"For the longest time I saw KDE as a distant third, or fourth,
on the Linux desktop usability scale. For me, first came GNOME,
then came Enlightenment E17, then came XFCE4, and then came KDE.
This was a change from when KDE 3.5 — one of the most
user-friendly desktops around. The KDE development team rolled out
4.0 and everything was turned on its head. KDE was no longer much
use on the desktop, due to bugs, poor performance, and
"That was KDE 4.0. What we have now is a completely different
beast. Not only is KDE 4.5 a far superior desktop to its
predecessor, I would go as far to say that it has finally surpassed
3.5 in both usability and performance. That's a bold statement
considering how the desktop has evolved.
"But what have the developers done to make 4.5 so much better
than that all other iterations in the 4.x branch? What they did was
work some serious developer Kung Fu. The difference between 4.4 and
4.5 is very noticable. Let's take a look at some figures from the
KDE bug statics:"