Linked by suka on Thu 25th Aug 2011 22:19 UTC
KDE "After years of focusing on further improving KDE4 two weeks ago the developers of the free desktop announced the next big step for their project: KDE Frameworks 5.0. But as long-time developer - and Plasma team leader - Aaron Seigo points out in an interview with derStandard.at/web, the source-incompatible changes shall be held to a minimum. Also calls Frameworks 5.0 only the "first step", new Applications and Workspace releases are to follow later, Seigo goes on to talk about the chances in the mobile market with Plasma Active and further areas of collaboration with the other big free desktop: GNOME."
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RE[2]: I'm loving it.
by korpenkraxar on Sun 28th Aug 2011 21:24 UTC in reply to "RE: I'm loving it."
korpenkraxar
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2005-09-10

Indeed. Once you understand the concept, KDE4 widgets, virtual desktops and activities is a means to arrange a desktop however you like, including wallpaper, shortcuts, URLs to websites, access to particular folders and/or files, whatever (including anything at all you could do with a KDE3 desktop) ... and save that arrangement as a named "activity". One can have as many named and saved activities as one wants, and one can load a given activity on to any given virtual desktop at one's whim.

This makes it possible to have any number of desktop configurations, all accessible at any instant, each of which is optimised just how you like it for doing a particular task. You don't have to use this capability, but it is there if you want it.

There is no other contemporary desktop available with this power and flexibility. None.


Well yes, this does sound very nice... except that when coupled with the fairly crash-happy Plasma experience, slow kwin, general configuration clunkiness, obnoxious plasma/Qt4-window widgets theme mismatchets, weird index services and a far too talkative notification area, it all tends to get too bloated, complex and shaky to be worth it. I've tried this so many times but in the end it probably took me more time to set things up than it did getting tired of it, which makes me sad. I loved KDE 2 and 3 back in the day but *for me*, 4 never lived up to its hype and promises.

URLs on the desktop, really?

I really like many KDE apps but the overall desktop experience just isn't great.

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