I switched to KDE 3.5, and actually, things are “zippy”. It works
great. I am very happy.
I realize this is ground that has probably been tread over and over,
but I am very disappointed and concerned with KDE4.
(1) Are the performance issues discussed in this thread. 50% +/- of
the CPU when NOTHING is happening is crazy.
(2) Is the apparent attitude of the KDE team. Saying “Gee, its young,
it will get better” may be true, but it was irresponsible to put out a
4.0, much less a 4.1 until it was the equal of 3.5. You want the world
to shift from Microsoft to Linux/KDE? Then respect the fact that they
need a working system, and don’t put the world in a serious regression
for a couple years while you catch up on your new architecture and
I DO applaud that KDE is trying to make really innovative,
groundbreaking, true advances in how we interact with computers, but it
does have to work all along the way!
(3) I don’t see the need for nautalus, I did not see Konqueror as
complicated, and nautalus is a regression. The ability to split windows
and have various directories open was THE MAIN reason I liked KDE over
anything else, although there are probably others (I have not looked
hard because the window splitting is so fundamentally useful).
I think I read that Konqueror has become a nightmare inside. If it
needs to be architected and implemented, fine, do that, but don’t throw
the paradigm out!
(4) This one I am not sure of… I seem to see a trend toward “single
clicking” to open. Even going to multiple keys. replacing s simple
finger wiggle with having to move your entire arm, locate it accurately,
push a key while you click, then put it back and align it is not more
efficient. Fingers are much better at fine motor control than shoulders
and arms, not to mention faster. The single click to select, double to
open is one of the things done right.
(5) Please don’t be offended, but hear my message… It appears that
the KDE team is obsessed with nifty bells and whistles and eye candy and
do-dads that just complicate the world and make it slower. And they
have developed their own language that they talk so that only they can
understand each other. If you want to take over the world, the world
primarily needs to get something done and use this tool - they do not
want to spend their life learning about it and playing with it. Fine
for those who do, but most people have a task they want to get done so
they can go play with their children, or climb a mountain, or live their
life! Work on your new, simple, intuitive paradigm that makes it EASY!
Well, if any KDE people are listening, thanks, and thanks for KDE…3.x
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