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Linux Journal: Catching up with KDE

Jun 13, 2001, 20:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Flemming)

Linux Journal offers this review of KDE 2.1.1, noting the enhancements both in the end user experience and some of the back-end plumbing as well. ays "KDE is poised to answer many of the questions surrounding Linux' viability on the desktop," says the reviewer.

"KDE developers may be one step closer to ``konquering'' the desktop with the most recent 2.1.1 release of the K Desktop Environment (http://www.kde.org/). The development cycle has intensified since the 1.0 series, bringing new features and stability improvements to users at an ever-increasing rate. In fact, as of this writing, the first alpha version of KDE 2.2 has been released for testing. End users and developers alike will benefit from the newest offering. Currently supporting 34 languages, KDE is poised to answer many of the questions surrounding Linux' viability on the desktop.

In addition to stability enhancements, the latest release includes a large number of cosmetic improvements that create a more unified and polished interface. Kicker, the 2.0 replacement of KPanel, received a number of new features as well as the return of an old one. For all of those WindowMaker users who just can't bare to part with their beloved dock applets, yearn no more. Kicker is now able to swallow your favorite applets into a new dock application bar (see Figure 1). Support has also been added for child panels, and the external taskbar noticeably absent from version 2.0 has returned, along with theme manager. Despite the re-inclusion of the theme manager, a lack of integration between the various theme-able elements of the desktop is still present. Widget styles, icons, colors, backgrounds and KWin decorations each need to be managed from their own individual Control Center modules. The work of the KDE artists team is not be overlooked, however. A number of icons were added and improved, and the new splash screens serve to unify desktop applications (see Figure 2)."

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