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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RE[4]: Oh, my...
by Loreia on Fri 3rd Aug 2012 06:55 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Oh, my..."
Loreia
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2012-01-17

If you change them a lot. Did you ever compare your end result with somebody's else end-result once done changing the KDE4 look a lot? Can you name something that was common at most of them once done and not default already?


I am not so critical of default look. Well, since I want to change it, I guess I fall into "it is ugly" group.

I understand that what ever you do, you can't possibly please everyone. But when you have one guy stating defaults are "beautiful" and 10 other guys calling it "ugly" than you might consider changing something.

But that is not where the problem is. Let it be "ugly", "too gray" or whatever, just allow users to change it quickly and easily. And this is where KDE4 fails. It forces (!) users to set every little detail manually, instead of providing "themes" that could be created and shared easily, and applied with a single mouse click!!

Last time I tried to set the look, I've spent an hour and a half, and results were just horrible. Yes, horrible!! I had to pick a theme for each part of desktop, and in each category I had the same problem : I couldn't find the same theme. If Window color theme was "Joe11", than Taskbar theme did not have "Joe11" anywhere, and I would select "Frank55". When I was finally done my desktop looked like a joke. And the best part was that there was no "restore defaults" button. It was literally easier for me to do the reinstall (15 minutes) than to try to reset look to default. That is an indication of a seriously flawed design !!

And the worst part is: they have themes for each desktop element, now they just need to unite those themes into "global themes" that can be applied with a single mouse click. In this way they could reconcile "we want full control" and "we want simplicity and ease of use" approaches. But I guess that is simply not "KDE way".

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