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- 04-13-2013 #11
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- 04-13-2013 #12
I've ended up with chakra for now and apart from a couple of (KDE based) niggles, first impressions are very good.
The installer is probably the slickest I have ever seen and is full of nice touches such as showing an image of the selected keyboard layout. It's fast. Really fast. I'm running it on an 8 core I7 laptop on which it boots almost literally in the time it takes to blink; if you blink really slowly. In use it seems to use less resources and feels more responsive than XFCE and I don't know how they did that.
It's pure QT with no GTK programs in the repositories, so no GIMP, Firefox, Thunderbird etc. They do recognise that there some must have GTK apps including the three previously mentioned. They are provided in self contained bundles which are not installed in the traditional way. I don't yet understand exactly what they are or how they are different but they just work.
1. The way KDE insists on popping up a huge preview of windows over the menu if your mouse drifts a single mm into the wrong place.
2. Somehow deleting all my email for one of my accounts from the server when attempting to set up kmail. And then finding out that the hosting provider's backup doesn't include email It was probably my fault but I'm going to blame kmail anyway
3. KDE and it's applications seem to have configuration everywhere which makes it very hard to find things which is how I think number 2 really happened
4. And that awful cashew that the KDE devs will not allow you to remove. Which is odd considering that KDE is supposed to be completely configurable and that as it does nearly nothing it sucks up a disconcerting amount of system resources. I assume that the developer is a delicate little flower that can't handle the rejection; or is compensating for something. Still there are plasmoids that get rid of the damned thing![/edit]
Last edited by elija; 04-13-2013 at 09:12 AM.
- 04-13-2013 #13
- 04-13-2013 #14
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- 04-13-2013 #15
- 04-26-2013 #16
Well, I can't get on with KDE on a daily basis. It's not that bad but I just don't get on with it that well. One great thing is how the Calligra Office suite puts the tool bars on the right hand side which speaking as someone with only wide screens is a great use of real screen estate.
If you don't like Gnome 3 or Unity but do like a DE with plenty of eye candy then check it out. Chakra provides (reputedly) the best out of the box KDE experience although I couldn't possibly comment
- 04-28-2013 #17
- 04-28-2013 #18
A bold statement from a review in a Linux magazine. I've not used enough KDE based distros to know if there is any truth to it
- 04-28-2013 #19
As far as I know.....Sabayon leads in KDE but I've not tried them all. Nor have I tried Chakra.