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Thread: KDE3 vs KDE4 debate misses the point.

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    Robert Smits NNTP User

    Default KDE3 vs KDE4 debate misses the point.

    I have to say that much of the debate about whether KDE4 is ready to replace
    KDE3 misses the point entirely.

    First of all, the openSUSE installer for RC1 and 11.0 points out that KDE4
    is much less stable than KDE 3.5. So I have not a lot of sympathy for those
    complaining about KDE4 because KDE3.5 is, and always has been available.
    Besides, it's not the Suse developers we should complain to but the KDE
    ones. What really annoys me is not getting bugs in KDE3 fixed because
    they're playing with their new toys. I could care less about 3d, plasmoids,
    or fancy graphics - I'd rather see well documented existing bugs in Kmail
    fixed.

    Second, the disrespectful flaming in the forum was totally unnecessary.
    There wasn't any call for it, and all of you could have made your points
    without it, whether you were frustrated or it. And the developers need to
    realize that most of us are here because we really want openSUSE to
    succeed, and when people complain they're generally (but not universally)
    trying to be constructive. And those of us who called them names should
    know it usually doesn't make people more willing to listen to your point of
    view.

    I really really like openSUSE 11.0. It's been my distro of choice since 9.3,
    when you got the excellent manuals with your CDs. I really like the speed
    with which YAST works, now, although I wish they'd just left the existing
    categories of software alone.

    There are two areas about openSUSE 11.0 that disappointed me, however. The
    first was the lack of attention apparently paid to getting wireless drivers
    that worked out of the box for common laptops. I've been used to installing
    Suse and having wireless work for years, now. I did not expect the hassle
    of trying to get wireless working.

    The second disappointment was that even though there were all kinds of
    reports in the forums, on mailing lists, and in bugzilla about non-working
    wireless cards, no one stopped and said hold on a moment, let's fix this
    first before going to general release. I thought that's what releasing a
    release candidate was for - to find and get the bugs out before shipping.

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    (Robert Smits, Ladysmith BC) * connections, all alike.....



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    Default Re: KDE3 vs KDE4 debate misses the point.

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Smits View Post
    I have to say that much of the debate about whether KDE4 is ready to replace
    KDE3 misses the point entirely.

    First of all, the openSUSE installer for RC1 and 11.0 points out that KDE4
    is much less stable than KDE 3.5. So I have not a lot of sympathy for those
    complaining about KDE4 because KDE3.5 is, and always has been available.
    Besides, it's not the Suse developers we should complain to but the KDE
    ones. What really annoys me is not getting bugs in KDE3 fixed because
    they're playing with their new toys. I could care less about 3d, plasmoids,
    or fancy graphics - I'd rather see well documented existing bugs in Kmail
    fixed.
    This is a a point-0(.0) release, so it is expected to have bugs

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Smits View Post
    There are two areas about openSUSE 11.0 that disappointed me, however. The
    first was the lack of attention apparently paid to getting wireless drivers
    that worked out of the box for common laptops. I've been used to installing
    Suse and having wireless work for years, now. I did not expect the hassle
    of trying to get wireless working.
    Almost all of the common drivers need proprietary firmware(with the exceptions of ath5k and intel's OSS one(can't remember it's name at the moment)), though it would be very helpful if there was a script that could automatically detect the card, and download the correct firmware

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Smits View Post
    The second disappointment was that even though there were all kinds of
    reports in the forums, on mailing lists, and in bugzilla about non-working
    wireless cards, no one stopped and said hold on a moment, let's fix this
    first before going to general release. I thought that's what releasing a
    release candidate was for - to find and get the bugs out before shipping.
    This is a point-0 release, it can't be expected to be too stable .

    11.1 should fix some of these bugs.

    Also, 11 is bringing many new technologies to the table, KDE4, PulseAudio, PackageKit, new Zypper, so obviously, they have to 'settle down'
    "If it ain't broke, find something wrong with it"

  3. #3
    Robert Smits NNTP User

    Default Re: KDE3 vs KDE4 debate misses the point.

    some-guy wrote:

    >
    > Robert Smits;1823706 Wrote:
    >> I have to say that much of the debate about whether KDE4 is ready to
    >> replace KDE3 misses the point entirely.
    >>
    >> First of all, the openSUSE installer for RC1 and 11.0 points out that
    >> KDE4 is much less stable than KDE 3.5. So I have not a lot of sympathy
    >> for those complaining about KDE4 because KDE3.5 is, and always has been
    >> available.
    >> Besides, it's not the Suse developers we should complain to but the
    >> KDE ones. What really annoys me is not getting bugs in KDE3 fixed because
    >> they're playing with their new toys. I could care less about 3d,
    >> plasmoids, or fancy graphics - I'd rather see well documented existing
    >> bugs in Kmail fixed.

