KDE 4 RC1 so far

So guys,
What are your opinions about these release candidate?
share here your opinion and experiences with this RC1 so far.

BTW, le me begin:
So the first thing i’ve done immediately after the install was to deinstall all equivalent kde3 pieces of software, in order to be in real conditions so that, i will firstly try to fix issues, instead of start the KDE3’s stable equivalent.

  • I logged in first on a kde4 desktop with an alternative user. The first run was smooth and pleasant. I tried some softs and then logged out.
    The second time i logged in on the kde4 desktop , the screen was sluggish! nothing appears except some weirds strips on my laptop monitor ( ithink it’s an plasma thing). So i logged out, and logged back with a kde3 desktop.
  • Amarok2(alpha) was playing my songs nicely , but hangs whenever i tried to sync my multimedia library.
  • K3b crashed on the last step of burning a dvd.
  • kopete4 was not satisfying for me becuz’ they remove IRC protocol.
  • Digikam4 start well, acts like it was important my pictures lib, but showed nothing (i.e. no picture on my different albums)
  • The effects remains even on my kde3 desktop, and those was really pleasant to see (for eg. a wobbly windows without activating compiz :wink: ).
  • okular4 seems to work well.
  • webkam doesn’t take any photo from my onboard webcam
  • Didn’t test koffice2(alpha) yet.
  • kdepim (kontact, korganizer, etc…) needs further stabilisation before becoming really useful.

So… that’s the facts for now.
I’m continuing my testing.

Hope you guys share yours.

And oh, my system is a:
HP dv laptop: Core Duo, 2gb RAM, NVIDIA 8400GS (driver 173.14.05), x64_86 architecture/install, opensuse 11.0, intel iwl3945ABG.

talking about KDE 4**.1** RC1 off course :slight_smile:

so far my experience with kde4 rc1 has been enjoyable, havent had alot of crashes but i have had some. I do use it for converting and ripping movies and burning them kde 3.5.9 worked great kde4 works just as good, except i do use the 3.5 apps cause like hotus said k3b just isnt ready yet amarok2 just isn’t ready yet either it will crash when i try to access my mp3 player.
but all in all i am pretty satisfied with 4.1 rc1, been using it more and more and not logging into 3.5.9
i’ve even installed it on my laptop it runs so smooth and its an older laptop with only 512 mb ram intel video 60 gb drive shared with XP

hotus wrote:

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think problems are more with apps and plasmoids (inc the panel) then KDE4 itself (which is very stable)

Suse 11.0 x64, Kde 4.1beta (factory repo), Opera 9.x weekly

My experience has been great. My experience since KDE 4.0 has been pretty good–before that, it was a little shady.

I have noticed a gradual improvement with each release, and the first (4.0.0) wasn’t that bad, for me anyway. The current 4.1 RC is fantastic; I put my laptop into sleep several times a day, do image and video editing, work extensively with KDE PIM, and can’t remember the last time I had a crash.

I have considered posting in some of the other threads, because my experience has been so much better than most people’s. I have refrained because, well, my experience with Linux tends to be better than most people’s, and I will refrain from stating why I think this is so (at least for now).

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I agree with google01103, the problems are now with apps that are still in the alpha stage like Amarok2 and Digikam. The DE itself is already quite good.

I find KDE PIM to already be in great shape, but I don’t do any work with syncing to other computers so my use case is pretty mainstream - Calendar, Mail, Feeds, Appointments and Notes.

Once the other apps from the KDE universe settle in (KOffice, Amarok, K3B) then KDE 4 will be awesome. I hope that those extra apps will stabilize in time for oS 11.1, but oS 11.0 with KDE 4.1 feels like it was supposed to feel at release. The openSUSE team did a good job with 4.0.4, but 4.1 is so much better I can’t really recommend anyone to stay put on 4.0.4 despite the official support it gets.

Perhaps i’m wrong, but those core apps (kdepim, plasma -incl. panels, kopete,…) aren’t supposed to be integrated part of the DE? :confused:

Just to supplement this thread, for those curious in learning more, the openSUSE page with information on KDE4 is here: KDE/KDE4 - openSUSE

and one can download a live CD (not installable) with KDE4.1 RC1 (and openSUSE-11.0) here: “KDE Four Live” CD](http://home.kde.org/~binner/kde-four-live/)

While that live CD of 4.1 RC1 is not installable, it is good for playing around with the desktop. If one’s PC has lots of RAM (2GBytes or so) then one can also install some 3rd party apps and see how they function with KDE-4.1 RC1 (of course once one reboots, all is lost).

Playing with that Live CD of KDE-4.1 RC1 has me thinking there is a strong likelihood I will install KDE-4.1 on openSUSE-11.1 when it comes out in December. As noted, the state of the applications will be the key criteria.

I still have not installed openSUSE-11.0 KDE-3.5.9 on my main PC (its running openSUSE-10.3 KDE-3.5.7) because a key app that I use a lot is not yet available yet for openSUSE-11.0.

I’ve updated to rc1 and I must say I’m really liking it. I’ve used Gnome mostly cause I’ve used Ubuntu mostly, but I thought I’d give openSUSE 11 with KDE 4 a go. And I’ll tell you, I’m quite impressed with the lot, KDE 4, YAST, and just the customisation that the openSUSE team put into the release

It has gone well for me so far overall only complaints
1.screensaver freezes
2.the splashscreen will not test
3.the Desktop settings will blank out the the Kmemu & the Desktop settings box when changing a wallpaper
I just chalk those up to beta/RC hiccups so as said I like KDE4.

Just a correction on this … it was pointed out to me on another thread that this live CD is installable.