Trying out KDE 4.4.1 SC!

Today i tried out the new KDE 4.4.1 SC, ever since KDE 4.0 i have been trying out each new point release. Now, i was pretty impressed with KDE 4.3.5 a while ago but was driven back to gnome because of several desktop annoyances that really bugged the hell out of me, such as the messy arrangement of settings in the system settings and the complete lack of an easy to find shutdown button as well as my taskbar doing strange things.

However, after trying out the new release of KDE im pleased to say that i really like it, and following are some of the reasons why i may well switch to kubuntu when 10.04 comes around:

Desktop Effects

The desktop effects in KDE, are sooooo much smoother than compiz is in gnome, sure if i had a much newer computer it would not be so noticable, but for those of us that have old clunky P4’s its annoying to have laggy desktop effects. Although i do have to admit that compiz appears to be a fair bit more customizable still.

Desktop and Applications

General cruising around the desktop and playing with applications is much more fun in KDE than in GNOME. For one thing i found KDE apps to be more configurable and while not as simple as some GNOME apps, they were still extremely user friendly. After just one day of using KDE i already use kmail instead of evolution and thunderbird, dolphin instead of pcmanfm and quassel instead of xchat.

Final Thoughts

Im now finding that GNOME’s simplicity, while not a bad thing, is not the right desktop for me, KDE is great, the default apps are more what i want than what GNOME offers and it is lighter on my system than GNOME is by around 15%.

Iv now decided to go with Kubuntu when 10.04 comes out.

In other News

Why not join in the effort to create a beginners manual for ubuntu, if you are a part of the Ubuntu Forums, why not put a link to the Ubuntu Manual website in your sig!


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