Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Feb 2010 19:06 UTC, submitted by diegocg
KDE And there we are, the KDE team has released KDE Software Compilation 4.4, formerly known as, well, KDE. Major new features include social networking and online collaboration integration, the new netbook interface, the KAuth authentication framework, and a lot more.
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lemur2
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2007-02-17

I agree, KDE SC 4.4 will change the way people use computers. 2010 will finally be the year of linux As much as I love Linux...no, the year of Linux is more likely something around 2035. First of all, most people don't need Linux; they have Windows which suffices for their needs. Secondly, their software stack is usually tied to a single platform. Third and most important, I still see lots of issues related to video; missing features in open-source drivers, buggy closed-source ones, neither of them being configured the same way etc. Non-geek users just can't tackle with such, and even geek users often do not wish to tackle with such when they can get work done easier on another OS.


All of these possible snags are easily overcome via the simple procedure of pre-installing Linux and an advanced desktop and application set (KDE SC 4.4 is a great start) for the end user on appropriate hardware.

This is, after all, what users get when they buy Windows or Mac. If KDE SC 4.4 were allowed to compete on equal terms (that is, one could buy it pre-installed in a computer shop, and shoppers could compare it side-by-side with a Windows or Mac machine) ... then there would be no contest.

Compare apples with apples, so to speak. Compare each OS under the same means of obtaining it.

Pre-installed, correctly working, properly shop-configured KDE SC 4.4 (plus perhaps a few extra applications outside of KDE SC, such as Firefox, OpenOffice and GIMP) beats shop-bought Windows 7 hands down.

KDE SC 4.4 beats Windows 7 or Mac OSX on functionality (of pre-installed applications), performance (both responsiveness and start-up time), ease-of-use, stability, configurability, ease-of-update, ease-of-expansion and security (via both superior robustness in the first place and via lack of threats against it in the wild). Easily. By a mile.

The only serious competitor would be GNOME, really.

Edited 2010-02-10 02:12 UTC

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Compare apples with apples, so to speak. Compare each OS under the same means of obtaining it.

Comparing them like that makes no sense as you can't obtain them the same way in reality. If they were available equally then the situation would be different, I agree. Alas, it's not. Besides, even then the shops would have to choose between possibly/probably unstable closed-source drivers or open-source drivers which almost always lack features.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Compare apples with apples, so to speak. Compare each OS under the same means of obtaining it. Comparing them like that makes no sense as you can't obtain them the same way in reality. If they were available equally then the situation would be different, I agree. Alas, it's not. Besides, even then the shops would have to choose between possibly/probably unstable closed-source drivers or open-source drivers which almost always lack features.


There are a few places online where one can escape the tyranny of not being able to choose from all possible options.

ZaReason, System76 and even Dell, in the US, and in my country, somewhere like this:

http://www.vgcomputing.com.au/nsintro.html

will pre-test Linux on the hardware for you, and tell you the result. Where they rate the Linux compatibility as "excellent", AFAIK they mean that all drivers are fully functional and supported as open source.

The fact that VG computing is a supplier in my country does not mean that they are of no interest to everyone else, because their list of notebook/laptop machines versus their as-tested Linux compatibility is valid world-wide:

http://www.vgcomputing.com.au/notebooks.csv

Download it if you like, perhaps if you are considering buying a notebook/laptop from which to strip away the OEM Windows. There are 73 recent laptop/notebook machines listed which are rated as having "excellent" Linux compatibility.

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tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

"I agree, KDE SC 4.4 will change the way people use computers. 2010 will finally be the year of linux As much as I love Linux...no, the year of Linux is more likely something around 2035. First of all, most people don't need Linux; they have Windows which suffices for their needs. Secondly, their software stack is usually tied to a single platform. Third and most important, I still see lots of issues related to video; missing features in open-source drivers, buggy closed-source ones, neither of them being configured the same way etc. Non-geek users just can't tackle with such, and even geek users often do not wish to tackle with such when they can get work done easier on another OS.


All of these possible snags are easily overcome via the simple procedure of pre-installing Linux and an advanced desktop and application set (KDE SC 4.4 is a great start) for the end user on appropriate hardware.

This is, after all, what users get when they buy Windows or Mac. If KDE SC 4.4 were allowed to compete on equal terms (that is, one could buy it pre-installed in a computer shop, and shoppers could compare it side-by-side with a Windows or Mac machine) ... then there would be no contest.

Compare apples with apples, so to speak. Compare each OS under the same means of obtaining it.

Pre-installed, correctly working, properly shop-configured KDE SC 4.4 (plus perhaps a few extra applications outside of KDE SC, such as Firefox, OpenOffice and GIMP) beats shop-bought Windows 7 hands down.

KDE SC 4.4 beats Windows 7 or Mac OSX on functionality (of pre-installed applications), performance (both responsiveness and start-up time), ease-of-use, stability, configurability, ease-of-update, ease-of-expansion and security (via both superior robustness in the first place and via lack of threats against it in the wild). Easily. By a mile.

The only serious competitor would be GNOME, really.
"


Thanks for the subjectivity on benchmarks and productivity software.

I enjoy KDE 4.3, Gnome and of course OS X. I won't speak about Windows as I stepped away from that system 8 years ago for development.

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