Casey Bralla on 6 Apr 2017 10:26:47 -0700

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[PLUG] Whine: KDE (Was Canonical dropping Unity)

On Thursday, April 06, 2017 12:22:50 PM Rich Freeman wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 12:12 PM, JP Vossen <> wrote:
> > I have to admit I haven't used KDE in many years, but when it tried it it
> > was: OMG my eyes are bleeding, make it stop!  There is too much going on
> > and too many things to configure (I know, the opposite of my whining
> > about Gnome3).

> One of the bigger pains with KDE in general is that they tend to
> abandon the old thing before the new thing is really working.  In
> fact, the abandoning of kde3 was part of what drove me to xfce for a
> while until kde4 was usable on my hardware (probably more akodani).
> Plasma has been around for a while but there are still a number of
> applications which are still stuck in kde4 land, which means you're
> still dealing with the old dependencies if you maintain a distro.  It
> is relatively seamless to the user, assuming the distro is doing the
> work needed to cope with all of this.

I have a very passionate love/hate relationship with KDE.  KDE is like an 
unfaithful lover who is the best thing that ever happened to your sorry butt.  
You love her and crave her, but know she's gonna do you wrong and break your 
heart yet again.

Rich, your complaints about the KDE developers abandoning the last version 
without having a working next version is spot on.  The KDE3 > KDE4 debacle was 
unforgivable.  Much the same (but not quite as bad) with the KDE4 > Plasma 
transition.  Also, of course, KDE is the most resource-intensive environment 
available.  But it's also the most beautiful (assuming you're not JP and you 
like all those bells and whistles).

IMHO, the real problem is that KDE is just too darn whiz-bang complex.  
Akonadi is the latest example of this, but I suspect they'll just create an 
even bigger Frankenstein when they move on to its replacement.  Everything is 
so tightly bound, that bugs are difficult to find, and even tougher to fix.

I Love the look of KDE.  KMail is far and away the best eMail client I have 
found.  Korganizer displays my schedule very well.  I love using virtual 
desktops.  I've looked hard for alternatives in other Desktop Environments and 
applications, but always come back to KDE, begging the b*tch to forgive me and 
take me back.  <sigh>

Casey Bralla
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