Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 01:48 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
KDE "KDE is delighted to announce its latest set of releases, providing major updates to KDE Plasma Workspaces, KDE Applications, and the KDE Platform. Version 4.9 provides many new features, along with improved stability and performance."
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by Hiev on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 03:14 UTC
Hiev
Member since:
2005-09-27

And all you can hear are the crickets, there was a time KDE was a lot more popular, now sadly, the only KDE 4.9 video in youtube (discarting that dreamdesktop bs) was running in GNOME Shell, yes, there are more GNOME Shell youtube videos than KDE 4.8 and 4.9 together.

So, I guess KDE user have just moved on.

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RE: ...
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 03:30 in reply to "..."
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I think its more of a case of KDE 4 being rather polished. A point release at this point brings more refinement, but its not a complete rebuild.

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by cdude on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 06:55 in reply to "RE: ..."
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

Found lots of KDE4 clips on youtube. Not sure what major UI changes the dude expects that he looks for 4.9 clips a day after release. Just have a watch at the KDE4 clips and be fine. They are not (so) different from 4.9 especially since its all customisable and most seem to tweak the default settings anyways before recording making it hard to guess what KDE 4.x they where actually using (bugfixes and performance-improvements are not direct visible in videos anyways if you not direct compare cases).

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Oh, my...
by ndrw on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 04:08 in reply to "..."
ndrw Member since:
2009-06-30

They could definitely make use of a better theme and a help of a graphics designer. In the video, KDE 4.9 looks "flashy", perhaps even "impressive", but I would never called it "pretty", "elegant" or "clear".

Last time I tried KDE 4.8 it took me about an hour to switch off most annoyances (overload of animations, transparencies, features I would never use anyway) and install more sensible Plasma and Qt themes (it is hard, if possible at all, to find good ones, especially for Plasma). The sad result was that the "core" I've got wasn't particularly good because all the development steam apparently went into parts I've just switched off.

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RE: Oh, my...
by cdude on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 06:59 in reply to "Oh, my..."
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

and I am sure that if KDE takes YOUR custom settings and makes them the default another user would write exactly the same "review" you did complaining that the defaults are not what he prefers.

At least its all highly customizable and so everybody can tweak it to whatever they prefer. Personally I love to have the freedom to do so.

Edited 2012-08-02 07:01 UTC

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RE: Oh, my...
by Loreia on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 07:55 in reply to "Oh, my..."
Loreia Member since:
2012-01-17

You are hardly the only person that has a problem with this. I am just reading Ars technica article about 4.9, and about one half of comments on first page are about "how ugly KDE is".

Some are really harsh:

Oh my god, can we get HALF A DESIGNER here?


It's amazing how, release after release after release, KDE continues to look like it was slapped together in about five minutes.


Good grief, that's ugly. Even by open source standards, that's ugly.


The defaults need to be sane and not look like complete ass. Customization is great and all, but users shouldn't need to spend time changing themes, rearranging window decorations, removing useless buttons, etc just to get to something that doesn't make one's eyes bleed.


And so on ...
It is strange that KDE puts so much effort in creating great technology, but for the most part ignores visual appeal. And distributions mostly just ship default build. Open Suse is the most obvious exception, but sadly Open Suse doesn't work well on my laptop.

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RE: Oh, my...
by jessesmith on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 13:55 in reply to "Oh, my..."
jessesmith Member since:
2010-03-11

It took over an hour to check one box and download a new theme? That seems a bit unlikely.

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by Loreia on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 06:57 in reply to "..."
Loreia Member since:
2012-01-17

I think of it (the lack of videos) as a good thing. Visually there is nothing new in 4.9, any videos out there that were recorded during previous release cycle will look identical to 4.9. It means that KDE is not focused on adding new features but on polishing existing ones and making internal optimizations.

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