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KDE Rebrands, Introduces KDE Plasma Desktop 364

Posted by timothy
from the postitioning-for-clarity dept.
Jiilik Oiolosse writes "The KDE community has killed the term K Desktop Environment (previously the Kool Desktop Environment). 'KDE' had previously ambiguously referred to both the community, and the complete set of programs and tools produced by the KDE community which together formed a desktop user interface. This set of tools, including the window manager, panels and configuration utilities, which KDE terms a 'workspace,' will now be shipped under the term 'KDE Plasma Desktop.' This allows KDE to ship a separate workspace called 'Plasma Netbook,' and independently market the various KDE applications as usable in any workspace, whether it be the Plasma Desktop, Windows, or XFCE."
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KDE Rebrands, Introduces KDE Plasma Desktop

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  • Dammit slashdot (Score:2, Informative)

    by Jello B. (950817) <jellobmello.gmail@com> on Wednesday November 25, 2009 @06:41PM (#30231388) Homepage
    No they didn't, they renamed it the KDE Software Compilation. Get your god damn facts right.
  • Re:Amarok on windows (Score:3, Informative)

    by Simon (S2) (600188) on Wednesday November 25, 2009 @06:53PM (#30231522) Homepage

    Where's my Amarok on winders, and why does a simple port need all kinds of name changing foolishness?

    uhm... here? [kde.org] together with all other available platforms?

  • Re:K? (Score:1, Informative)

    by V!NCENT (1105021) on Wednesday November 25, 2009 @08:17PM (#30232094)

    "Gnome is more stable" not anymore.

    "has a better feature set" not anymore.

    "provides better application integration" The exact opposite. Even GTK apps look like the default QT apps in KDE4. On the integration side: KDE4 is developed in such a way that every piece of data is centralised. Everything from widgets to apps that display time? They all call the one thing that monitors that. You update your agenda? Suddenly all apps know that and display that. You play a song in VLC or AmaroK or whatever? The widget on your desktop knows what you play, displays it and even has buttons like pauze, play, etc.

    "Besides this, it uses a lot less memory." See my previous statement: all kinds of data that is alike will only be stored once and executed once for all the apps that use the data.

    Try out KDE 4.3. Seriously, do it. It absolutely blows away KDE 3.5.x in any way!

  • Re:Clarity? (Score:3, Informative)

    by sowth (748135) * on Wednesday November 25, 2009 @10:41PM (#30233202) Journal

    What does pulse audio have to do with this discussion? KDE uses aRTs for audio. Linux in general uses ALSA, unless you want to do something weird and unusual like play sound on another computer across a network.

    Since when have MS Windows users been able to send their application's sound across the network without special software? Such software is probably expensive or has just as many problems as pulse audio anyway. How many regular people actually do something like that and why should anyone care?

  • Re:Clarity? (Score:3, Informative)

    by fnj (64210) on Thursday November 26, 2009 @04:07AM (#30234742)

    Oh, fiddlesticks. Just change the way you look at it. There is no "linux" the way you want to use the term. There is Gnome on linux, and there is KDE on linux. You can walk a Gnome on linux user through changing desktop resolution if you are familiar with Gnome on linux. You can do the same for KDE on linux if you are familiar with KDE on linux. If you are ambitious, you can make yourself able to do both. And so on for Xfce, and a myriad of others. I wouldn't advise tring to become a "wizard" with all of them, but you can pick 1 or 2.

    Anyway, your idea of Windows as a single entity in terms of support is not true. At the moment, even disregarding 2000, you have to remember largely different procedures for XP and Vista, and now 7 is going to be yet a third variant in wide use at the same time.

    Saying linux can't compete because it's not in a straitjacket like Windows and MacOSX is missing the point of freedom.

    Now if you're talking corporate support, you can just pick Gnome or KDE the same way virtually all corporate settings pick either XP or Vista.

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