Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Aug 2013 22:46 UTC, submitted by JRepin
KDE The KDE Software Compilation 4.11 has been released.

Gearing up for long term maintenance, Plasma Workspaces delivers further improvements to basic functionality with a smoother taskbar, smarter battery widget and improved sound mixer. The introduction of KScreen brings intelligent multi-monitor handling to the Workspaces, and large scale performance improvements combined with small usability tweaks make for an overall nicer experience.

This release marks massive improvements in the KDE PIM stack, giving much better performance and many new features. Kate improves the productivity of Python and Javascript developers with new plugins, Dolphin became faster and the educational applications bring various new features.

This release of KDE Platform 4.11 continues to focus on stability. New features are being implemented for our future KDE Frameworks 5.0 release, but for the stable release we managed to squeeze in optimizations for our Nepomuk framework.

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by Coxy on Fri 16th Aug 2013 11:26 UTC in reply to "..."
Coxy
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2006-07-01

KDE has always been ugly... at least ever since I first saw it in 2002... 10 years later, stil bad. The icons are really bad, it's no wonder the whole interface sucks if they same person who "designed" those icons is also their main designer.

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by _txf_ on Fri 16th Aug 2013 13:27 in reply to "RE: ..."
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2008-03-17

What is so bad about it? I mean, other than the fact that you don't like them...

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by Coxy on Fri 16th Aug 2013 13:45 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
Coxy Member since:
2006-07-01

I find that the icons looks tacky and are inconsistent (shape, form lighting) - too much like those horrible crystal icons that for whatever reason some people liked.

The file manager is complete mess panels here there and everywhere with a sort of window within a window effect because of plastering panels and bars on all sides of the file/folder view thingy.

I also don't personally like the fodler sidebar fly out things - whatever they are called.

I mainly a windows user but use linux in VMs to run webservers and to develop in, but I have always found KDE to be gnomes ugly kid brother. I think gnome 3 is better than kde and suits the way I work more... but compared to apple (which I don't own - i'm no fanboi), or windows certain things about linux desktops are just not right... there is something about it I find odd... whether it is unity or any other DE. Maybe it's the mouse pointer or the speed the mouse moves or the responsiveness of windows and widgets but it doesn't feel to me like a real product, like there's something wrong about it - something the ios and windows have that linux doesn't.

Sort of like vegan cakes and deserts... they look like the real thing but there's something about them that gives them away, or feels wrong - but you can't say wat it is.

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by lucas_maximus on Fri 16th Aug 2013 14:20 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

One of the things I really don't like about KDE's look is the fact that a lot of things seem to be out of proportion.

One of my first jobs was using HTML/CSS framework to make grid based websites using the company's CMS. I have a pretty good eye for spotting poor alignment or poorly thought out proportions.

Everything just seems a little bit off in terms of what you would call in Web dev paddings and borders widths/height.

Constrast seems to be all over the place (Windows 7 Aero was bad with this as well and Windows 8 you can't disable it without hacking the uxtheme.dll :|).

These might seem like nit-picky things, but there are just so many little things that I haven't mentioned.

I am sure KDE is very technically good, I know you can theme it, change the icons but I really don't want to be mucking about that much when I think it would be obvious to most designers that it is iffy.

I think this explains the problem with KDE better than I ever could.

http://www.27bslash6.com/brochure.html

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