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.

That name.

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by lucas_maximus on Fri 16th Aug 2013 14:20 UTC 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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by Coxy on Fri 16th Aug 2013 14:53 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
Coxy Member since:
2006-07-01

Funny ;)

Martin is like a lot of people. They think that because they have a graphics editing program and a vector editor that they are designers.

This happened in the 80s too when DTP software. Every one and their dog fired the graphic designers and got their secretaries to layout and design everything.

They discoverd shortly afterwards, that yes, they can now do it themselves, but they can only do it very badly.

But you see this in all walks of live... car drivers thinking they can drive F1, people with an ikea kitchen thinking they could work for ramsey.... etc. etc.

Edited 2013-08-16 14:55 UTC

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by ThomasFuhringer on Mon 19th Aug 2013 07:46 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
ThomasFuhringer Member since:
2007-01-25

I would say the main design issue with KDE is padding - too much of it, and usually also too much of it in Qt apps in general. It is because Qt by default uses too much padding and developers would need to reduce it. But in most cases they do not realise it.
All this wasted space makes apps look somewhat comicy and unprofessional. Granted, childish icons add their part in many cases...

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