Yet another failed KDE release?
myriam at kde.org
Fri Mar 22 11:34:36 GMT 2013
On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM, Mirosław Zalewski
<miniopl at poczta.onet.pl> wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 8:08 AM, Nikos Chantziaras <realnc at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The biggest issue is that with each new release, there's more glitches
>> while the old ones are still there.
> On 22/03/2013 at 11:38, Myriam Schweingruber <myriam at kde.org> wrote:
>> And make sure you ALWAYS test with a new user or move the old config files
>> elsewhere when you do a major upgrade.
> Myriam, this is exactly Nikos point. Old config files laying around causes
> various issues with KDE SC. By encouraging him to triage bugs on fresh config,
> you admit that.
> I think that this is huge drawback of KDE SC. As user, I am forced to recreate
> my carefully crafted configuration from scratch with each major update. Do I
> remember what exactly did I change and where? No, I have better things to do.
> Starting from fresh config, I only discover that something I am used to does
> not work. Then I go into System settings and try to find relevant option.
> Recreating configuration is not matter of two or three hours; it's matter of
> days during which my work is not effective, because I am constantly disturbed
> with changes I have to make.
> Or I can save myself some hustle and start from fresh config, but copy some old
> files over. But this way I am forced to dive into KDE SC internals and
> understand purpose of each file (to be able to judge whether I should copy it
> or not). Do I want to? No, I have other things to do.
> Honestly, why can't KDE SC support seamless update from previous major
> release? Is it too much work to rewrite config files whose format has changed?
It is almost impossible, since the user can dramatically modify the
original configuration and automating the process of wading through
often illogical configuration files with triple definitions and
contradictory instructions set by the user is a a lot of work. Wiping
them is not an option as the user would loose configurations. That is
the downside of a highly customisable desktop environment, and that
possibility of customisation is one of the main reasons most user
actually choose KDE over other desktops.
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