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KDE Plasma desktop: A failure that just won't go away

Nov 30, 2009, 21:34 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)


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"I have used nearly every Linux desktop available. From the bare minimum to the plain gaudy, I have seen and tried it all. And I’ve always been a proud cheerleader for the fact that Linux is, unlike any other operating system, about choice. No matter what technology you are looking at, if there is something about Linux you do not like, you can easily change it or find a different tool for the task. If you don’t like the lack of integration that Fluxbox offers, bump it up to GNOME. If Compiz’s eye candy is torturing your system, turn it off or switch to Enlightenment for less CPU-intensive eye candy.

"But where it all comes to a grinding halt is KDE. KDE used to be a rock-solid desktop that resembled Windows 2000 (in many ways) and allowed Windows users a fairly straight-forward path to migration from the Windows desktop to the Linux desktop. But then the KDE developers decided to toss everything out the window and start all over again. The resulting wreckage is KDE 4.x. KDE 4.x wanted to be something special, but it has failed. The damage is done and it’s time to either re-re-invent the wheel or scrap it all together. Personally, I would like to see KDE head back to the drawing board and re-re-re-invent themselves as a whole and attempt to re-define the desktop."

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