jeff on 18 Jan 2008 17:22:32 -0800

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[PLUG] speaking of KDE4.....

KDE4 has been released.

How do I know?
It's in every linux RSS feed I get.

I am experiencing this absolutely eerie feeling of deja-vu and I don't 
like it.  It feels just like it felt when the press was going apeshit 
over the latest and greatest OS from that little old company in Redmond.

Will it do THIS?
Of course it will!
We test out the latest Windows and what it means for you!
Upgrade Now - don't wait for SP2!!

Back when I asked about a tabbed VNC client, some nice person here told 
me it would be part of KDE4, to be released early 2008.

I like KDE a little but tend to prefer XFCE.  During my recent forced 
migration from Windows, I started with Kubuntu but wound up installing 
XFCE because K was too damn pretty for me.

My learned linux coworker (and inveterate tinkerer) installed KDE4, 
following the directions so it could be installed alongside 3 (but 
removed if it wreaked havoc).  He located KRDC(?) and we both looked for 
the tabs, failing to locate them or any sign of something that looked 
like them (might have been a beta - not sure).  Oh well.

I was there when KDE4 came up and watched the screen and his reaction. 
Personally I think the better show would have been looking at MY 
reaction.  First my head tilted, like my dog's does when he hears 
something.  Then the frowns appeared.  Shortly thereafter, I guess, the 
head started spinning.  No one mentioned it shooting sparks 
concurrently, so I guess I'm ok.

It appeared as if the developers had become suddenly jealous of Vista 
and attempted to put the most eye candy in as humanly possible.  They 
also `helped out' by making everything require twice the amount of 
clicks to get running.

So here I am, with PTSD, feeling like I just watched the entire 
production floor installing Limewire, Vista, Compiz, and Webshots on 
their pc's.

Yeah, I'm a curmudgeon, but so what.  There ARE people who don't want or 
need that kind of visual masturbation.  Even with a virtual dragster of 
a CPU, I wouldn't want that nonsense eating up CPU cycles.

I am further advised that KDE dropped Konqueror in favor of Dolphin. 
Here I am, just getting used to what Konqueror can accomplish, and POOF, 
the design team has `helped me out' in the form of introducing a new and 
improved Dolphin.  When I tried Dolphin, a while back, it was small and 
unobtrusive.  It has three panes in KDE3.x, two of which I don't need.

My team will physically prevent Vista from entering the building, but it 
looks like its Gee Whiz Cousin in trying to enter by stealth.

So much for KDE (?).


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