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[News] How to Choose a Desktop Environment, Reviews of KDE 4.4

  • Subject: [News] How to Choose a Desktop Environment, Reviews of KDE 4.4
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 23:42:30 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Choosing Linux Desktop Environments

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| Linux users have the unique privilege and 
| challenge of picking the distribution that 
| fits them best. Most start out their Linux-
| experience with a major distribution like 
| Ubuntu, Fedora, or openSUSE, and for some, 
| that's as far as they go. Others, curious 
| or eager to try the variety of Linus 
| Torvald-"flavors" available, start trying 
| to find out what differences exist between 
| "smaller" distributions like Elive or 
| Crunchbang and the bigger ones.


KDE Review: KDE 4.4 Comes in from the Cold

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| Between radical changes and limited 
| functionality, the KDE 4 series got off to 
| a rough start. However, with each release, 
| KDE 4 has improved steadily and silenced 
| more critics. Now, with the KDE 4.4 
| release, the series has reached first 
| maturity.
| Those who expect everything to behave 
| exactly as it did in the KDE 3 series may 
| still struggle with 4.4. But, for those 
| willing to accept change, 4.4 has no 
| shortage of new features to offer, ranging 
| from the implementation of several long-
| term directions to enhanced usability on 
| the desktop -- including Plasma Netbook, a 
| new interface designed specifically for 
| netbook computers. 
| [...]
| But, by far the greatest desktop innovation 
| in KDE 4.4 is one that is also the simplest 
| -- the ability to group windows by tabs. 
| This feature is implemented by a single 
| item added to each window's menu. Yet the 
| implications for easing users' workflow is 
| immense.


Five useful KDE 4.4 widgets

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| With the rise of KDE 4.4 comes a new crop 
| of desktop widgets (or Plasmoids). Earlier 
| renditions of KDE 4.x saw the Plasmoids 
| less than useful. The latest workings, 
| however, have become quite useful, 
| productive even.
| In this article I will introduce you to 
| five of those Plasmoids that can help your 
| productivity in one way or another. I will 
| also show you how the Plasmoids are now 
| installed.


Installing KDE 4.4 in Ubuntu, openSUSE, Fedora And ArchLinux


KDE SC 4.4: A Worthy (though not perfect) Upgrade


Missing Features â Feeling Brian Proffittâs Pain



Hands-on: semantic desktop starts to show in KDE SC 4.4

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| Last week, the KDE community officially
| released KDE Software Compilation 4.4, a
| significant update of the open source desktop
| environment and its associated application
| stack. The new version delivers some user
| interface improvements, enhanced usability, new
| features, additional software, and a number of
| important bug fixes.
| [...]
| KDE has come a very long way since the initial
| 4.0 release in 2008. It's a very modern desktop
| with a lot of rich and impressive features. KDE
| enthusiasts will find a whole lot to like in
| 4.4, and users who were put off by the
| instability and missing functionality of
| previous releases might want to give it another
| look.


Compiz Now Supports KDE 4.4 SC

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| For those interested in the path that
| delivers KDE 4.4 support, it can be found
| via the Compiz Gitweb interface.


Mandriva Linux 2010 and its KDE 4.4 Upgrade

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| I've been happily using Mandriva 2010 as my
| desktop system since its release last
| November. The few issues I've had could be
| traced back to KDE 4.3.2. I had run the
| Update Manager a couple times at the
| beginning, but soon became lax and haven't
| updated since. Honestly, I just didn't want
| to risk an upgrade ruining what was
| essentially a completely enjoyable
| experience. But when Juan Luis Baptiste
| posted that KDE 4.4 packages were available
| for Mandriva 2010, it seemed worth risking
| a re-install.


Noteworthy Mandriva Cooker changes 1 February â 14 February 2010

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| # KDE has been updated to final version
| 4.4.0. New features since KDE 4.3 include
| integrated desktop search in Dolphin, a new
| Plasma desktop interface optimized for
| netbooks, Palapelli (a jigsaw puzzle game),
| Cantor (a scientific maths application) and
| many others.

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