Help an Old PC: Give KDE 3.5 the Oxygen Touch
Sep 09, 2010, 07:35 (4 Talkback[s])
[ Thanks to Prashanth for this link.
"What's the title supposed to mean? You will figure
this out by the end of the article.
"I mentioned in my review of Kubuntu 10.04 Trinity that while
the Trinity revival of KDE 3.5.11 has huge potential as a new
contender in the field of DEs for old computers (competing with
Xfce and LXDE, among others), KDE 3.5 looks pretty bad. Sure, it
looks quite cool/cute when it first came out. That said, the KDE
3.5 developers themselves said that they benchmarked the speed and
looks (and went over and above the stability of) Microsoft Windows
XP when developing KDE 3.5. As a result, it is very fast, very
stable (unlike Microsoft Windows XP), and bears more than a passing
resemblance in its icon, panel, and window decoration themes to the
latter. I haven't ever particularly cared for the default look of
Microsoft Windows XP (and honestly, Microsoft Windows 7 is pretty
good looking, making Microsoft Windows XP even worse to look at),
and KDE 3.5 looks even more cartoonish (and this is exaggerated
further with the KDE 4 looks).
"What does all this mean? If KDE 3.5 is here to stay, it needs
at least a visual overhaul to stay competitive with other DEs
optimized for low-resource environments."