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I haven't used KDE SC 4 on a regular basis, since kde 4.6, I have installed them, just spend a few hours with them, and usually go back to gnome or xfce shortly after.

 

I install 4.8 this morning, and have yet to leave it, I'm liking it a fair bit, Its much faster than I remember, and has a cleaner look to it.

 

Is it just me wanting to see the "great improvements" a point release has to offer, or is it really that much of improvement?

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http://kde.org/announcements/4.8/

Seems like a few good changes, may give it a shot.
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http://kde.org/announcements/4.8/
Seems like a few good changes, may give it a shot.


Yeah I've read several articles that have spoken of the many changes and improvements of 4.8, but as a casual user of KDE anymore, I might not see the improvments as clearly, that is what I'm more after, a long time KDE user saying "yeah lots of improvements" :)

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Well, I installed it on my test drive and it seems to run a little faster. Start-up didn't take nearly as long as before, and the effects in the menu's seem to be a lot smoother than what I remember. Still not my cup of tea, but seems to be a decent update.

But again, I'm also not a normal KDE user, so maybe my memories just off, lol.
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Well, I installed it on my test drive and it seems to run a little faster. Start-up didn't take nearly as long as before, and the effects in the menu's seem to be a lot smoother than what I remember. Still not my cup of tea, but seems to be a decent update.
But again, I'm also not a normal KDE user, so maybe my memories just off, lol.


yeah i'm currently messing about with the different app launchers :), so far i like the takeoff and lancelot launcher better than kickoff.

 

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Well I'm still with 4.7 but I'm not sure I'll appreciate the changes. I hope they continue the trend of improvements but I fear they're trying to fix too much. That said if it's as big of a difference that going from 4.4 to 4.7 is then I welcome it. I can't believe I ever thought 4.4 was "good" compared to 4.7 (I ran 10.04 again a week ago before getting back to 11.10). Even though 4.7 is as resource hungry as ever(uses slightly less RAM than windows)...at least it stays fast which I don't recall 4.5 and 4.6 doing after a couple days.

PS: They left Krunner alone right? I use that more than a silly taskbar/panel/launcher.
     
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I'd say it's a good update. Transitions are smoother, Dolphin has improved (but is a bit glitchy now), and it feels overall more polished.
Edited by Rocket Lawnchair - 1/30/12 at 2:19pm
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Yeah, had KDE4.8 on Arch, it ran a bit faster than 4.7, which that ran quite a bit faster (for me) than 4.6. Currently, though,unbelievably, I am on Ubuntu trying Unity. And by God, it's a lot better than GNOME 3 in my opinion. It's interesting being back to a Debian OS (from using Arch for the longest and FreeBSD lately).
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Yeah, had KDE4.8 on Arch, it ran a bit faster than 4.7, which that ran quite a bit faster (for me) than 4.6. Currently, though,unbelievably, I am on Ubuntu trying Unity. And by God, it's a lot better than GNOME 3 in my opinion. It's interesting being back to a Debian OS (from using Arch for the longest and FreeBSD lately).



The biggest drawback for Unity to me has been the multi-monitor support. The dash menu, the dock, global menu, all those things actually did not bother me, and I rather liked them to be honest. It was the little things tho that annoyed me, Like being in a full screen video in say vlc or smplayer, and went to go work on the second monitor, the global menu/dock would over lay onto the video or it would knock the video out of full screen. Or how some programs when minimized would just disappaer they wouldn't be in the dock or the system tray.

 

I was like most when Gnome 3 came out, just thought it was stupid and wished they hadn't gone down that route, but I also have a rule, to actual use something for awhile, before passing judgement on it, something I had not done with gnome 3. My experience with it in 11.04 ubuntu wasn't all that great, but even the gnome team who built it said they hadn't done that great of a job. So i waited till 11.10 and other distro's started to role out with it as their default, and was pleasantly pleased with it, to the point I've come to appreciate it more than I do KDE or Xfce.

 

As for KDE 4.8, I'm enjoying it too. Not sure if I will keep it as main desktop yet, as kwin still has that problem with gtk stuff (especially gtk3 stuff) and theming. I thought I had discovered a minor but funny bug the other night in dolphin. I downloaded a lot of php files form one of my clients server to work on them, and I happened to have dolphin opened in the folder I was downloading them too, and the files were "dancing", they shifted up, twirled around, shifted down. I then realized thats how dolphin "refreshed" the view. That was actually one of my biggest problems with dolphin in the past, wasn't it didn't refresh when new files were added to the current view, now it does, and they dance :).

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The biggest drawback for Unity to me has been the multi-monitor support. The dash menu, the dock, global menu, all those things actually did not bother me, and I rather liked them to be honest. It was the little things tho that annoyed me, Like being in a full screen video in say vlc or smplayer, and went to go work on the second monitor, the global menu/dock would over lay onto the video or it would knock the video out of full screen. Or how some programs when minimized would just disappaer they wouldn't be in the dock or the system tray.

I was like most when Gnome 3 came out, just thought it was stupid and wished they hadn't gone down that route, but I also have a rule, to actual use something for awhile, before passing judgement on it, something I had not done with gnome 3. My experience with it in 11.04 ubuntu wasn't all that great, but even the gnome team who built it said they hadn't done that great of a job. So i waited till 11.10 and other distro's started to role out with it as their default, and was pleasantly pleased with it, to the point I've come to appreciate it more than I do KDE or Xfce.

As for KDE 4.8, I'm enjoying it too. Not sure if I will keep it as main desktop yet, as kwin still has that problem with gtk stuff (especially gtk3 stuff) and theming. I thought I had discovered a minor but funny bug the other night in dolphin. I downloaded a lot of php files form one of my clients server to work on them, and I happened to have dolphin opened in the folder I was downloading them too, and the files were "dancing", they shifted up, twirled around, shifted down. I then realized thats how dolphin "refreshed" the view. That was actually one of my biggest problems with dolphin in the past, wasn't it didn't refresh when new files were added to the current view, now it does, and they dance smile.gif.

I actually forced myself to use GNOME 3. Couldn't do it. I just do not like how it handles windows. Among other niggles. Yeah, with old Dolphin, I had to keep hitting F5...a lot lol. I dunno, I am a DE whore, so I have a bunch and I switch back and forth as I please LOL. But right now, I kinda like the dock. And it works okay with both of my monitors, though I don't like the fact the top bar is mirrored across, it would be nice if it was just blank or something. I'll have to test it more though.
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