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KDE and the Expansion of the Desktop

Sep 09, 2010, 18:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"Last week, when I wrote "7 Things You Can Do in KDE, But Not in Windows," I assumed that anyone who was interested in the KDE 4 series had already explored it.

"However, the email I received and a few web searches soon convinced me that I was wrong. Apparently, many people do not use the innovations added to KDE over the last two and a half years, and do not see the point of them. Nor is the situation improved by tutorials that stick to basic directions without explaining the relevance of the features they describe.

"That means that at least some of the KDE 4 series' detractors are probably judging it by what they expect to find, rather than by what it is intended to do. It also means that a basic primer is needed on such features as Folder Views, Workspaces, Activities, including an explanation of why anyone should care about them. Such issues are not only relevant in themselves, but highlight some of the current limitations on desktops as interfaces. The Problems in Need of a Solution

"So far as I can see, the new features in the KDE 4 series are intended as answers -- or, at least, as palliatives -- to two basic problems with the modern computer desktop: How to make icons on the desktop more efficient, and how to reduce the clutter on the desktop when multiple windows are open."

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