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KDE 4.2 Rocks! I told you so.

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Well the last few weeks I have been able to build trunk in my machines, and I have to say that KDE is looking great.
I'm not afraid to show my kde 4.2 next to a Leopard or a Vista. Of course its not as polished as a leopard, but it has its how strong selling points, or not as ... don't know how to compare it with Vista (I personally find Vista, humm... bad)
The funny thing is that, it is exactly how I thought this was going to go. And I had this clear notion more than 2 years ago, wen we were fighting to get 4.0 out.
At the time I thought that 4.0, I would not be able to use, (I wasn't well cause my distro did not made a version of it, and I was not brave enough to build it myself :) ), 4.1 would be usable and already better in some way than my beloved 3.5, (and it is, I use it all the time and cant get back to 3.5), and 4.2 would be on pair with the competition better in some ways, worst in others, And from my test so far its exactly so, its an amazing desktop very polished, pretty, coherent, modern, and extremely flexible. Clearly shows that its a fresh vibrant project with strong pillars that define the desktop of tomorrow, today. And better its doing that in its own its KDE Pillars its not windows or macos.

Now, 2 years ago, I thought what about 4.3 ??? I thought at the time, "well if all goes well 4.3 will be the start of the revolution were we finally say the time as come", the open source desktop is here and is here to prosper.

I must say that Im very proud of being a part of the enormous effort kde is, kudos to every one, 4.2 is amazing and belive it or not, its not done yet.

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anmol said...

I agree with you completely. :-D
We are witnessing a revolution.
Kde 4.2 is already rocking, i have come across some who were unhappy with kde 4.0 and i told all those people that by January 2009, they will be forced to change their mind.

I personally would like to thank each and every developer who invested their valuable time and effort in making KDE, what it is today (Awesome-est DE).

I have no doubt that KDE _will_ become poster child child of Open-Source/Free Software community. Just like Firefox was everywhere in MSM few years back.

From a user's perspective, i already use the best DE.

Thanks Again :D.

Drugo said...

Of course you shouldn't be afraid to show your KDE 4.2 next to a Leopard or a Vista.
Leopard is for poser people and vista is simply too bad.

saschpe said...

Totally agreed here, KDE is just beautiful

Kudos.

Anonymous said...

KDE4 just needs more themes and I dont mean plasma themes but KWin decorations and window-themes.

Now we have only a few nice themes including Oxygen. We need more themes like Qtcurve what can be configured well.

Thats why we need ARGB support for KWin and Windows itself, so we can get transparent parts for windows :-D

Pinheiro said...

@ anonimous....
not sure, theory says that 95% of the users never change their defoults. just look at the amount of green XP filds out there.

On the other end for a certain margin of users its important and they do a lot of free marketing for US.

Theming in qt is not as simple as say... gtk (in the most simple raster based themes) but the amout of stuf you can do is soo much larger that I think its worth the difrence....

Geting more themes depends on coders doing them...

IN the next relase of oxygen we hope to work alot on the animation bit.
maybe for 4.4 we will try to come up with a new optional more WOW theme. we will see...

cenebris said...

There's still much to do compared to enlightenment, compiz, lxde and so on. KDE would greatly benefit if it was sponsored by Google, if KDE was default DE for Ubuntu (instead of Gnome) and if Nokia started pushing some mobile KDE version to Symbian and Maemo. Although I like where KDE is going I'm sure that 4.0 should look and behave as 4.2 or 4.3 at least few years ago...

Burke said...

Is that the KDE 4.2 Default Wallpaper? If yes I would recommend a different one, because is look quite too simple and too much crayon-like. KDE has strong colors, clear lines etc., therefore it would not fit as default.

Maybe it is time to use one of the photographs already included in 4.0 as the default-wallpaper.

If that is not the new wallpaper when we will be able to see it?

dipesh said...

yeah, 4.2 does rock. Fantastic work done there, ladies & gentlemen! :)

Dread Knight said...

