Archive for May 21st, 2005

I could never use KDE

Honestly, how could I use something like this? (shots from KDE pre-4.0)
It looks like command line but on a desktop: unessaserily complex and elementally-bloated. It just doesn’t inspire me to use it at all.

Don’t get me wrong, I used to use KDE in 1999 and 2000 when KDE was less bloated in terms of UI and when Gnome 1.x sucked even more. But now Gnome 2 gets it right 90% of the time, and KDE is so bloated UI-wise that I really don’t wanna touch it anymore.

No, Gnome is not great either (it’s just better), it lacks lots of things and its worst feature is the fact that it is getting developed REALLY SLOWLY lately (not many exciting things are happening, it seems that Red Hat/Novell engineers don’t spend as much time anymore on its core — KDE moves way faster) and yes, Gnome devs don’t seem to care much about user needs (where’s the integrated bluetooth utils guys? Integrated spotlight? (don’t mention beagle which is not part of the core)). It’s just that seeing the whole thing from far away, Gnome’s practices & strategies just don’t satisfy me as a user anymore, while KDE needs a total visual/usability reconstruction (I find KDE more powerful than Gnome under the hood, it’s just that its implmentation sucks).

In short: I don’t use Linux much anymore because of all this. I am using lots of OSX and XP (both super-stable, work great for me). And I am happy.