KDE 4 I was wrong!

Hello to all fellow Suse lovers. Now, I was a die-hard KDE 3 supporter and absolutely refused to update to KDE 4 until I updated Suse to version 11.3 a few days ago. I thought KDE 3 should be supported indefinitely and was silently cursing all the developers for taking something wonderful and turning it into KDE 4.
That said, I was 100% wrong. Of course not everything works just as It used to and of course there are still some minor stability issues (my experience), but the boys and girls at KDE have done a brilliant job. It is just a matter of taking the time and getting used to something new.
Not much else to say, but a thanks to everyone responsible for the best (my view) DE out there!

Same experience for me but other strategy. As for my laptop I stayed on 11.1 and 3.5 up to now. But on my home-PC i installed 11.3 with 4.5.1 and I have to say I was astonished about the progress made. I is nearly not “versioning” any more but seams close to leapfrogging.
I would suggest everybody who does a fresh install and has no problem with critical software should go right away with KDE4.5 instead of KDE3.5.

Ps. I did not find the things sooooo incomprehensible compared with KDE3.5. That does not say that I do not miss some of the functionality as of before. But then…I hope the feature parity will more sooner then later be re-established.

But then…I hope the feature parity will more sooner then later be re-established.

If you think the feature parity was not yet established, then why to use KDE4 instaed of KDE3?

After 10 years with KDE (2000-2010) I switched frustrated and disappointed
to gnome some months ago. I still missed kde and when 4.5.1 was made
available recently I gave it a try.
I am glad I did that. There are still some issues where I miss once existing
features but this 4.5 version seems to be a major step forward and I feel at
home again in kde.

openSUSE 11.2 64 bit | Intel Core2 Quad Q8300@2.50GHz | KDE 4.5.1 | GeForce
9600 GT | 4GB Ram
openSUSE 11.3 64 bit | Intel Core2 Duo T9300@2.50GHz | Gnome 2.30 | Quadro
FX 3600M | 4GB Ram

Panta res dear Ansus. Therefore I know that on the long run we will change to KDE4 (as in principle it is IMO the better idea, just that we do not want to do the hard beta testing :slight_smile: ). I give it a try on the homepc (that I rarely use) to get used stepwise and without trauma to the new system and to find out about the way to best migrate my stuff in March (I guess). And I agree with Martin, I was really pd off by the quality of 4.0,1,2,3 got hopefull in ,4 and are quite happy with ,51. so I think for me (and this can only be an individual choice) ,46 will do.
But this is a prevision and in the meanwhile I am happily writing from my laptop, while on my way, with KDE 3.5.10 release 93.

I am very impressed with KDE 4.5.1. I have had no crashes yet. KDE4 has become very stable now

I’ve never seen the issue with KDE4 after the initial (incomplete release), TBQH. I think it’s loads better than KDE3, which wasn’t all that great IMO. Very configurable (and configuration overload to come with it), but that’s about it.

GNOME I’ve never been a fan of. GTK does and always will look like **** to me - on Linux and Windows.

I’ve updated a laptop running 11.2 to KDE4.5 and it’s so much better that I’m considering upgrading my other machines, probably to 11.3 or 4/KDE4.6 when it comes out. It feels quite usable for work and home. I think the KDE team is on the right track (but I’m not dumping konqueror anytime soon…)

Same here. Your comment makes a fair and honest summary on the state of KDE4, in my experience of KDE 4.5.1 which is only very slightly less stable than 4.4.4, on my notebook. That’s ok, since 4.5.1 probably didn’t receive the same level of openSUSE user testing before its availability. Overall I prefer the 4.5.1 release.

I haven’t worried about KDE 3 since 11.2 (4.3.5) released, as it didn’t cause any issues with applications I use. Any legacy stuff, I can run on a Gnome (or LXDE) partition anyway. :slight_smile: