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LinuxPlanet: .comment: A (P)review of KDE2

Aug 02, 2000, 13:40 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"There's never been a time in the history of Linux as exciting as the next few months promise to be: The 2.4.0 kernel promises to make more hardware work, and the hardware that already works work better, under Linux than ever before while introducing a host of exciting new features. (Among those features is allowing the features introduced in XFree86-4.00 and repaired somewhat in 4.01 to work, though the XFree86 and DRI projects have some work yet to do, too--perhaps also available in the next few months.) And KDE2 will be released, which to many of us is the most exciting that has happened to the desktop since Al Gore wrote the original Linux kernel many years ago."

"Last week the KDE developers imposed a feature freeze for the 2.0 release, so for the first time we have a solid idea of what the new KDE will comprise. It will be great (it already is), so the complaints I raise here and there (or, more likely, here, and here, and here) are minor whines, which isn't to say that the KDE developers are not cordially invited to follow my sage advice."

"There's nothing in KDE2 that will leave the user of earlier versions entirely astonished, but there are some things that will be a little puzzling, perhaps annoying at first (and not inconceivably annoying after that). Gone are the KPanel and Taskbar, replaced by a unified thing called Kicker. It contains a number of links to applications by default; unlike the old KPanel, you can drag a file onto it and drop it there. This is of course useful for application launching, for those apps you don't want to navigate the KMenu to find. Yes, the KMenu is still there, though the familiar alphabetical listing of categories is not; the new arrangement must have made sense to someone somewhere, but I do not know who or why, because it makes no sense at all to me. Briefly during development alphabetization returned, but it has disappeared; here's hoping it will get restored by release time. A good change is the addition of non-KDE applications to the appropriate submenus, instead of segregating them in a submenu ghetto of their own."

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