Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th Nov 2005 16:52 UTC, submitted by chrishaney
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu The first preview release of (K)Ubuntu 6.04 Dapper Drake has been released. You can download Ubuntu here, and Kubuntu here. Screenshots can be found here and here.
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by unoengborg on Sun 20th Nov 2005 06:00 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: KDE IS DOOMED...."
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-made the interface much less cluttered
-cleared up all the mess

Agree, this really need to happen or KDE will never make it on the desktops of ordinary users. I.e. users that have educations unrelated to engineering or computers.

-dropped all that useless kde functionality to speed kde up considerably and improve overall reliability (complex software is almost always more bugridden than streamlined software. its even more unreliable if its all interconnected, as kde tries to be)

In my experience, KDE is much more reliable than Gnome
probably due to a better toolkit and object orientated development techniques

-designed applications with a clear purpose instead of focusing on stuffing it with functionality that most people are never going to use

There is nothing wrong with functionality, but it must be designed in a way that uncommon tasks not get in the way of more common ones. One example, when you do drag and drop in Konqueror, you get a popup menu when you drop your file over the drop target. The menu asks you if you want to move, copy, link or cancel. I have yet to see a Unix system where the number of links is over one percent of all the existing files, and most of these links are created by installation scripts and such. So the chance that a user actually would like to do a link on drag and drop is very minimal. Also drag and drop is not something you do by mistake, why should there be a cancel item. Other menus doesn't seam to need a cancel intem. In other words 50% of the alternatives in that popup is almost never used. Out of the remaining "move" and "copy", move is the only one that fits well with the desktop metaphore. It is also the most frequently used item. This means that the menu will get in the way and interrupt the users flow of work quite frequently.

-finally did something about that god awful control centre

If you read KDE usability lists, you would think that KDE users didn't do anything but fiddling around in the control center. It have been redesigned over and over again. Doing it once again would be a waste of time. There are so many other things in KDE that are much more urgent to fix. After all, normal non geek users will spend a few hours in it when they set up their system, the rest of the time they will do real productie work.

-most importantly, developed a plan and got their priorities right (ie usability before functionality)

Very true.

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