Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Jul 2009 20:10 UTC
KDE For a very long time now, I've been on the hunt for a distribution that really put a lot of effort into their KDE4 implementation. This has been a frustrating search, full of broken installations, incredibly slow performance, and so many visual artifacts they made my eyes explode. Since KDE 4.3 is nearing release, I had to pick up this quest in order to take a look at where 4.3 stands - and I found a home in the KDE version of Fedora 11. Read on for a look as to where KDE 4.3 currently stands.
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Glad you like it
by bralkein on Tue 28th Jul 2009 12:49 UTC
bralkein
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2006-12-20

As a KDE fan it is good to see other people enjoying the DE too ;) I think KDE 4 has really shaped up now, and judging by the rate of progress, I can only imagine what it will be like in a couple of years' time.

I like the default kickoff menu myself, but I can understand the dislike others feel for it I suppose. But to prefer the Lancelot launcher instead!? That thing is a mess! For people who dislike kickoff I would recommend the classic menu style, which you can use by just right-clicking on the Kickoff icon and selecting the option. Then you can use the menu editor (accessed in the same way) to strip out all the crap you don't need, leaving you with a really simple and easy custom menu.

I also don't understand why the dislike of KHTML/Konqueror is such a big deal. As I said before, I have been a KDE fan for about 6/7 years but I still just use Firefox because I think it's better. It seems to let me use eg. Okular to use PDFs and everything so there is no problem with integration as far as I can tell. Actually having Konqueror is a good thing because the split view is really useful, I fire it up if I want to drag and drop some images or files from the web into a local folder, for example.

Also one new feature making a comeback in KDE 4.3 is mouse gestures. It is very cool to be able to bind a mouse gesture to a d-bus call to be able to control amarok. The mouse gesture engine is good enough that I can write my name with it and have it recognise it with good consistency.

Good review overall, though!

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