"Last week, I finally had a chance to check out KDE SC 4.5.0.
I've used it before with the official Live CD, however there was a
delay with my distribution (Arch) receiving this release due to
some packaging issues, so I'm taking a look at it a bit late. The
verdict? KDE 4.5 had promise, but a lack of new features and the
introduction of brand new regressions keep it from perfection.
"My review comes a bit late, as KDE 4.5 is the first KDE release
I haven't beta tested in several years. I recently switched from
Kubuntu to Arch, and while I haven't regretted my decision, I
remember that new KDE releases (even the betas) were easier to get
in Kubuntu. With Arch, I'd have to either wait, or enable the
testing repository, which was something I didn't want to do.
"Thankfully, I've finally received the update to KDE 4.5. From
what I can see, the innovation within the KDE4 series has slowed
down quite a bit, as the desktop gets more and more stabilized and
the features that were once revolutionary when the desktop first
appeared are ironed out and finalized."