[kde-linux] Am I Alone?

David Baron d_baron at 012.net.il
Tue Sep 29 17:13:05 UTC 2009

KDE4 works fine for me, BUT ...

If one is using several plasmoids, desktops, etc., startup is 
sssslllloooooowwww. Startup status is not stable--desktops can be reordered 
and that trashcan is always mis-sized and mis-placed until I unlock widgets 
and mouse the curser near it, then voile. Sometimes kmix and kxkb appear on 
the panel, sometimes not (must be restarted).

My wife does none of this fancy stuff, comes up lickitysplit, OK every time. 
Tells you something.

Konqueror? I haven't touched in in ages. Simply was too messed up to bother 
with. Opera, Google-chrome, and firefox are much much better. Liking google 
more and more.

Kmail? After a shakey start in early KDE4, works quite nicely. Crashes are 
very rare now. No complaints as long as network is duely connected.

Plasma is getting better and better and only the surface of it potential has 
been touched. One can revert to the older schema if one desires and keep 
applets on the panel or on dashboards. Very flexible, or will be.

KDE3 is a dead end. Since I compiled that starting when one could not update 
it from Debian Sid, I have both 3.5.6 and 4.3. Can use 3 if 4 gets really 
mussed but this has not happened in ages. My daughter still runs 3.5.6 because 
the kaboom did not work on her login. I'll get to fixing it up but no rush.

My only real complaint now is the 3.5.6--most everything in it--is much 
quicker (on my PIII 600mhz clunker with an old matrox card so maybe don't 
blame KDE4 and progress!).

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