General comments on KDE
Bruce J.A. Nourish
kode187 at kode187.net
Mon Mar 24 02:36:30 GMT 2003
Today seems to be the day for people who are new to KDE to pour their heart
out over it. So let me add a few comments of my own.
First let me say that I am really impressed by KDE. Previously, I'd been using
WindowMaker, gvim and mozilla to get everything done. Now I have instead a
suite of programs that work and feel the same and share data almost
perfectly. And I have a decent file manager. I'm learning C++ so that someday
I'll be able to contribute something to KDE.
I've found a few bugs, too. I'll submit them to bugzilla. But I've also found
some things I don't like, beyond the scope of a bug entry. This criticism is
meant to be constructive, not personal:
* How did kit get into the KDE tree? It would be better to not have an IM
client at all, rather than a broken one. Even the option for the window to
minimize on startup does not work. kmix, kgpg, kget - in fact, almost every
other tray app - all get this right. How hard can it be?
* Why do we not use xscreensaver for our screensavers? It should not be
neccessary to lecture the people on this list about the benefits of Open
Source, so I won't. But if we know the theory so well, why aren't we applying
* There needs to be better interaction between KOffice and OpenOffice, KDE
generally and mozilla, and kdepim and Evolution. I have wowed numerous
Windows users with OpenOffice and Mozilla on their own platform. This makes
them take Open Source seriously. But KDE, the best UNIX desktop by a mile,
doesn't play well with those programs.
* The multimedia support sucks. kaboodle and noatun seem to choke on anything
but an ogg/mp3 file. Video support is nonexistant. Or am I missing something?
* Is SSL support for korn in the works? Sending user/pass combinations in the
clear exactly every 5 minutes seems to negate the point of all that nice
crypto work in kmail.
Finally, let me say again that I love the pants off KDE. No other desktop
comes close to it. I think there is an application suite that could rock the
world in here - it's just waiting to get out.
Bruce J.A. Nourish <kode187 at kode187.net>
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