[clug] Kubuntu 8.10 first impressions

Brad Hards bradh at frogmouth.net
Tue Nov 11 07:34:52 GMT 2008

On Tuesday 11 November 2008 05:17:49 pm Randall Crook wrote:
> Get the feeling there is a lot of changes just for change sake. The team
> has over simplified the interface. To the point that a lot of very
> useful functionality has just vanished.
[I'll respond to this part of your email - it seems to capture what the rest 
of your email, and much of this thread, says.]

From where I'm sitting, I think this viewpoint is incorrect. KDE developers do 
not want to cripple your desktop, or take away your ability to configure your 
desktop (since it isn't just your desktop - they use it too!). The reason why 
KDE 4.1 doesn't do all the same things as KDE 3.5 is two-fold:
 - those features were considered broken in KDE3, or a better way was seen for 
KDE 4.
 - the feature just hasn't been ported yet.

I think the latter is much more common than the former, remembering that KDE 
4.1 isn't the end of KDE 4. 

That isn't to say that KDE4 is all roses (konsole gives me the irrits too). 
However a lot of what I'm reading represents the current state to malice or 
ignorance on the part of the developers, which I think is a bit unreasonable.

I would point out that it isn't that hard to help out (e.g. write code, submit 
bugs with actual backtraces, triage bugs, do documentation or art, whatever 
you like really) if you want to make KDE better.


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