    > This is a a point-0(.0) release, so it is expected to have bugs


    Hardly. openSUSE 11.0 may have that excuse, but KDE 3.5.9 certainly doesn't.
    And nothing in 3.5 is being fixed because they writing KDE4.

    >> There are two areas about openSUSE 11.0 that disappointed me, however.
    >> The first was the lack of attention apparently paid to getting wireless
    >> drivers that worked out of the box for common laptops. I've been used to
    >> installing Suse and having wireless work for years, now. I did not expect
    >> the hassle of trying to get wireless working.


    > Almost all of the common drivers need proprietary firmware(with the
    > exceptions of ath5k and intel's OSS one(can't remember it's name at the
    > moment)), though it would be *very* helpful if there was a script that
    > could automatically detect the card, and download the correct firmware


    It certainly would. But it's not just the drivers. Lots of stuff regarding
    networking simply doesn't work. You can't use scpm together with knetwork
    manager if you want to be able to change nfs mounts, for example. And look
    at all the trouble with network manager and not being able to do wpa
    encryption properly.

    We're way past the age when we should have to fiddle for hours to find a
    solution for these kinds of problems with a general release. I can
    understand this happening with a beta candidate, but it shouldn't go to
    general release until it's ready.

    >> The second disappointment was that even though there were all kinds of
    >> reports in the forums, on mailing lists, and in bugzilla about
    >> non-working wireless cards, no one stopped and said hold on a moment,
    >> let's fix this first before going to general release. I thought that's
    >> what releasing a release candidate was for - to find and get the bugs out
    >> before shipping.


    > This is a point-0 release, it can't be expected to be too stable .


    It's not about stability, it's about WORKING. Having non-functional wireless
    is not just unstable, it's broken. This isn't just affecting a handful of
    people with obscure equipment, it's affecting a LOT of people with current
    Toshiba and Lenovo laptops, for example.

    In my view, far too much emphasis is being placed on speed of getting out a
    release, and not enough to ensuring that the parts that are released are
    working properly.

    > 11.1 should fix some of these bugs.


    I should hope so.

    >
    > Also, 11 is bringing many new technologies to the table, KDE4,
    > PulseAudio, PackageKit, new Zypper, so obviously, they have to 'settle
    > down'


    Some of these are working very well. The increased speed of Yast alone makes
    it worthwhile. But it shouldn't be released when basic connectivity isn't
    there.

    Nor am I enamoured of change for change's sake, either. The "new" kDE menu
    is one example I really don't care for - it's less functional than the old
    one, but at least I can still switch to the old style.

    I say to hell with gadgets of questionable use and would rather see
    improvements in reliability, stability, and cleaning up known bugs.

    --
    bob@rsmits.ca * You are in a maze of UUCP
    (Robert Smits, Ladysmith BC) * connections, all alike.....


  4. #4
    Tilman Schmidt NNTP User

    Default dot-zero releases vs. beta releases (was: KDE3 vs KDE4 debate missesthe point.)

    some-guy schrieb:
    > This is a a point-0(.0) release, so it is expected to have bugs


    No, it isn't. Dot-zero releases are not beta releases.

    What's more, this dot-zero release did have a beta phase, which
    did reveal many of the issues that are causing complaints now.
    Somebody must have decided to cut the final release with these
    known issues unsolved.

    Of course, every software has bugs, and if you wanted to resolve
    all issues before shipping a release, you would never ship
    anything. So the real question is: which issues are serious
    enough that you shouldn't ship a final release without fixing
    them. But deciding that requires putting oneself in the shoes of
    Joe R. User, which is obviously very difficult. A forum like
    this one might be able to help getting the point of view of
    Joe R. User on these issues across to those who have to make the
    decision, provided everybody manages to suppress their urge to
    flame.

