[kde-linux] In KDE4, to set a different background for each of the multiple desktops

Tony Alfrey tonyalfrey at earthlink.net
Fri Dec 25 09:24:01 UTC 2009

Duncan wrote:
> Tony Alfrey posted on Thu, 24 Dec 2009 16:06:48 -0800 as excerpted:
>> and herein lies the potential problem with open-source software. The
>> user has become dependent on an open source product (in this case a
>> window manager) and the user, having not paid for the product, has no
>> recourse to complain when someone else goes off on a tangent and creates
>> a "can of worms".  You were happy with  kde3 and invested your time and
>> energy in working with it, only to have others make a decision over
>> which you have no market control.
> To be fair, there's a bit more user lead market control here than with 
> the proprietary "market leader" many of us left at some point... to a 
> point, at least.  It's not like they listened to the peon users any more 
> than kde does... one reason I'm not with them any more.
> But what a lot of people don't get, is that if we didn't still believe in 
> kde, we'd have simply gone... as many apparently are.  It's a WHOLE lot 
> less trouble to silently switch to something else, than it is to come 
> here and be told we're stupid or whatever because we actually care enough 
> about kde to make our wishes and needs known.
> I know /I/ wouldn't have spent 100 hours plus on the switch if I didn't 
> ultimately believe in kde.  And yes, I expect kde4 will eventually turn 
> into something as well liked and well used as kde3.  It's just taking 
> some time...  Unfortunately, the support for kde3 dropped before kde4 was 
> ready to replace it, and people who hadn't the time to spend that I did, 
> really had little choice but to go elsewhere, at least temporarily.

I agree with all of that.

> But I really /do/ believe kde4 will come of age... right about kde 4.5, 
> and that by 4.6 and 4.7, it's going to be pulling ahead.

I hope.

Tony Alfrey
tonyalfrey at earthlink.net
"I'd Rather Be Sailing"

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