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Is KDE 4 supposed to be such a dis-organised pile of shite ???

Posted 12-22-2008 at 10:03 AM by bigjohn

Ok, so over the last weekend, I was doing my regular updates - a habit I picked up when I was using sidux, but it made sense to try and update regularly.

Anyway, I reload the Kubuntu 8.04 sources and it tells me that there's a dist-upgrade available i.e. to 8.10 (whatever they've called it).

Ok thinks me, I might as well, so I fire it up........

It gets all the way through and then says I have to reboot the system - well it had installed a newer kernel version......

Then f*** my boots, it opens up and it seems that Kubuntu 8.10 has KDE 4 as it's interface.

Ok thinks me, well it's been out for a while so it must be Ok by now.

Well it is, sort of. Yes it looks nice and pretty. The new design look is excellent, but then I try to do a few things like I've always done......

Only to find that I either can't do them or the method of these minor customisations is so well hidden as to be impossible.

Again, "Ok thinks me", well I understand that from stuff I've read, it was a major "re-write" of KDE, so someones bound to have written a new "howto" type document so those who've never used linux systems should be able to work out how to do a few things to make their interface a little more personal.

Have they f**k!

So far, the only stuff I can find has been a few suggestions and ideas posted on forums.

do the KDE developers really need a good f*****g kicking to realise that it's ok if you're aiming an application at people who are "up to speed" with the possible ways "they" might be thinking, but when it's as counter intuitive as it is at the moment, then I'd call it "not ready for general employment".

Hell, I mean, where the hell is the facility to reduce the width of the toolbar/dock ? so it's not right the way across the screen, or how in hells name to I move some of the toolbar icons to group them as I normally would ?

By f*****g magic ?

It's just more proof, IMO, that as long as linux application developers don't understand that you need to write nice, easily understood instructions and help guides then linux generally still will have a long way to go.

Yes, and by that I mean make modifying desktop stuff as "idiot level" as windows!

That's one of the reasons why it's quite hard to get windows users to adopt linux, not because you can't do everything under linux that you can with windows, but because it's such a complete f*****g "balls ache" to do things like that.

Lets face it, experienced linux users KNOW, generally how stuff works and might be made to work or be modified, but those like me, who don't give a f**k how something works, and just want it to work are still screwed. Irrespective of how much effort Canonical and other put into their development efforts!

So, again! come on you developer types, I know that you can do it, damn you've worked minor miracles so far, now focus on userf*****gbility!

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