May 062009

I’ve been using KDE4 alongside with KDE3 for some time now.

Here’s my summary:

  • Eyecandy is pretty but slows down your computer
  • Some features that I’ve been using in KDE3 are missing from KDE4
  • Quite a number of KDE Applications got “dumbed down” in the move to KDE4

Best example for the last point is amarok.
The old amarok had these “intelligent playlists” where you could set up all kind of filters to get an automatic, refilling playlist. Like, you would set up something like “15 random tracks that are from one of the following categories, AND have not been played in the last X days”.

In amarok on KDE4 you can set a filter to “has not been played after (this or that fixed date)”, and you can set a filter to one category, and you have these weird “accuracy” sliders… and it is quite unclear if the two or more filters are linked by “and” or “or”…

Another simple point: In KDE3 you could add a submenu of your applications menu to show up in kicker as a separate “startmenu”… in KDE4 you can’t.

Next one…
on KDE4 the context menu of your desktop doesn’t have a “lock” or “logout” item…

Then there are a few annoyances as well, such as a screensaver password that has to be entered twice even though you’ve set the screensaver not to ask for a password at all…

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