Friday, July 2, 2010

KDE3 Users Unite!

If, like me, you're a long time KDE user and don't like the direction the new KDE4 is headed, someone has taken up the reigns!



It's disappointing to me what they've done with KDE these days.  Granted, I haven't done what Linus did and turned to Gnome.  It's because KDE has become much more Gnome-ish that I'm loathe of the new version.  No, it doesn't look or act that much Gnome.

The root of the problem I have with Gnome is its underlying window manager, metacity.  It's a featureless pile of dung and gives you none of the features and controls an X window manager should provide.  Those of us who actually know how to use X actually like to have control over our desktop environment.  We like to be able to enforce a window's geometry, control on which desktop a certain type of window will appear, keep it above or below, prevent it from accepting focus, and maybe, just, maybe, block global shortcuts for a specific type of window.  All of these useful features have been stripped from your control.  The gnome file manager is equally unusable.

I started to get worried about KDE's direction at the release of Dolphin.  It was an extremely dumbed-down version of the regular file manager and was very much starting to resemble Gnome's.  Featureless and unpleasant to use.

I like software that is extremely configurable.  I don't like some fascist software engineer making all my decisions for me with no recourse or say in the matter.  KDE used to be just that.  Now, more and more rapidly, the configurability that was so integral to KDE is eroding.

Here's to Pearson Computing for keeping KDE in the state it belongs!

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