Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Oct 2011 21:33 UTC, submitted by mahmudinashar
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ah, it's that time of the year again. We already had this up on the sidebar, but I figured we'd turn it into a proper front page item - mostly because I want to discuss the move by the Ubuntu team to no longer install GNOME 2 as the 'classic' desktop option - which pretty much ends any and all involvement for me with Ubuntu (KDE 4 here I come). There's more to this than just that, of course, so those of you who do like Unity still have enough reason to upgrade.
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lemur2
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2007-02-17

The KDE desktop itself is not a problem. The problem is Dolphin & Co, and the way KDE wants to be integrated tightly towards these K* apps. KDE itself alone is a blasting desktop. But dude, using Dolphin for 5 minutes can give you a headache. Not to mention other useless K* apps. I mostly use GTK apps which are the preferred and used by millions. The only K* app I admire is K3B. But Amarok, KSCD, and other King-kong names... I just don't choose them. Let's be sincere. Who is the one who uses KOffice here? Two people on earth?


Dolphin is a very good file manager. It can be easily configured

http://dolphin.kde.org/features.html

from a single-pane bare minimum keep-out-of-your way file manager as simplistic as Windows explorer:

http://dolphin.kde.org/images/view_mode_1.png

all the way through to a split-window, tabbed, full-featured, all-the-bling-you want mode:

http://dolphin.kde.org/images/all_features.png

As for the application names, users don't see them. On the menus, you run Dolphin by clicking on the menu entry labelled "File Manager" which comes under the "Utilities" section.

KOffice is about to be replaced, BTW, with Calligra Office 2.4 for KDE4, which is now in beta:

http://www.calligra-suite.org/

Have a look around, you might be surprised by what this new about-to-be-released Office suite can do. Calligra Office suite, BTW, is split into a core an a series of front-end UIs. Also about to be released is Calligra Active, designed to run on touchscreen tablets under Plasma Active. AFAIK this is the only free Office suite designed to run on tablets.

You don't need to run KSCD to play CDs, there are many other music player apps which you can use instead. Amarok will happily play CDs. If you don't like Amarok, run Clementine. If even Clementine is too much for you, run Bangarang.

http://www.clementine-player.org/

http://bangarangkde.wordpress.com/

If you just want a media player rather than a music collection browser, run VLC.

NOTE: many of these apps do not have a "k" in their name.

Edited 2011-10-14 00:26 UTC

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Jason Bourne Member since:
2007-06-02

It's not about K in their name. Many of those look inconsistent with Oxygen, which is a so-so theme (buttons too small). (OSX wanna-be?)

I didn't know about Caligra, but I doubt it represents any threat to replace LibreOffice. By the way, I will never use a touchscreen, since I find it too fatiguing moving fingers.

About Dolphin, actually the fonts in your screenshots look pretty ugly. I consider ugly default fonts a show stopper.

Edited 2011-10-14 00:32 UTC

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