Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 26th Jun 2011 18:01 UTC, submitted by Debjit
KDE "KDE has released a release candidate of the upcoming 4.7 release of the Plasma Desktop and Netbook workspaces, the KDE Applications and the KDE Frameworks, which is planned for July 27, 2011. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team's focus is now on fixing last-minute showstopper bugs and finishing translation and documentation that comes along with the releases." Focuses of this release are Kwin support for OpenGL-ES 2.0 (oooh purty!), an interface refresh for Dolphin, and loads of other stuff.
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All I have to say is...
by cmost on Mon 27th Jun 2011 19:48 UTC
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

At least KDE 4.7 continues to offer a more traditional desktop experience. The window controls are still present and located where users expect them; there's still a traditional desktop paradigm with desktop shortcuts, folders, or launchers (of course 'activities' are fully implemented too for those users who actually use them); The task bar and task bar applets are still present and accounted for. All in all, KDE 4.x may become a refuge for those fleeing the radical and seemingly bizarre changes that came with Gnome 3 and Ubuntu's horrid Unity desktop experience.

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RE: All I have to say is...
by lemur2 on Tue 28th Jun 2011 03:21 in reply to "All I have to say is..."
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

At least KDE 4.7 continues to offer a more traditional desktop experience. The window controls are still present and located where users expect them; there's still a traditional desktop paradigm with desktop shortcuts, folders, or launchers (of course 'activities' are fully implemented too for those users who actually use them); The task bar and task bar applets are still present and accounted for. All in all, KDE 4.x may become a refuge for those fleeing the radical and seemingly bizarre changes that came with Gnome 3 and Ubuntu's horrid Unity desktop experience.


This reviewer of Fedora 15 KDE spin (featuring KDE 4.6.2, but not a rolling release):

http://desktoplinuxreviews.com/2011/06/27/fedora-15-kde/

apparently had the same view. Fedora is a GNOME-focussed distribution, but they provide alternative "spins" of the distribution.

Anyway, from this review:
"Fedora 15 provides the excellent KDE 4.6 desktop. If you aren’t familiar with what 4.6 has to offer, check out the KDE 4.6 release announcement for details and screenshots. Given all of the hoopla going on about GNOME 3 (and Unity of course), KDE 4.6 is quickly emerging as an important alternative to some GNOME and Ubuntu users. The KDE developers have wisely refrained from going the same route as the Unity and GNOME 3 developers and KDE itself may well see an influx of users coming from the other two desktops."

I don't know if that will happen or not. Probably not.

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RE: All I have to say is...
by leech on Tue 28th Jun 2011 05:37 in reply to "All I have to say is..."
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

What I found comical when I installed Gnome 3 under Arch Linux was that all I could think was "Did they steal all of this from the Nokia N900? Maemo 5's hildon interface acts almost identically.

Sure enough, I found that is where they got a lot of their inspiration for it.

Guess what, Gnome guys? It works very well for a small touch screen, or any touch screen for that matter (tested it on my HP Touchsmart) but it doesn't work well for a standard desktop interface.

If it weren't for the fact that the catalyst drivers caused graphical corruption, and the default radeon driver didn't support the new interface at all, it'd be my only usage of Gnome 3.

Gnome 3 finally made me switch to KDE 4.6. I had tried just about every version of KDE previous to 4.6, and something always pissed me off, so I kept going back to Gnome. But knowing that Gnome 3 was going to suck (I keep telling people to avoid it like the plague until about 3.4) and have stayed with KDE 4.x since.

Quite excited at the prospect of using KDE 4.7 on my N900 though.

It's fantastic that there is so many choices with Linux. I just wish E17 would become stable enough for my uses.

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RE[2]: All I have to say is...
by marcus0263 on Thu 30th Jun 2011 04:18 in reply to "RE: All I have to say is..."
marcus0263 Member since:
2007-06-02

yeah, that's what I'm finding myself doing. Been a Gnome desktop user for some time, but the direction of it being nothing more than a tablet/phone interface has me evaluating KDE. Honestly I find some very good things about it but at the same time disliking a number of it's behavior. But bottom line is the direction of this crap of "touch" screen interfaces that work well with tablets and phones have no business in a desktop. If I wanted a tablet I'd buy a tablet, but there are reasons why I stay with desktops and lappy's.

OK end of rant ......

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