In KDE4 they have changed the KControlCenter and named it System Settings. I found it to be easy to navigate and very intuitive. Lets start the visual review. The start page looks very similar to KControl of KDE3.
Wine allows users to run Windows programs natively under Linux without paying a dime. However, there's a tiny problem: programs running in Wine don't look so great. They don't even try to fit into your native GNOME or KDE color scheme or use your preferred fonts. You could use a Windows theme, but themes make Wine run extremely slowly. Luckily, with a little configuration editing, it's easy to make Wine applications look at lot more like the rest of the apps on your desktop.
KDE 4.0.0 was released on Friday. For the KDE team, it represents a huge leap forward in many areas, one of them being that they didn't add a K onto the name of every new app. For once. But elsewhere, KDE 4 brings huge enhancements both on and under the surface.
I spent some time this evening with the KDE 4.0 LiveCD to see what all the hoopla was about. I have been excited to see all the new improvements in the long anticipated KDE 4.0, as I’m sure many of you have been. Below are some of my inital impressions after half-hour with the LiveCD.
KDE 4.0 is the innovative Free Software desktop containing lots of applications for every day use as well as for specific purposes. Plasma is a new desktop shell developed for KDE 4, providing an intuitive interface to interact with the desktop and applications. The Konqueror web browser integrates the web with the desktop. The Dolphin file manager, the Okular document reader and the System Settings control center complete the basic desktop set.
The KDE 4 series has begun with the release of 4.0. It is the start of something amazing. Kubuntu has packages for 7.10 and Hardy and there’s a Live CD for those wanting to try before installing.
My previous article, 10 things I hate about KDE 4 RC2, got a lot of unexpected attention. At Digg I was called a “damn fool”, “dumbass” (for some reason that guy thought I believed RC referred to Plasma) (?!) and an “idiot”. I apparently hurt developer feelings.
This is a response to the “Has GNOME finally killed off KDE in the Ubuntu Interface.”
Things are not looking good for KDE, following the news that KDE will not be getting long term support (LTS) whereas GNOME will according to Canonical. The Hardy Heron will be assured of LTS status it seems, making Ubuntu 8.04 the second version of this Linux distro to get the Canonical commercial blessing.
There are two dominant software projects that provide Linux with a graphical user interface, but only one of them will get long-term support in Ubuntu's next version of the open-source operating system.
I wrote about the performance of KDE 4 some time ago, and I'd like to revisit it. After a few threads about debug builds and release builds on kde-core-devel I figured I was wrong in my previous entry, KDE 4 couldn't easily be build without debugging symbols. So my build WAS a debug build. But now it's possible to have it clean and fast, and I did indeed see an increase in performance when trying it.
I debated long and hard before deciding to take a stab at this article idea. Because KDE and GNOME users are so furiously loyal to their preferred desktop environment, I had to take into account that no matter how I stated my case, someone was going to come away feeling let down.
I was unable to attend the KDE release party at Google headquarters. I was thrilled to get the invite, but I just couldn't make it. And to be honest, that's a shame because the latest release has impressed me, despite me being seen as a crusty GNOME fan. I guess in the end we are all Linux users at heart.
Live CDs and virtual machines are easy ways to try out the new KDE 4. But I have been wanting to try out the new 3d effects, which makes running an installed version necessary.
It’s possible to run KDE 4 in Ubuntu along with the normal GNOME desktop. This post is about installing KDE 4 RC 2 along with Ubuntu 7.10. If you already have Kubuntu installed, see these instructions instead.
As you may or may not know, Fedora 8 introduced a nice feature in Gnome, called Infinity: changing the wallpaper image based on the current time. It was pretty nice to have a bright wallpaper at noon and a dark one at night. However, this feature wasn’t available for KDE as well so someone had to make it. And here it is.
The KDE Education Project is developing high-quality software for the K Desktop Environment. Its primary focus is on schoolchildren aged 3 to 18, and the specialized user interface needs of young users. Several programs were also made to aid teachers in planning lessons, and others that are of interest to university students and anyone else with a desire to learn.
Money management. It’s generally not very fun, but it’s something we all have to deal with. There are several open source applications for finance management, GnuCash being one of the most well known and a very strong contender.
So you work in a scientific environment and wonder how to organize bibliographic data, downloaded articles/preprints and links to online papers in such a way that…:
Well I am a bit pleasantly surprised to say that I’m very much enjoying my time in KDE right now. There are some bugs, as is to be expected, but for the most part I’m continuing to be very productive and I’m learning a lot.