[Clug-tech] kde3 and kde4
sgrover at open2space.com
Tue Feb 26 17:46:00 PST 2008
The KDE 3 issue is the same thing I posted about yesterday on the
CLUG-Talk list. The language pack update doesn't like us Canadian
English speakers for some reason.. :)
Rolling back the language pack is the only fix I've seen so far that
works reliably. (setting the LANG variable does too, but that's kinda
Gustin Johnson wrote:
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> It seems that kde is currently hooped on my laptop (it crashes and
> returns to the kdm login screen) but kde4 seems to load just fine. The
> upside is that I have been using kde4 solely for the last couple of days.
> I do not want to suggest that kde4 was a waste of time or that there was
> not a lot of impressive work done, but I miss my kde 3.5x. Little
> things like the size of the task bar (the kicker replacement) is too big
> (and not resizable) and and no F2 shortcut. Widget resizing is also
> annoying. I expect these to be ironed out, but it all served to remind
> me how high the bar has been set by kde 3.x.
> Also, the interaction with the proprietary nvidia drivers seems buggy,
> but this is likely not a kde problem.
> I like some of the new kde4 specific apps (krdc and gwenview in particular).
> I do have one question. Why are modern GUIs driven to produce larger
> and more wasteful interfaces? The title bars, task bars, application
> menu bars, all seem to be getting larger, wasting more and more screen
> real estate. Shouldn't we be getting more efficient with our space?
> Coupled with the fact that the increase in size is met with a decrease
> in interactive features (ie. buttons and displays). In other words, why
> are we taking up more space to do and convey less? I am mainly thinking
> of Office 2007, Vista, and KDE4 here. This massive task bar conveys
> less info than the one I had in KDE 3, and yet the latter was ~ 1/3 the
> size. How big does the task bar and the title bar really need to be?
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