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KDE Software Compilation 4.10 RC1 Released 59

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-and-shiny dept.
jrepin writes "Today KDE released the first release candidate for its renewed Workspaces, Applications, and Development Platform. Thanks to the feedback from the betas, KDE already improved the quality noticeably. Further polishing new and old functionality will lead to a rock-stable, fast and beautiful release in January, 2013. One particular change in this RC is an updated look to Plasma workspaces."
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KDE Software Compilation 4.10 RC1 Released

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  • Stable? (Score:2, Insightful)

    I'm running Ubuntu 12.04. I tried Unity (for a few weeks to let it seep in), and really didn't get it, so I installed Gnome 3. It has it's flaws, many of which are solved by extensions. Recently I got sick of some of the limitations and decided to try KDE. An apt-get install kde-desktop later, and I can. Except that it seems to be incredibly unstable. I'd already installed some games (Konquest, Ksirk, etc.) and these also seemed to be buggy. E.g. go to the about menu and it crashes...
    Well, KDE is buggy (at

    • Re:Stable? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Tarlus (1000874) on Wednesday December 19, 2012 @06:25PM (#42341675)

      I'd recommend going a non-Ubuntu route if you want to try KDE out. Kubuntu's implementation is not without its quirks and you may find that other distros offer a more polished (if not vanilla) KDE 4 experience which is actually quite pleasant.

      • Re:Stable? (Score:5, Informative)

        by bmo (77928) on Wednesday December 19, 2012 @06:46PM (#42341995)

        > Kubuntu's implementation is not without its quirks

        Friends don't let friends install kubuntu-desktop.

        On Ubuntu, install kde-full, or a selection of the other smaller meta-packages, or a combination of individual packages, etc. This also means not starting out with the Kubuntu distro disk, but rather going with vanilla Ubuntu and going from there. Installing kubuntu-desktop is always hit-or-miss, so it's best to just avoid it and go with your own settings imposed over the default instead of someone else's idea of "good settings." Back in the 4.2x days, this was apparent when Kubuntu's KDE was an unmitigated disaster while the Pardus distro had a spectacular setup, demonstrating that yes, someone could build KDE and not screw it up. These screwed up settings are always pulled in by the kubuntu-desktop metapackage.

        I have been using the KDE PPA on Ubuntu 12.04 without installing the kubuntu-desktop metapackage and it works fine.

        --
        BMO

        • by Nerdfest (867930)

          Seconded here. Also make sure you don't accidentally install the tablet stuff. I'm a recent KDE convert after using Gnome and Gnome-shell for five years. It's extremely stable, especially compared to the last couple of Gnome-shell releases. The downside is that more configuration is required to get things just as you like ... the upside is that it's actually possible. The developers don't have the "you'll do things our way and you'll like it" attitude.

          • by dririan (1131339)
            I agree that initial configuration for KDE generally takes a bit more effort than some other DEs (if you want any of the fancy things), but you have to admit that KDE out of the box is far more usable than Unity is no matter what you do to it...
      • by Anonymous Coward

        I'd recommend going a non-Ubuntu route if you want to try KDE out. Kubuntu's implementation is not without its quirks and you may find that other distros offer a more polished (if not vanilla) KDE 4 experience which is actually quite pleasant.

        Mod this up. The best KDE experience is #1 openSUSE or #2 Mageia.

        KDE User since KDE 2.2.0

        • by allo (1728082)

          that was true for kubuntu 6.x or 8.x (dunno), where they patched a lot of stuff like ayatana and so on.
          But since they said "kubuntu is only second priority", kubuntu just ships vanilla KDE. you may want to use kde-full additionally, to get the whole apps, and not only the ones which are selected for the kubuntu-desktop.

        • I used to be a more or less diehard Gnome user from pre-1.0 to 2.x, but deserted when 3.0 came along. KDE is no longer the kluttered, kfugly kthing it used to be, and I've been pretty happy for the last year with KDE (in combination with compiz) on Arch. Currently at 4.9 on this distro, it's as slick as I could ever want.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Try Mint. It was 110% better on my laptop than Ubuntu.

    • by rewarp (1736742)
      I am running KDE 4.9 off the backports PPA on Ubuntu 12.04. I had my reservations, but after two weeks of fiddling with the settings (Praise the Goddess Madoka for the blinding array of options) I have finally attained the desktop interface of my dreams. After the disaster of installing the supposedly stable kubuntu-desktop a year ago, I figured why not go for the latest package instead, and it was in hindsight a much better choice.
    • by ApplePy (2703131)

      And if Debian just worked with my wireless, sound and touchscreen out of the box, I would use it instead. But it doesn't. Ubuntu does.

      I've been running Fedora+KDE happily for several years now. And with the RPM Fusion repos, I've had no unsupported hardware for at least 3 years. I have to turn off compositing on my antique laptop, but that's about it. I've set up dozens of machines with the same.

      Turned an Ubuntu-using friend on to KDE couple weeks ago. Buggy as hell. Pretty sure it's the Ubuntu. But it's okay; he's new to our world. Ubuntu is like training wheels for Linux.

      On another note, I tried Mint to see what the fuss was abou

  • I think KDE (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 19, 2012 @06:12PM (#42341531)

    is the most interesting DE out of the FOSS choices. Enlightenment would be a close second. KDE has everything but the kitchen sink, and it has Kate, a rocking text editor as well as well as K3B, likely the best burning software in FOSS.

    Kudos to KDE!

  • Did anyone else read the title as KDE Software Complication 4.10 RC1?

C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas l'Informatique. -- Bosquet [on seeing the IBM 4341]

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