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I can chooz KDE too?

Linux Hater's Blog - Fri, 11/07/2008 - 7:18am
Alright. OK. I hadn't used KDE in a while. Surely, some things must have gotten better. So I installed OpenSUSE 11 just to check it out. Cuz like, SUSE was/is the best KDE distro right?

I start up the browser, and type in www.slashdot.org...



Wow, and this is supposed to be easy to use? How many users know what cookies or domains are? But it's nice to know that this window is from the KDE Daemon. Great start, guys.

Whatever, let me pull up gmail...



OHHHH! DISSSS! Didn't Apple make safari out of khtml or something? Didn't gmail work on Safari years ago? What's the excuse this time?

Whatever, let me go change some settings...



Hmm, how do I set fonts for other languages? Maybe I can haz English only?

Which encoding is "this encoding"? And is everyone supposed to know what encodings are? And are they supposed to know what all these cryptic names like iso8859-1 are?



Wow. Choice is great. Except none of these are what I want. What does "Use with care" mean? Why is there no "Use memory efficiently (and just work)" option?

Ok whatever, let met check out these text editors that people keep talking about.



Ok, so for whatever its worth, Kate and Kwrite seem exactly the same to me, except one has like 3 more buttons. Oh, but maybe the Kate page will help explain this.

The Kate project develops two main products: KatePart, the advanced editor component which is used in numerous KDE applications requiring a text editing component, and Kate, a MDI text editor application. In addition, we provide KWrite, a simple SDI editor shell which allows the user to select his/her favourite editor component.

Wow, so you made a whole 'nother app just to make it have an SDI interface with the same features. And then you made it so that the only configurable text editor interface you can use is the same one as Kate. Wow, that's a totally awesome use of time if you ask me.

On to more of the desktop. I heard the KDE window manager was pretty configurable. Let me check out the settings I can apply to specific windows...



Ok, someone please explain to me what all those different options mean? How is Force and Force Temporarily different? Can I Remember and Force at the same time? How is this usable at all? Do I have to read the source code to figure it out?




One last blow. I fired up KDE4 since it was supposed to be good as long as I didn't need anything. Well, it turns out that I can't even change the desktop size on the fly. Surely, nobody needs to do that. (BTW, make sure to check out my rotated Firefox desktop icon. Cuz that's totally useful)