    --
    Tilman Schmidt
    Phoenix Software GmbH
    Bonn, Germany

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    Default Re: KDE3 vs KDE4 debate misses the point.

    I agree that more time to get Wifi working on install would be helpful. Even if only an option to do a scripted install of ndiswrapper so that wifi works somehow, native or not, after the install.

    It is very hard to find out information on fixes of minor issues or updates without an internet connection. Especially since there may well come to be a time very soon where the average home user has only wireless access to the internet without a wired port at all.

    I also agree that rational discourse, perhaps going so far as to express sour grapes in the form of, "What were they thinking?!" is a far better way to accomplish meaningful solutions than flaming. (I'm away for a week and all sorts of fun stuff happens - gotta get caught up on the flame wars! )

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    Unhappy Re: KDE3 vs KDE4 debate misses the point.

    I am so sad that KDE4 is so unfriendly.

    I've tried to create a desktop shortcut and after 10 minutes I gave up.

    Why did they broke up the GUI usability so much?
    The KDE3 was nice, stable and VERY productive.

    KDE4 is the "vista" of desktop words. It's also slow.
    I used Stresos - operating system stress test to run some tests with different desktops (Gnome, KDE3, etc) and now I'm a Gnome user.

    I am angry and sad about this.

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    Default Re: KDE3 vs KDE4 debate misses the point.

    I've tried to create a desktop shortcut and after 10 minutes I gave up.
    One hardly will find out how to meet certain needs by just fiddling around (not with highly configurable environments as KDE), but rather read the manual, search via google or simply ask. You can have classic icons on the desktop by setting the desktop-activity to "Folder View".

    Why did they broke up the GUI usability so much?
    Because the KDE-team had a vision of a *different* desktop. KDE4 is not really a follower of KDE3, it's something different and new.

    KDE4 is the "vista" of desktop words. It's also slow.
    I use KDE4 fully since about half a year, yet I can not accomplish much when being forced to do something on a Vista desktop. They have *nothing* in common except the usual "X on top right to close a window" etc. (and it reminds me of people claiming KDE3 was like WinXP...). KDE4 runs pretty smooth too for me...

    Please realize KDE4 is a project based on unsolicited work. If the KDE-team has some new vision about how a desktop should behave and look, they should feel free to turn that vision into reality. They have *no duty at all* to fulfill any users needs.

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    Default Re: KDE3 vs KDE4 debate misses the point.

    gropiuskalle is correct. I have no problem putting icons on my desktop, although I chose to stick with the new way of having the little folder there and drop the icons in it. I just find it to look more tidy. Set to Desktop, it allows me to put icons in that folder and on the desktop as well.

    Setting to Folder View, makes it look the old way with normal desktop icons. If that is the way you prefer, it will let you have it your way.

    I loved 3.5, but I realized it is dead and I made up my mind to move on. It took a little tweaking, but I got 4.4 working quite nicely. I don't have any plasma crashes and everything seems to work, including search. In fact, the new search is simply amazing. I was playing with it last night and it is blazing fast. I was stunned. I don't understand how they actually did it, but they did a great job.

    If you have been using previous versions of 4.X and have not tried 4.4, you really should give it a shot. A lot of the little things have been fixed. I won't call it perfect, but it has come a long way from the 4.0 days when this thread was started. It has come a long way from the 4.3.5 days of a few weeks ago.

    If you have issues, ask for help. Switching to Gnome and feeling sad doesn't get the problems fixed.
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    Default Re: KDE3 vs KDE4 debate misses the point.

    I say good riddance to desktop icons, but if you absolutely need them,
    they can still be made. What I don't understand is, if I find desktop icons
    to be useless (mostly because I never see my desktop as it is covered with
    windows, then how am I to make any use of 'widgets'?? Answer is I don't.
    But I imagine for someone that really likes desktop icons that widgets
    should be an awesome thing.

    There is a certain learning curve moving from KDE3 to KDE4 and most of it
    has to do with creating/moving icons and manupulation of the panel bars.
    Not something you will likely figure out in 10 minutes, particularly if you
    haven't asked for help. Now, should it be that way? Probably not, but it
    is so just ask for help. Once you learn it, it makes sense and I think
    you'll find it's not really that fussy.



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    Default Re: KDE3 vs KDE4 debate misses the point.

    I think the title of the thread says it all.

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