KDE, XFCE et al.

I’ve been using KDE since my final migration to Linux operating system in 2005. It used to be useful, although ugly looking environment in its first versions.

KDE version 3 set the standard and KDE version 4 has improved over it. But including inclusion of the Plasma desktop instead of experimental SuperKaramba used previously has demonstrated itself as two-edged sword. Although nice and potentially likely highly useful, Plasma has been plagued by many problems. Crashes used to be frequent in the first versions of KDE 4 and rarely they still happen. Overall feeling from KDE is that it is not integrated well enough. Every program uses its own notifications, there are many different ways how a user is informed about an event etc. KDE also feels sometimes rather unresponsive or heavy.

I have rXFCE Logoecently tried using XFCE on a new desktop computer and it immediately felt lighter, faster and moreover, much better integrated. Everything seems to be well integrated in XFCE, icons, tooltips, pop-ups, notifications. Everything feels smooth and seamless.

KDE is now a giant slowly falling down under its own weight. I am really expecting what will the new version of KDE (number 5) bring.

Why I don’t mention Gnome? Because it’s way outdated, that’s why. And no, based on what I have seen, the Unity is not the right path to take either.

  • homebaze

    First of all, Unity is not the future of Gnome, it’s the future of Ubuntu, Gnome will have Gnome3 and Gnome-shell/Mutter, where Unity is just a solely work of Canonical (http://goo.gl/3cmiB). Secondly, I very much doubt, that KDE will fall “down under its own weight”, because it is improving constantly (nearly every month is an update/upgrade and it improves its stability), as far as I know, the version five is not even in discussion (http://goo.gl/0x8QS), as we are expecting Vers.4.6 in 01/2011. In my point of view, XFCE is improving very slowly, it was even proven, that it is not as light as it claims (http://goo.gl/iN4Ci), but to be fair, still lighter than KDE, but miles away of other light desktops like LXDE or Enlightment. KDE is still finding its way, as far as “unified notifications” concerns, because they have changed their internal notification system, but it is improving steadily and quickly. I admit, I have sometimes problems with KDE, but I feel personaly, that those problems will be ironed out and that this DE is still the leader and pace setter for others (including Win) ;)