A few weeks ago I wrote a review of Gnome 3 (With stuff I hated and stuff I liked separated). Since the ‘hated’ one was viewed many times more, I decided to write about the good, the bad, and the ugly about KDE 4.6.3 in a single post.
As a hardcore GNOME user, switching over to KDE felt weird. Not in a bad way, but I kept on bumping into things that GNOME did different (Not better, different) and kept missing some of GNOME’s defaults.
- I really like the plasmoids and the desktop itself. I loved the built-in Plasmoid Downloader.
- Everything can be configured to fit your needs. This is a GNOME user’s wet dream.
- The app launcher is separated neatly into categories and sections. I really like this launcher.
- There’s a billion themes I can choose from, and KDE has a built-in Theme Downloader.
- You can actually add buttons to the title bar and customize the themes.
- Alt-F2 launches KRunner which is the best damned thing since the wheel was invented.
- The Notifications and Jobs plasmoid is extremely neat. It pulls all queues like transferring files and alerts into a single button.
- GTK2 apps, like Firefox, look great on KDE.
- K3B works waaaaay better than Brasero Disc Burner. In fact, it always works, unlike Brasero.
- KDE has an awesome amount of screensavers. Gnome has one.
- I can yum remove gnome* safely.
- There’s a semi-hidden option to display preview tooltips on Dolphin. It’s awesome!
- The defaults. I hated a lot of them. (But guess what? They can be changed!)
- One-click opens folders and files. Again, this can be changed, but I hate the default behavior.
- Clicking links on Pidgin sends it to KDE’s queue (To see if the link is an image, to open in gwenview). This makes clicking links take forever.
- I could not figure out how to play music on Amarok. I’m using Rhythmbox instead. (For the record, I loved KDE 3′s Amarok. New one’s weird)
- Krappy Names. It’s not “klever”, its lame. Please drop it.
- KDE’s plasma has died on me several times.
Nautilus used to give me a preview of text files, thumbnails of videos and pictures. Dolphin can’t.
- File-Roller > Ark. I couldn’t move the contents of a .zip or.tarball without uncompressing and recompressing on Ark. File-roller lets me.
- Ctrl H doesn’t display hidden files on Dolphin. Ctrl . does. This can be changed.
- I can’t get the App Launcher to bind to ‘Super’. I had to bind it to ‘Super’-Space instead.
- Sometimes I stare at the screen for a while and just get sad.
- I could not get KDE to recognize a Bluetooth Mouse. I had to go to GNOME 3 to configure it.
- I had KDE freeze completely, where the only cure was to mv .kde .kdeold.
- GNOME 3 apps. They look ugly on KDE. (GNOME 3 apps on GNOME 3 look ugly too)
KDE feels really stable, despite the few bugs I’ve found so far, but for some reason, just doesn’t feel like home. I guess I’ll have to adapt myself to this.