Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Nov 2009 20:03 UTC, submitted by michuk
KDE "I have managed to find some time to cover the recent changes in the development version of KDE 4.4. The number of changes is not impressive but they are interesting enough to write an article."
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My desktop
by k.g.stoyanov on Mon 30th Nov 2009 22:04 UTC
k.g.stoyanov
Member since:
2005-07-12

Hm, nice, but my desktop is empty space, i dont want to do any fancy things with my desktop, or with my windows, i dont want "gadgets", i just want my software to works, a working place what Works and Works Fast! I think KDE got the vista-way, the way to nowhere..

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RE: My desktop
by DigitalAxis on Mon 30th Nov 2009 22:27 in reply to "My desktop"
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2005-08-28

I dunno, all the features the top post here lists look like invisible backend changes to make stuff work better (pulseaudio support, better policykit support, [new?] networkmanager frontend (the old one does NOT work in KDE with ascii-password networks)).

And hey, they worked some more on the animations again. I would still like a 'darken unresponsive window' option like Compiz had, that was genuinely useful; I wonder if they actually put that one in this time around.

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RE: My desktop
by Morty on Mon 30th Nov 2009 22:28 in reply to "My desktop"
Morty Member since:
2005-07-06

Hm, nice, but my desktop is empty space, i dont want to do any fancy things with my desktop


And this the power of KDE, the fancy stuff are there for the people who need or want it, but it is not mandatory. KDE works just as good without.

Besides the main power fo KDE are still the powerful high quality applications. A flexible desktop able to improve workflow and not getting in the way is great, but in the end it's in the applications time is spent doing actuall tasks.

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RE[2]: My desktop
by DigitalAxis on Tue 1st Dec 2009 00:01 in reply to "RE: My desktop"
DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

Actually, at least some of the fancy stuff IS mandatory for me. I have to turn on desktop effects (as a category, but I can leave all the effects off) to not have new widget tooltips erase the portion of the screen a previous widget tooltip was displayed on. Apparently it's a bug in the implementation of X.org's X server.

Fortunately, I see no slowdown in speed with effects on.

Edited 2009-12-01 00:02 UTC

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RE: My desktop
by lemur2 on Mon 30th Nov 2009 23:14 in reply to "My desktop"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Hm, nice, but my desktop is empty space, i dont want to do any fancy things with my desktop, or with my windows, i dont want "gadgets", i just want my software to works, a working place what Works and Works Fast! I think KDE got the vista-way, the way to nowhere..


One can have a KDE desktop as empty space. No problem. Just close any desktop widgets, and set the activity type to "folder view".

Example:

http://ourlan.homelinux.net/qdig/KDE4_desktop/Cahkra-ArchLinux-KDE-...

Nothing on the desktop except running application windows and a "Home" folder icon.

This way you still get to enjoy the undelying fast new, clean framework of KDE (Solid, Phonon, kwin, etc) without any "frills" that you don't want.

BTW: your post is typical of what I mean by an "Internet meme bagging KDE". Your post was an unsupported claim that KDE was cluttered and slow, whereas in actual fact it can be completely uncluttered and it is very fast.

Edited 2009-11-30 23:23 UTC

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