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Old 02-04-2009, 02:37 PM
Grammostola Rosea
 
Default KDE 4.2 impressions

Christoph Burgmer wrote:
While KDE 4.2 is out for some days now, we still lack a feedback (or
more precise an impressions) thread. I'd like to list some points, to

a) encourage other people to switch/not to switch
b) ask for help
c) rant/share enjoyment


1) KDE 4.2 brings in new eyecandy, like a normal "major" release does.
IMHO mostly positive.
2) More options available in many corners, some speak of feature
parity with KDE 3.5, plasmoids on screensaver, message grouping in kmail
3) Some under the hood changes (akonadi...), which show that things
get done, no major impact until now? though.
4) regressions like MSN settings lost, plasma crashes playing with new
options
5) some KDE 4.0 and 4.1 bugs fixed, some bugs I was hoping somebody
else would report still not fixed
6) new plasmoids, /me missing a TODO and _nice_ weather plugin, rssnow
is cute but IMHO not functional
7) open/save dialogue still unusable, doesn't save settings and needs
10sec to load up (I guess due to nepomuk, running here on a Thinkpad
R50e).



Overall I'm rather disappointed, as the additional features don't make
my average work easier, and the anoying bugs/performance issues
persist. KDE 4.2 is bettern than 4.1 no doubt about that, but it is
hyped as _the_ KDE4 release. Others might have a different opinion.
Anyway, on the way to KDE 4.3 nepomuk hopefully gets faster.



On a site note, as I pointed out in 5) there are bugs that I can't be
bothered to report, though KDE devels keep pushing people to file
bugs. I just get tired of waiting 2 years to have IMHO reasonable bugs
fixed (not wishlist). Are there any receipts for getting a better
experience? I actually got the kopete devels to quickly fix a Unicode
bug for me, bad side of the story is I had to logon to IRC first.



Christoph


I love it in general. Especially dolphin with the konsole option. The
'working together' of the konsole (f4) and dolphin could be improved
imho. When you go back to another folder in dolphin the konsole doesn't
follow correctly for instance.


I'm negative about the freedom KDE4 brings us... Be Free is not always
Free imho. I can't choose another search engine in the new kmenu and
that a big bug! Shouldn't a Debian be free to use the search engine he
wants? And shouldn't it be possible in KDE to tweak this option?


Kind regards,

R


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Old 02-04-2009, 04:00 PM
Ritesh Raj Sarraf
 
Default KDE 4.2 impressions

Grammostola Rosea wrote:

> I love it in general. Especially dolphin with the konsole option. The
> 'working together' of the konsole (f4) and dolphin could be improved
> imho. When you go back to another folder in dolphin the konsole doesn't
> follow correctly for instance.
>

Works for me.

> I'm negative about the freedom KDE4 brings us... Be Free is not always
> Free imho. I can't choose another search engine in the new kmenu and
> that a big bug! Shouldn't a Debian be free to use the search engine he
> wants? And shouldn't it be possible in KDE to tweak this option?
>
Are you talking about kmenu's Search ?
I'm not sure if that's tied tightly to google or not. In konqueror, I can
change the search engine to something else, and if kmenu takes the settings
from there, it might be able to use the new Search Engine. But for that, I'd
have to log out from my Desktop Session. Not now.

I'm running KDE 4.2 from Debian Experimental and to me KDE 4.x is as free as
it ever was.

PS: I still wonder who designed the newsgroup subscription interface in
Evolution.

Ritesh
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