That's the spirit! KDE fucking rulez!


I'm afraid that Microsoft and Apple might make a terminator and send it back in time to assassinate you, BEWARE! :-(

Bobby said...

I am really proud of you all in the KDE team. You have gotten a lot of tongue lasches during and after the launch of KDE 4.0 but you didn't allow that to distract you and stuck to the plan, a plan that has now materialised.

I am confident that you can blow away OS X. It will not happen overnight but it will. That's thre power of teamwork!
Keep up the powerful work guy and show the world why KDE is the best DE ever!

Bobby said...

@ dread knight

MS is already working on the case. Take a look at Windows 7. They copied the KDE panel and mixed it with a little OS X effects but that's not enough because KDE is evolving constantly so by the time Win 7 is released that will be old style :) Hope they have a plan B.

KDE is much more than looks for me. It's the limitless configurability, the freedom to make my DE be what I want it to be, it's the power, the philosophy and the spirit behind it. Something that neither OSX nor Windows will ever have.

Alvin said...

Sorry, a bit off-topic. But I wonder if that picture will become the default wallpaper for kde 4.2? ;-)

terramel said...

Pow Nuno, o que dizer? Seu trabalho é perfeito. Você é um verdadeiro artista. Vendo tudo o que você andou fazendo com o KDE 4, posso dizer com certeza que você é o maior artista que a comunidade do Software Livre já teve :D É uma pena que você não esteja na equipe do Ubuntu (e também uma pena que você não faça temas para E17 também :D).

Ah, o KDE 4 é muito mais lindo do que qualquer Mac ou Vista. Qualquer interface do Linux quando bem configurada arrebenta tranquilamente o Leopard e o Vista. O KDE 4 já faz isos sem nem precisar mexer em nada. Ela já vem por padrão humilhando o MacOSX :D

Abraços

do Terrinha

Anonymous said...

Bem, lá pelo 4.2, estou de malas aviadas para o kde novamente. Excelente trabalho de toda a equipa.

Anonymous said...

Where can I get this wallpaper?

Tomasz Dudzik said...

Yea, can you share the wallpaper, please? ;]

ozzyfilho said...

KDE 4.2 will rock :P, ever better.

But amarok interface need more attention. Take a look this mockup of amarok. It is oxygenated.

http://kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=94472&vote=good&tan=29848483

Anonymous said...

Bom dia Pinheiro!

Desculpe-me um off topic em Português, mas o meu inglês é algo pobre e tive conhecimento do seu trabalho muito recentemente, por exemplo via tux vermelho!...
A questão é a seguinte: sou um utilizador deficiente visual que usa normalmente em Windows um sistema de ampliação de écrã que amplia uma parte do écrã para a tela toda, ou um "full screen magnifier" como lhe chamam na industria de ajudas técnicas. Será que o novo KDE dispõe de alguma funcionalidade destas que me permita trocar o Windows?

Queira desculpar e muito obrigado!

Pinheiro said...

@Anonymous

Sim o kde tem diversas ferramentas para isso, por exemplo o kmag que abre uma janela com o zoom do rato,
ou o kwin que tem diversas opções desde zoom sobre todo ecrã, local, tipo lupa, ou reforço de contraste, existe também o "texto to speach" que como nome diz dita o texto selecionado.

Anonymous said...

Muito obrigado pela ajuda relativamente às lupas! Irei experimentar! Até breve!...

Anonymous said...

"MS is already working on the case. Take a look at Windows 7. They copied the KDE panel and mixed it with a little OS X effects but that's not enough because KDE is evolving constantly so by the time Win 7 is released that will be old style :) Hope they have a plan B."

Don't get me wrong, I love KDE, but you guys are really hypocrites.

You say that Windows 7 is copying KDE, but you should also recognize that KDE4 has been copying a lot of Vista on the style.

Shame on you.

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Heel Pain said...

KDE4 just needs more themes and I dont mean plasma themes but KWin decorations and window-themes.

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