Adventures In Computing

January 19, 2008

KDE 4.0: A Stepping Stone

Filed under: GNU/Linux, KDE 4.0, Linux, Vista, Windows, Windows XP — Normand Bissonnette @ 12:43 am

Last year at the end of January an operating system was release which a lot of people were disappointed with and refusing to change over to it. You all know that I am talking about Vista. When it came out there were no drivers for existing hardware. It took to much space on the hard drive. It basically takes a super computer for all its features to work properly. It doesn’t work the same as Windows XP, etc… etc… etc… A lot of people in the linux camp and even the Windows camp were saying that Microsoft released an Operating System that should not have been release before they worked out all the kinks.

Fast forward a year. Last week KDE 4.0 was released and there are a few things that are missing. We the users of KDE have lost options that we had in the 3.5.8 version of KDE 4.0. For example I can’t figure out how to add another panel on the desktop. I can’t even re-size the existing panel. The new menu system is horrible. There are a lot of Linux users complaining and there are as many Linux users defending the new KDE 4.0. Last year the same was being said about Vista. I think that we are too fast at complaining, we want instant results. I have been playing a bit with Vista and it is not as bad as everybody says it is, there are a lot of stuff I don’t like about it but there is some that I like. With that said I would not choose it as my OS.

KDE 4.0 is a stepping stone for greater things to come. If you are switching from Windows or Vista to Linux and you want to work with KDE I strongly recommend you go with KDE 3.5.8 for now and hopefully within a year KDE 4.1 will be out and will have a few of its annoyances worked out.

I have to say to the KDE 4.0 developers you can’t satisfy everybody all the time, we end users are bastards, when something is not to our liking we will complain until the cows come home and when it works fine we usually don’t say a word. I would like thank all the developers of KDE 4.0 for all your hard work and dedication to the cause of free open source software, keep up all the good work.

Edit:  I’ve added in the comments a link to a tentative releases schedule for KDE4.  I did not have this information when I wrote this post.

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1 Comment »

  1. Well if this schedule ( http://liquidat.wordpress.com/2008/01/18/kde-41-release-team-aims-at-july-2008/ ) is right we should have KDE 4.1 in six month. So some of our concerns will be fixed then. That is great news. Keep up the good work guys and girls.

    Comment by spurius — January 19, 2008 @ 9:48 pm


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