Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Aug 2012 22:29 UTC
Gnome The future of GNOME - an interesting subject. GNOME 3 has been out and about for a while, and it hasn't exactly been a smashing success. One of the efforts to take GNOME to the next level is what the team refers to as GNOME OS - but in reality, it's a set of improvements to GNOME that are just as interesting to GNOME-the-desktop-environment.
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RE: no real alternates
by joekiser on Thu 9th Aug 2012 01:37 UTC in reply to "no real alternates"
joekiser
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2005-06-30

KDE is awesome, I am running it on an X120e with no problems. Classic taskbar/menu setup, but also has the Gnome-shell style expose feature when you throw the mouse to the top left corner of the screen.

There already was a Gnome OS, it was the standard desktop on UNIX-like systems for almost a decade. It was designed based on millions of dollars of UI research paid for by Sun Microsystems and Ximian, used in enterprise operating systems like RHEL and Solaris, and desktop systems like Ubuntu. It was replaced by a toy shell.

I hope Canonical or RedHat or somebody big buys Qt and standardizes on a modified KDE. KDE is almost there, but it needs polish. It lacks consistency and sane default settings, kind of like what Gnome was before Ximian came along. I can't see Gnome-shell replacing the old Gnome 2.x in enterprise environments, and it doesn't seem that the developers even want that to happen.

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RE[2]: no real alternates
by Laurence on Thu 9th Aug 2012 11:10 in reply to "RE: no real alternates"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

What's wrong with KDE at the moment? Most of the defaults seem alright to me but you weren't clear on which settings specifically you don't like so I might be missing your point

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RE[3]: no real alternates
by joekiser on Thu 9th Aug 2012 21:20 in reply to "RE[2]: no real alternates"
joekiser Member since:
2005-06-30

Most of the changes are fine-tuning, and fall into two categories: the perception of speed (disabling blur by default, changing the delay focus policy to 50ms, making popups and animations faster), and UI refinement (getting rid of huge areas of padding/dead space in Dolphin and KOffice, applying the same font type and rendering to GTK+ apps by default, get rid of the cashew, an updated icon theme, popup notifications that don't steal focus and doesn't get in the way of suspend/resume). I use KDE and have for years, so I know how to make it look nice and fast, but I can also understand how a new user will become frustrated at the slow, confusing defaults. Whatever KDE5 ends up being, it should be more of a cleaning up of the solid base that KDE4 has become.

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