[kde-linux] Users guide to KDE?

Anne Wilson cannewilson at googlemail.com
Thu Jul 3 19:23:46 UTC 2008

On Thursday 03 July 2008 19:56:46 Gaffer. wrote:
> Hi Kevin,
> On Thursday 03 July 2008 00:09, Kevin Coonan wrote:
> > There seems to be a notable lack of consumer and non-hardcore Linux
> > hacker documentation for KDE, esp. in the standard print/e-book
> > (e.g. O'Reilly) distribution channels.  If you walk into your local
> > book store you see guides to some other OS/UI's abound (e.g.
> > Windows Vista for Dummies/Idiots/Power users).  While some may be
> > happy w/ in line comments from the source code, or a man entry,
> > there are many more potential users who would see this as a sign
> > that they are not about to jump off the end of the earth . . .
> >
> > Anyone think this is an issue?  Seems like it would help move both
> > end-users and business decision makers from proprietary platforms.
> Yes I think that there is a lack of documentation too !  In fact about
> a six months ago I started to put together documentation to form
> an "Idiots Guide" !  Not with any intention of publishing it, but to
> try to create something I could use as a reference.
> Actually that was one of the reasons for subscribing to this list, to
> gain insights from others and to help if I could.
> I have however become a little disillusioned !  KDE3 is great !  KDE4
> isn't worth houseroom !  Or rather it isn't at the moment.  Most of
> the comments I hear, are about KDE4 and its failure to live upto the
> expectations that have been touted.  I spoke to a guy the other day
> who compared it to "Vista" !   I hope not.  But it does bother me !
With such big changes it never could have been incremental.  Expectations were 
high, and 4.0 could not match those expections.  Don't expect all to be 
perfect in 4.1, but you will certainly see a lot of the things you want 
> Anyway anything published now is going to out of date in....... ?

Some end-user documentation is being prepared right now.  Give us another week 
or two.  Certainly by the time 4.1 comes out - and that is what the devs saw 
as mainstream - there will be some pages up.  I'll post links as soon as I 
have them.  At least they should help you know what is possible and what will 
just have to wait a little longer.


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