Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Aug 2009 00:12 UTC, submitted by rexstuff
KDE The KDE team has released KDE 4.3. This release comes packed with improvements and bug fixes - in fact, over the last six months, 10000 bugs were squashed, 2000 feature requests handled, and 63000 changes were checked in by 700 people. We've already talked about this new release in quite some detail last week, but let's take a look at the most important new features anyway.
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by superstoned on Wed 5th Aug 2009 09:30 UTC in reply to "..."
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The good:

* They finally focused in stability.
* The overal speed feels better.

The bad:
* Oxygen theme, matter of taste of course.

* The air circles in plasma theme, distracting.

Hmmm, I like it, and they're not that strong, but I guess you have a point there.

* Round borders in context menu, due to the Oxygen theme.

Yes, it is one of the area's where the oxygen team still wants to improve a bit. They just haven't gotten there yet.

* The font in the calendar is to huge.

In the Kontact calendar app or in the clock calendar? The clock one is SVG so it can be resized ;-)

* Some plasmoid still make plasma crash, sandboxing anyone?

You can't (easily) sandbox C++ widgets... The python, javascript etc widgets ARE sandboxed.

* Dolphin is slow some times.

Same here, I'm sure the dolphin devs would appreciate it if you could figure out WHEN exactly that happens, esp if you did some profiling so they could fix it.

* No pdf previews in icons, like images do.


* To much focus in eye candy, but productivity apps. like mail and browser still lack behind.

You can't tell FOSS developers what to do. Still, I think it's not that bad - the artwork team does their thing, others don't do that much graphics. Our theme engine stuff (like in plasma) just allows a few ppl to do a lot of eyecandy ;-)

* No way to search for content, something like tracker.

Nepomuk is there, has been for a while. Should work just fine.

* The side bar in Okular, no way to deactivate it (but maybe im wrong).

Not sure if it can be deactivated entirely, but it can be collapsed.

* Digikam takes to much memory (80 megas w/o any picture), and it uses marble as a dependency still when many of us don't have any use for it, pluggins anyone?

I believe marble can be optional, not sure if packagers could take care of that or not.

* Many of the plasmoids are useless, just a few of them have a real porpose.

Yep. If you have ideas...

* KWin still is buggy and gets slow some times, driver issued? don't know, compiz has no problems.

KWin has far les hacks and workarounds for driver/ issues. We believe bugs should be fixed, not worked around.

* Separators in panels? not intuitive at all, could be a lot better.

Agreed. If you have a suggestion on how to do it properly I'm sure the plasma devs would be very interested in a concrete proposal. This isn't easy stuff you know!

Hopely all this points will be fixed, some are minors and some are not that minors.


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