KDE4 - was [SATLUG] Re: Ubuntu 'Karmic Koala' 9.10 impressions?
dondavis at reglue.org
Tue Jan 5 06:39:06 CST 2010
> Any big "Pro KDE 4 Interface" weenies in herewho think they can convince me
> how great KDE 4 is? :)
I don't know about weenies. I was a bit skeptical at first when I
installed it. It also occurred as I hosed the xorg. When I reinstalled I
was going to stick with KDE 3.5 but the default in Squeeze was KDE4.
Once upon a time I started out with Gnome and I thought I would always
stick with it because KDE looked to 'Windowsy.' I discovered, however,
that Linus Torvalds used KDE so I thought I'd give it a chance. I
quickly discovered they did a lot of things I liked from the start e.g.
Python shells available at the start. There was enough to transition me.
KDE also had (has?) a lighter footprint than Gnome.
The I tried KDE 4. The screen opened with the plasmoids and I was a bit
overwhelmed. Then I discovered that my projector didn't automatically
get it's own desktop (and kaffeine was gone). Exporting the video wasn't
a big deal. (In the newer version of KDE4, there is dual control of
monitors, but I believe I preferred the export command.)
What I like about KDE4. It takes the whole 'Desktop' as a dumping ground
for stuff. It's an option; you can view it or not. Most of the time I
choose not to view it. I know some people who use the 'process
monitoring plasmoids' but for me that seems a waste. When I want to know
what's going on I use htop. Most of the time I don't even notice (I
accidentally replaced the KDE4 menu with the 3.5 and haven't bothered to
switch it back).
It probably doesn't matter what I use
Pros: No desktop clutter. It's prettier than 3.5 and I don't notice much
of a difference using it.
Cons: The dictionary applet doesn't work. (This may seem minor, but I
really like it.) Konsole still doesn't accept the ctrl+u+4 digit unicode
If I wanted to devote a lot of time to my desktop, I would do a well
setup IceWM or possibly Sawfish.
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