Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Mar 2009 18:37 UTC
Linux After two years, the relatively popular PCLinuxOS distribution has finally put out a new major release, imaginatively called PCLinuxOS 2009.1. PCLinuxOS is a release originally based on Mandrake (now Mandriva), but which has taken on a life of its own. The distribution has one selling point (for some, at least) few other popular distributions have: it eschews KDE4 (for now).
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RE: excellent
by DeadFishMan on Thu 12th Mar 2009 19:43 UTC in reply to "excellent"
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I am glad it is not just me that cannot stand KDE4.
I have tried to like it, the version on Opensuse 11 is the best I have seen, but it still does not "feel" like a good desktop environment.

I tried the Ubuntu version, nope, back to Gnome, and on this laptop, I am using WinXP, as it is a dual boot with PC-BSD 7.1... with KDE4.1 that I cannot stand.

Sorry devs, but hte new KDE is just horrible.

I believe that OpenSUSE decided to keep KDE 4.1 for stability (whatever that means with 4.1) and to backport some stuff from 4.2 to it. You might want to try KDE 4.2 as it is a whole lot better than 4.1. I'm currently tracking it in Sid on my laptop and I am VERY satisfied with it. It is stable, some major problems with desktop plasmoids were fixed and it looks great (I'm using the Elegance Plasma theme with the default Oxygen icons), even for people without compositing-capable hardware.

Sure, it still looks and feels unfinished here and there but the rate that improvements are being delivered is unbelievable. My only complaint is with Amarok 2: Amarok 1.4's UI was nearly perfect and they should have just tried to tune it a bit. The current 2.X alphas and betas look really bad but I am pretty sure that they are trying hard to make it look good as it changes every other week.

I have three main hold outs that prevents me from adopting 4.2 completely on my main desktop:

Localization: I will have to wait until Mandriva or someone else can deliver a good localization for Brazilian Portuguese before I can move my family to it.

k3b: Seriously, this is best burning app ever and it is sad that the early ports to Qt 4.X are not up to the snuff yet.

Konversation: Great IRC client, albeit a bit simpler and less powerful than X-Chat. I heard from one of the developers that the KDE 4 port wasn't exactly a priority until sometime ago but they already have something on SVN (highly unstable though so it's not for the faint of heart). I've been using Quassel in the mean time and I'm loving it. Unfortunately it does not support DCC transfers yet due to its unusual design, but it is on its TO-DO list.

Other than that, it is fine. There are some other Qt3 and/or KDE 3 software that I'm really fond of that may or may not make the cut like Valknut and Apollon but that can be somehow worked around. For most people, the functionality delivered is more than enough.

I don't want to sound like a sales man but I truly believe that the improvements brought by KDE 4.2 should be enough to at least make you give it another chance. Who knows, you might like it! ^_^

Edited 2009-03-12 19:45 UTC

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