screen estate"
WereCatf
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2006-02-15


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.


All quite good reasons, sure, but do you happen to know if such roaming profiles suffer from the same shortcomings in Linux environment? (Or some other *nix for that matter?) Also worth of note is that there should be a company policy for not storing company data in your personal directory areas, including desktop. Would be good to explain also why not, people are more inclined to follow rules if they understand the reasoning behind them.

The situation is different for home users though; all the people I know like to store frequently accessed files on the desktop, and like f.ex. I do, I store some temporary files there where they are very quickly and easily accessible and then later on store them in the more proper location. The folder view widget has some serious shortcomings in this regard, it just doesn't cut it yet.

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RE[5]: Screen estate
by HappyGnu on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 19:49 in reply to "RE[4]: Screen estate"
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2008-06-02

In my (limited to school really) experience of large scale *nix deployments, the home directory generally simply resides on a file server. I have no idea what the implications of roaming profiles are on windows, but the only problem I can think of affecting *nix desktops would be if you're constantly opening huge files. The desktop is treated just as any other part of your home directory.

As for KDE 4.1 and the folder views, I rather like the idea of being able to display multiple directories on the desktop. The folder views can also filter by file type, so you could have one type of file in one folder view and another in a separate one. It makes for a very organised desktop, unlike the messiness of current desktops.

I've been trying out a SVN version of KDE 4.1 on Arch (there is a repository of compiled SVN packages for Arch) and I find it to be somewhat stable considering it's not to be shipped for another two moths (end of July). The only time plasma has crashed for me was when I was logging out.
The KWin effects are working quite well too. Those were lagging quite hard on 4.0 for me.

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