Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 22:43 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
KDE "This month's edition of KDE SC is a bugfix and translation update to KDE SC 4.4. KDE SC 4.4.1 is a recommended upgrade for everyone running KDE SC 4.4.0 or earlier versions. As the release only contains bugfixes and translation updates, it will be a safe and pleasant update for everyone. Users around the world will appreciate that KDE SC 4.4.1 multi-language support is more complete. KDE SC 4 is already translated into more than 50 languages, with more to come."
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RE[3]: Usage Statistics
by ThomasFuhringer on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 20:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Usage Statistics"
ThomasFuhringer
Member since:
2007-01-25

Yes I know. And most people who use computers use them as computers. How funny!

The question is, what are they doing on them? Surf the web and check mail or anything more heavy duty?

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RE[4]: Usage Statistics
by lemur2 on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 22:36 in reply to "RE[3]: Usage Statistics"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Yes I know. And most people who use computers use them as computers. How funny! The question is, what are they doing on them? Surf the web and check mail or anything more heavy duty?


Why is this even a question? KDE SC 4.4.1 is the fastest, most powerful and most flexible desktop available right now. It is a desktop software collection, so it comes with an excellent set of desktop applications (stomping all over what comes with Windows) and it integrates well even with non-KDE desktop (GTK) applications such as OpenOffice, Firefox, GIMP et al.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_KDE_applications

It boots from power off to fully loaded desktop in 15 seconds (the Windows machine at my work takes four minutes). You can enable as much or as little desktop bling as you like, and if you care to do so you can orgainse multiple desktops into different activities. Apart from multiple use-context-configurable desktops, it has numerous other minor usability features such as clipboard history and paste-on-middle-click that are not found on other desktops. It supports not only its own native desktop widgets but also Google and OSX widgets.

http://lifehacker.com/346312/design-your-own-desktop-with-kde-4
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasma_(KDE)#Supported_Widgets

It is lightweight enough so that there is a netbook version of KDE4/Plasma (and flexible enough that a whole new netbook desktop interface can be made with the same Plasma technology), but it is also powerful enough to support more desktop functionality than any other desktop currently available. Use it for as "heavy" usage as you want.

Edited 2010-03-03 22:38 UTC

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RE[4]: Usage Statistics
by lemur2 on Thu 4th Mar 2010 03:54 in reply to "RE[3]: Usage Statistics"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

The question is, what are they doing on them? Surf the web and check mail or anything more heavy duty?


Having already explained the advantages of the best-of-breed power, performance and flexibility of the KDE desktop itself, perhaps now you might like to take a look at the designed-for-KDE applications in the KDE Software Collection:
http://www.kde.org/applications/

There are quite a lot to go through, although you are not limited to only those because KDE easily runs GTK+ applications with fairly seemless integration these days. Decide for yourself what you might use it all for.

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