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KDE4 disaster

From reading the bug it sounds like KDE4 is getting close to being ready to hit the tree, which is awesome. Foolishly, I decided to try it early from the overlay last night. It was a total disaster. Things were crashing left and right, panels would resize themselves to be fullscreen (with hilarious results), half of my apps didn't work at all. I found three or four ways to bring down the entire X server. It took me many hours to get KDE3 running again. This is totally to be expected from installing masked packages as I did, so it's my own dumb fault, it was amusing and I wanted to get a taste.

I'm afraid it's going to be inevitably difficult or impossible to migrate cleanly from KDE3 to KDE4. I had the same problem in Kubuntu when I tried a while back. KDE is so huge and so many things link to it or interact with it that it's going to take a year to track down and remove all the cruft after the switch.

I couldn't even import my old KDE3 color schemes or Konsole color schemes into KDE4, which was surprising. QtCurve was un-configurable, dekorator didn't work, and so on. I didn't get far enough to figure out if my preferred icon themes work or not. I didn't realize they broke backwards compatibility to that large an extent, but I maybe it's to be expected.

There were other problems that were seemingly due to the lingering immaturity of KDE4. I can see all the pieces there which are going to allow people to do really neat stuff eventually. In the meantime KDE4 feels horrible.

KDE4 fonts look nice though.

October 05, 2008 @ 6:49 AM PDT
Cateogory: Linux
Tags: KDE, Themes, Gentoo

2 Comments

Stargazer
Quoth Stargazer on October 13, 2008 @ 8:11 PM PDT

I have to admit, that I'm already (ab)using KDE4 - for testing btrfs stability. Regarding the current bugs in it, I can't think of any productive use yet.

Hope KDE3 will be maintained for some time now.

Brian
Quoth Brian on October 15, 2008 @ 3:29 AM PDT

Yes, let's hope. I'm going to hate to give up KDE 3.5. It's a great piece of work.