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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RE[3]: Bring on 2014!
by bassbeast on Tue 24th Dec 2013 06:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Bring on 2014!"
bassbeast
Member since:
2007-11-11

I'll probably get hate for saying this but the file explorer is probably one of the places where KDE really SHOULD copy Windows more,specifically the Win 7 File explorer.

With the default 2 pane, with favorites/libraries/homegroup/computer/network it makes it insanely easy to get from anyplace on your LAN to anyplace else, the breadcrumbs and jumplists make going back to where you were previous no more than 2 clicks away, it takes me less than 10 minutes to show any clueless user enough that they can feel like they are in control and have the ability to manipulate their files with ease and shouldn't that be the ultimate goal of a file explorer? Give the user control?

That said with MSFT happily shooting themselves in the face trying to be a REALLY shitty half baked Apple Linux has never had as big a shot as they do now. With something like a third of all the world's PCs running XP why isn't anybody trying to capitalize on this? The world needs another plasma like a hole in the head, what we REALLY need is a version of Linux that looks like a cross between XP and Win 7 and will happily run on all the 2.x GHz, 512Mb of RAM XP boxes that are about to go EOL.

Sorry if I sound a little ranty but as a system builder I find this VERY frustrating. I mean the brass ring is RIGHT THERE, the finish line is in sight, all you have to do is reach out and grasp it....and the entire Linux community has plopped down on the playing field to write Bash scripts and argue about whether KDE or Gnome is better....sigh.

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RE[4]: Bring on 2014!
by gilboa on Tue 24th Dec 2013 12:02 in reply to "RE[3]: Bring on 2014!"
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

I'll probably get hate for saying this but the file explorer is probably one of the places where KDE really SHOULD copy Windows more,specifically the Win 7 File explorer.


At least feature wise, Windows file explorer can barely compete with the XFCE Thunar file manager - let alone Dolphin.

- Gilboa

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RE[5]: Bring on 2014!
by allanregistos on Thu 26th Dec 2013 08:05 in reply to "RE[4]: Bring on 2014!"
allanregistos Member since:
2011-02-10

"I'll probably get hate for saying this but the file explorer is probably one of the places where KDE really SHOULD copy Windows more,specifically the Win 7 File explorer.


At least feature wise, Windows file explorer can barely compete with the XFCE Thunar file manager - let alone Dolphin.

- Gilboa
"
That Thunar File manager is unable to manage compress files, when I extract a gz file, the directory it created was empty. Too much choices for a file manager makes Linux desktop a mess.

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RE[4]: Bring on 2014!
by woegjiub on Tue 24th Dec 2013 13:52 in reply to "RE[3]: Bring on 2014!"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

With the default 2 pane, with favorites/libraries/homegroup/computer/network it makes it insanely easy to get from anyplace on your LAN to anyplace else, the breadcrumbs and jumplists make going back to where you were previous no more than 2 clicks away, it takes me less than 10 minutes to show any clueless user enough that they can feel like they are in control and have the ability to manipulate their files with ease and shouldn't that be the ultimate goal of a file explorer? Give the user control?


So, I totally thought you were talking about Dolphin there. Breadcrumbs, places, previews, network and history as places, metaplaces based on searches and tags/"libraries"...
Oh, and it has tabs, non-limited tagging, dual-pane, inbuilt terminal, etc. etc.


It can do everything MS's one can, just as easily, and it has boatloads more features to boot; Dolphin is indesputably the best filemanager out there (excepting *maybe* konqueror/krusader, but they're not as widely usable).

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RE[5]: Bring on 2014!
by bassbeast on Tue 24th Dec 2013 14:56 in reply to "RE[4]: Bring on 2014!"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Since when? With Windows libraries it does not matter WHERE a program stores a video/song/picture it will look as though its in a single "library" which other programs can then access.

For example i have plenty of systems where the user had me add a second drive because they were filling up the first with music and video and with the libraries they don't have to go "Is that on the original drive, or is it on the new drive?" because not only is it in the library but programs like Windows Media Center can be told "Oh just use the library" and it'll have all the data, no matter where the actual location is. I have never seen Dolphin do anything close to that.

And since you brought it up...WTF is it with the fugly as hell design of Dolphin? I swear its defaults look like something out of the Win9X era, the font choice is horrible, the icons are all ugly, its like nobody at the Dolphin team have a clue when it comes to aesthetics! I mean sure you could tweak it but as we all know first impressions count and a good 90% of users will just take the defaults and the defaults are bloody awful!

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RE[4]: Bring on 2014!
by asupcb on Fri 27th Dec 2013 01:52 in reply to "RE[3]: Bring on 2014!"
asupcb Member since:
2005-11-10

Have you tried using Cinnamon yet? It is basically the desktop that you seem to want.

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