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January 15, 2008

KDE 4.0.0 release rocks the Linux world

by @ 7:01 am. Filed under General Linux, KDE Tips, Linux News

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Imagine for just a moment, if you will, the amount of glee experienced by KDE users everywhere upon hearing the spectacular news last week when KDE 4.0.0 was released.

If you have ever thought about taking KDE for a spin, the time is now.

There are tons of reasons that you would choose to use KDE over all other desktop environments. My big four are:

1) kio-slave. For anyone who doesn’t know what this does, it gives KDE the ability to interact with remote filesystems via FTP, SSH, etc. You can open up a remote filesystem, and drag and drop a text file right onto your Kate icon. Kate will open the file for you to edit it. When you are done editing, just click SAVE and close the file. KDE via kio-slave saves the file back to the remote fileystem (assuming you have the proper privileges). This is the one thing that has the supremest of importance to me. It is possible to have one Konqueror window open and have it split into 16 different panes, each pane connected to a different filesystem or directory, whether local or remote. If you have never done this, you have to try it some time. You can split Kate windows the same way. Before anyone says it, I realize that you can make other desktop environments do this, but KDE just does it right out of the box.

2) It is very configurable. Upon using other desktop environments in Linux, I wasn’t able to tweak things just as I like them. With KDE, I have generally been able to find a setting to adjust what annoys me. To get an idea of all the categories of settings that there are to play around with, let me show you a list of them:

KDE Settings List
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Now THAT is what I call a bunch of options.

3) KDE has a huge install base. Do not misunderstand me as saying that it is trendy. Believe me, I am not into ‘trendy’. Having a huge install base gives something staying power in the industry. This is why I recommend one of the main 5 or so Linux distributions to new Linux users. Yes, you could look at something like Sick Interesting Cool Killer Linux Distro that is the best one ever made. However, if only 4 people on the planet have it installed, you are going to have a really hard time finding support for it. You will have no one to whom you will be able to ask questions. There will be no support pages, HOWTOs, forums, etc. where you can go to ask questions and find answers. Being as I am, I like to get answers quick. I like to use things for which I know I will be able to get support. KDE has a lot of support and a large install base. Besides that, Linus recommends it. If you visit my blog page, you will see this quote in the upper, right corner:

“I personally just encourage people to switch to KDE.

This ‘users are idiots, and are confused by functionality’ mentality of Gnome is a disease. If you think your users are idiots, only idiots will use it. I don’t use Gnome, because in striving to be simple, it has long since reached the point where it simply doesn’t do what I need it to do.

Please, just tell people to use KDE.”

Straight from the man himself.

4) I love eyecandy. It is a great thing to be able to switch around window decorations, window themes, mouse themes, icon themes and wallpapers as one wishes. KDE on Compiz Fusion is unbelievably cool. I set up beryl on my laptop awhile back (before beryl re-emerged with compiz), and had a ball with it. Compiz Fusion on OpenSUSE 10.3 is even better than that. I am an eyecandy freak.

KDE 4.0 with all of its improvements looks absolutely cool.

Here is an excerpt from the announcement:

“The KDE 4 Libraries have seen major improvements in almost all areas. The Phonon multimedia framework provides platform independent multimedia support to all KDE applications, the Solid hardware integration framework makes interacting with (removable) devices easier and provides tools for better power management.”

“The KDE 4 Desktop has gained some major new capabilities. The Plasma desktop shell offers a new desktop interface, including panel, menu and widgets on the desktop as well as a dashboard function. KWin, the KDE Window manager, now supports advanced graphical effects to ease interaction with your windows.”

“Lots of KDE Applications have seen improvements as well. Visual updates through vector-based artwork, changes in the underlying libraries, user interface enhancements, new features, even new applications — you name it, KDE 4.0 has it. Okular, the new document viewer and Dolphin, the new file manager are only two applications that leverage KDE 4.0’s new technologies.”

“The Oxygen Artwork team provides a breath of fresh air on the desktop. Nearly all the user-visible parts of the KDE desktop and applications have been given a facelift. Beauty and consistency are two of the basic concepts behind Oxygen.”

Read the entire announcement here.

A review of KDE 4.0.0 by Thom Holwerda can be found here.

Sink your teeth into the new and improved KDE!

4 Responses to “KDE 4.0.0 release rocks the Linux world”

  1. E@zyVG Says:

    Your second point is wrong I guess … all that is available only with KDE3 and not with KDE4, though I’d like to see some of them there in Settings with KDE4 …. or am I wrong and there is a way to get all those setting with KDE4!

  2. Scott Morris Says:

    Yeah, I did that screenshot in KDE3. I’ve just always been happy with the amount of configuration it offers over other desktops. Thanks for the heads-up, and thanks for the visit, man. It’s been a while!

  3. Jeremy Says:

    Well, I guess he could still be right. From what I’ve heard the customizing options will come back into play later (like 4.1 or something like that). I hope it does, as configuration is one of the reasons I always choose KDE over gnome.

  4. ramcek Says:

    Hi,

    This report Bugs from opensuse 10.2, my question what shot i do?

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    #9 0xb6002392 in TaskContainer::popupMenu ()
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    #10 0xb6007c10 in TaskContainer::performAction ()
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    #11 0xb600d97c in TaskContainer::mousePressEvent ()
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    #14 0xb7474641 in QApplication::notify () from /usr/lib/qt3/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
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    #22 0xb672c802 in kdemain () from /opt/kde3/lib/libkdeinit_kicker.so
    #23 0xb7f1e514 in kdeinitmain () from /opt/kde3/lib/kde3/kicker.so
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