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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RE: thank you!
by sakeniwefu on Thu 11th Feb 2010 13:33 UTC in reply to "thank you!"
sakeniwefu
Member since:
2008-02-26

KDE is getting to be quite good.

It is stable and responsive, and that matters to me.
Recent versions don't really look any worse than Mac OS X either if you care about that. IMO, after playing a bit with a Mac, it seems obvious that both KDE and Gnome are heavily inspired on Mac OS(The stupid control panel for example).

But while Gnome, well, is Gnome, the latest KDE does a better job in keeping the useless eye-candy from affecting usability negatively.

Now C++ and very few not quite excellent apps and applets are the only items remaining on my minus list.

If I had to recommend a Linux Desktop, without any doubt, it would have to be a KDE distribution.

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RE[2]: thank you!
by GiantTalkingCow on Sat 13th Feb 2010 18:04 in reply to "RE: thank you!"
GiantTalkingCow Member since:
2009-01-27

Don't look any worse than OS X? Well, yes and no. Certainly, KDE 4.4 is up to par when it comes to themes (Oxygen has really matured into something attractive and unobtrusive) and catching up fast when it comes to desktop effects (the timing seems just a bit off, still), but when it comes to icons, layout, and especially default fonts and spacing, it needs a lot of work. Sane and attractive defaults matter quite a bit, especially when a user's not able or willing to root around in the various config dialogues to tweak them.

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RE[3]: thank you!
by sakeniwefu on Sun 14th Feb 2010 14:58 in reply to "RE[2]: thank you!"
sakeniwefu Member since:
2008-02-26

Do the better fonts and spacing even exist in a way that can be used by KDE(copyright and patent free)?

Frankly, I don't think default fonts and spacing are that bad. They may lose in a side by side comparison but I doubt most people can tell a "perfect" font from a "a bit off" one when actually using the software.

They are not like the fonts distros were using a few years ago.

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