Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Dec 2013 21:15 UTC, submitted by JRepin
KDE

Plasma 2 Technology Preview demonstrates the current development status. The Plasma 2 user interfaces are built using QML and run on top of a fully hardware accelerated graphics stack using Qt5, QtQuick 2 and an OpenGL(-ES) scenegraph. Plasma 2 is a converged workspace shell that can run and switch between user interfaces for different formfactors, and makes the workspace adaptable to a given target device.

Plasma 2 is not a complete rewrite; it's a port to a new graphics system (a fully hardware accelerated OpenGL(ES) scenegraph).

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Bring on 2014!
by andrewclunn on Mon 23rd Dec 2013 21:43 UTC
andrewclunn
Member since:
2012-11-05

Unity, KDE, and LXDE/RazorQt. Qt and QML are the future of desktop environments for Linux. Couple that with the replacement of X and 2014 is going to see some kick ass improvements is the polish and feel of the UI.

Edited 2013-12-23 21:43 UTC

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RE: Bring on 2014!
by sbenitezb on Mon 23rd Dec 2013 22:32 in reply to "Bring on 2014!"
sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

KDE 4 looks horribly dated and unprofessional. I used to love KDE 3 and I still think it was better than this iteration. They should really consider changing the default theme.

BTW, the menu sucks big time. Not slower than Unity, but still slow enough.

Edited 2013-12-23 22:33 UTC

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RE[2]: Bring on 2014!
by acobar on Mon 23rd Dec 2013 23:01 in reply to "RE: Bring on 2014!"
acobar Member since:
2005-11-15

I used to prefer the KDE3+qt3 too but since version 4.8 that feeling started to linger and lately with all the "deduplication" and "moving" of layers of code from KDE to Qt I have no such "missing" anymore.

Granted, I don't like the new menu but it is a "right click" away to restore it to "classical", what I always, do.

KDE4 is very, very customizable and, at least for me, the best DE out plus Qt is an awesome toolkit to use and if you really like or need to make multi-platform apps it seems to be the best option.

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RE[2]: Bring on 2014!
by woegjiub on Tue 24th Dec 2013 00:24 in reply to "RE: Bring on 2014!"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

When you install Qtcurve and tweak it a bit, as well as installing a new widget theme, it comes up nicely.

http://imageshack.us/a/img545/7016/7hr1.png

Note that I'm biased, so I wanted it to look like windows 8, whose theme I *love*.


*Oxygen* is what's terribly dated.

My only qualm is the oxygen iconset; nothing comes close to its completeness, yet it is hideously dated; it's the reason KDE media centre looks like it came from 2003.

If there were only a modern (read: flat, basic colours) SVG iconset with oxygen's breadth and depth, KDE would look amazing.

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RE[2]: Bring on 2014!
by joekiser on Tue 24th Dec 2013 03:32 in reply to "RE: Bring on 2014!"
joekiser Member since:
2005-06-30

KDE 4 looks horribly dated and unprofessional. I used to love KDE 3 and I still think it was better than this iteration. They should really consider changing the default theme.

BTW, the menu sucks big time. Not slower than Unity, but still slow enough.


Plastik (both the windeco and the style) is still available for KDE4. Or if you want something newer, there are hundreds of modern, minimalist Qtcurve themes at KDE-look.org. In fact, KDE goes so far as to do the work for you; the built-in theme selector will load additional themes directly from that site.

KDE still has a *lot* of problems, including the default setup (what ever happened to that first-time setup wizard we had with KDE3?), but it's trivial to make it work to your liking.

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RE[2]: Bring on 2014!
by Luke McCarthy on Tue 24th Dec 2013 10:37 in reply to "RE: Bring on 2014!"
Luke McCarthy Member since:
2005-07-06

It's not actually slow, it just *feels* slow because of that stupid sliding selection animation. They really should just get rid of that. Delete the code from the repo.

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RE[2]: Bring on 2014!
by gilboa on Tue 24th Dec 2013 11:58 in reply to "RE: Bring on 2014!"
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

In my view, by default KDE 4 looks horribly dated and unprofessional.


Fixed it for ya.

(In my eyes, my KDE desktop looks far superior to say, Windows 8/8.1, but YMMV).

- Gilboa

Edited 2013-12-24 11:59 UTC

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RE[2]: Bring on 2014!
by phoenix on Tue 24th Dec 2013 16:38 in reply to "RE: Bring on 2014!"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

If you don't like the Kickoff menu, then replace it with Lancelot.

Personally, I can't stand Kickoff, but since it's easily replaceable, I don't mind. ;) All my KDE systems use Lancelot.

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