********* Rant - but it's the last one *******************
I've tried, really, to use this "thing", but no, definitely, it's not
I'm sure the foundation of KDE 4 is a step forward (don't ask me why, I'm just
ready to believe, but I have not seen where there is an improvement I am
using, I'm probably just dumb), but what's killing all that work is the
The panel is awkward to say the least, organising icons to launch programs is
possible, but so cumbersome compared to KDE 3. the whole thing is sloooow
(probably eating CPU power for useless eye candy).
Apparently, the devs have *decided* that the *only* way to use a desktop is by
having some sort of automount. Every time you insert a CD/DVD you get a menu
poping from the panel (greetings from Windows Vista!), to mount it (yes, I
added a line in fstab to mount it where I want) I have either to use this
popup or Dolphin.
I have been told Dolphin is better than Konqueror - I fail to see where.
Anyway, to mount (or unmount) a DVD you have to use "Places" - as I hide
this, it means more clicks to get it done.
Now, you can have a "link to device" icon on your folder view, but it does not
work (you can mount from the console, not from KDE). A bug has been filed six
If you create links to other partitions, they work... but they have names with
the .desktop extention all over your desktop. Now, I could use a folder view
for these, but a) I dont want them on my desktop all the time and b) it
defeats the basic idea (mount these partitions only when I need them).
I've reinstalled 11.1 this morning with KDE 3 - what a breeze, simple,
efficient, and that's not only because I'm more used to it!
GIVE US BACK A USABLE DESKTOP (and yes! I'm shouting in the hope someone can
hear!). Do what you want under the hood if there is a good reason to rewrite
everything from scrap, but really I get mad when I see that we are going to
loose a good, matured desktop that did all we needed and will have
to "adapt", "get used to" some inferior piece of desktop software. perhaps I
could try to get used to Gnome Desktop - but their devs seem to be on the way
to ruin that to. After Step maybe?
I hope 11.1 can stay up to date enough because I'm not getting 11.2, unless
KDE 4 Desktop changes, but it seems to be going the Windows way: changing,
but for the worse, because the people who write it have decided that the
users had to follow "their" way.
OK, I had to let this out, perhaps I'm the only one to feel this way.
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