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Monday, September 7th, 2009, 8:21 am

I’m in Love… KDE 4.3.1

KDE4 does not cease to excite.

I have been a user of KDE for about decade, but I did use almost every other desktop environment and window manager, especially in the earlier days of GNU/Linux on the desktop. KDE came naturally to me as a SuSE user (until
Novell’s deal with Microsoft) and its suitability for power user was a great plus. I still use GNOME in other places and I am pleased to say that it’s a pleasant environment too.

My first impression of KDE 4.3 is that it is a lot simpler for newcomers (than KDE 3) and it looks fantastic. I used earlier versions of KDE4 and they didn’t cause me trouble, but this one is almost perfect and I am unable to find noticeable wrinkles or creases. In fact, the new release incorporates so many wonderful changes that it would be irrational to ever step back to KDE3 again.

In the process of setting up this workstation I needed to use GParted, which is another invaluable distribution that does precisely what it says on the tin and does it nicely, too. I am currently on Kubuntu 9.10 (alpha 5), but I did not leave Mandriva behind. In fact, almost every distribution that I try these days leaves me satisfied. They all do, after all, share the same components; integration work is where it all counts.

I thought about doing a review, but that would be time consuming and rather boring to people who read my personal Web site.

So, thumbs up to the KDE team, the Kubuntu team, and the GParted maintainer/s. At this pace, the domination of GNU/Linux on the desktop too seems only like a matter of time.

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