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About a week ago, I went 100% KDE on my work and home laptop, these are my initial impressions
Ooooh, you’re a KDE user was what I got this morning from one young tech guy in the office, most of the Linux users I work with are XFCE lovers. I’m partial to a bit of Unity or Gnome 3 because I’ve had my fingers burnt too many times with previous KDE releases being buggy and unstable.
A recent post I wrote about Ubuntu and OpenSuse had a fair number of comments about KDE and how it was so much better than Ubuntu’s Unity that it got me thinking is it really that much better. So I bit the bullet and after having so many issues with Unbity and my Nvidia Optimus card just installed KDE 4.10 from the PPA repo.
Nearly a week in here are the good and the bad..
I’m glad i installed from the PPA (read here on how i installed) because on the second laptop I installed Kubuntu-Desktop and its hugely noticeable just how poor that is compared with the PPA install. the kubuntu-desktop install is sluggish and does crash a lot.
KDE’s apps are much better integrated into the desktop than Gnome’s which to be fair are generally less of a suite (firefox, Evolution, seahorse etc) and more GTK Apps bundled with Gnome/Unity. The KDE Apps are all far easier integrated together. As an example trying to setup a GPG key with KDE and kMail was a lot easier than it was with Evolution without instruction.
Linking the theme system into kde-look.org was a stroke of genius, it makes the simple taks of changing the look and feel of your desktop much easier, although there are a fair number of files on KDE-Look which don’t seem to work..
The Plasma Widgets are well done and i’m not a fan of a cluttered desktop using them in the toolbar is great
I swear i have more screen real estate than with Gnome/Unity it might not be but it sure feels like it.. Which using dual screen at work is fantastic, so much space..
Dolphin needs a bit of work, simple things like mounting SMB shares isn’t intuitive, i moved over to Kommander
Can’t figure out how to get the Windows key to launch the menu..
802.1x on Wired communications using knetwork-manager is not working, if you have to disable and re-enable when swapping networks. A carry on if its not 802.1x or no cert is needed option would be great.
I’m still in that purple patch, but i must say i am impressed. I can use this and being the geek I am i will spend hours customizing everything.. I’ll report back after a month..