Thoughts about KDE/trinity...

First of all, this might seem to be mostly a rant about KDE, but I think it is not (at least partly :) ).
But it is, for sure, criticism, and, of course, my very personal opinion (I am not in any way a representative of any of the mentioned projects, just a user/contributor - more or less). So, what's going on in the KDE world ?
In short, these are the most important activities:
In 2008, KDE4 was started as the successor to KDE 3.5, with massive changes to the underlying software stack, not just porting to qt4.
First to mention,… Weiterlesen...

Is KDE 3.5 dead ?

Short answer: no :)
Long answer: from the point of view of the official KDE project, KDE 3.x is definitely dead - noone there still doing fixes/improvements for it (IMHO), which is a shame.
Ok, I understand the limitations of ressources/manpower etc., but still: giving up a good product long before the successor reaches its full feature set (if it ever will) isn't that cool. Additionally, as the successor (KDE 4.x) has (MHO) too big demands at the hardware level (just won't run reasonable well on some low end/older graphics cards).
But,… Weiterlesen...

Welcome back, KDE4 ;-)

Ok, so I bit the bullet once more and decided to try KDE 4.3.2 once again on my main machine (Dell GX270, Intel 865 graphics onboard) despite the horrible experience on my AMD Duron (SiS onboard graphics) described in my previous post 'Goodby KDE4'. To be honest, with not much hope for improvement, as I already had 4.3.1 installed on the very same machine, using kubuntu jaunty - not much better performance there as described above, though.
Anyway, the karmic developers claimed to have improved Intel Graphics support significantly, so I d… Weiterlesen...


Goodbye KDE(4)

Well, I've been a KDE addict since I first recognized it (that was 2.0, if I remember right), but now it looks like I'll have to look for something else. Why ? Long story short:
I've been following KDE4 development since 4.0, tried every minor version since then, discovered nice new features, learnt to do some things in other ways than used to, so far, BUT: despite all recommendations/tips/tricks/hints (and even slight improvements) it has clearly turned out that KDE4 is a RESSOURCE HOG, turning older computers into slugs, outright horrible… Weiterlesen...


Debian Lenny on eeePC

So, I just finished installing Debian Lenny on my eeePC701, following the instructions on the [Debian eeePC wiki]( First attempt failed in phase 'installing packages' due to an unrecoverable error trying to fetch/install some language (i18n) file (didn't note the exact name), appearantly as a result of my choice of language 'german'.


KDE 4.1 is out

So, now KDE 4 is nicely getting into shape - much has been improved/added since the launch of 4.0 in january.
I'm currently evaluating the 4.1 packages from kubuntu, and I must say, I'm more and more using it as my main desktop for day-to-day tasks.
There are still some rough edges, of course, as well as missing configuration options (e.g. adding favorites in kickoff menu still not possible from GUI), but as usual, these issues are getting fixed quickly.
Most important for me, however, is the significantly increased responsiveness… Weiterlesen...

1 week with KDE 4.0 - first impressions

Now that kde 4.0 is out for one week, I'll try to make a short summary of my experience with it: + installation (using kubuntu gutsy) is a breeze + coexists nicely with kde3.5, uses separate path (/usr/lib/kde4) as well as personal configuration (~/.kde4) + import preferences (e.g. konqui bookmarks) from kde3.5 is easy + little quirks/annoyances get fixed at astounding pace + kde3.5 apps run nicely within kde4 + kickoff menu is impressive + system settings much better organized/cleaner than kde3.x's control center + krunner is much more inf… Weiterlesen...

Welcome to Wordpress

Ok, so I changed my website to also use wordpress for my KDE/OSS/Linux issues - I'll leave the old static links untouched, at least for awhile.
Anything new in this area, however, will be created/maintained using wordpress (as it is easier, offers more features).
Next thing todo here are some adjustments so that this category uses its own theme (or at least: custom background).
Shouldn't be that hard :)