This is to the devs - I might need to repeat this on the kde forums but I know some opensuse devs are also kde devs.
I notice a majority of posts lately have been bug reports or complaints so I just wanted to give some thanks for a change.
I had been running 4.1.3 on 11.0 for a long time and it certainly wasn’t bad - but I recently read about vast improvements in Kwin compositing and given I was using neither compiz nor kwin due to serious problems with both (which I won’t go into) I thought I’d give it a try.
Well where do I start to rant about how many improvements there are:
Kwin runs beautifully and thanks to a tip about setting initialpixmaps to 2 for nvidia cards it is smoother than compiz-fusion and doesn’t have weird bugs due to incompatibility with kde4 (obviously because it is kde4’s window manager)
Kwin has much better options to tweak and adjust- I love it
Plasma - Fair Dinkum! Plasma just keeps getting better and better. The polish is soooo much better, the much more discrete transparent bar to move/change widgets is great!
Finally there are a heap of useful widgets and I can even install google gadgets directly - simply amazing! (Still haven’t figured out how to remove a widget from the list/uninstall it)
KDE control panel - more options now available and even within the applets there are more settings to configure things with.
Little additions like in phonon/multimedia settings you can now test the audio directly with a little play button. I’ve always loved how with phonon I can tell it to prefer jack so then I don’t have to start/stop apps that do/don’t support jack connection - if it connects to phonon then it connects to JACK!!!
Only thing I need to do now is get adobe to make flashplayer connect to phonon - oh how sweet that would be.
Sure there will be a few bugs I come across and some that are yet to be fixed but I’ll save that for another thread - this is positive stuff only.
Once again thanks and you’ve made my new year all that much happier! =)