Originally Posted by GazL
The fact that KDE4.2 in Slackware 13.0 was pretty much a "It's not quite ready, but we'll make do" release is going to be the main reason people are impatient for the next release. Somehow I suspect that at the moment there are far more people running current than ever before, and purely because of the KDE4 updates. In contrast, anyone using XFCE or Fluxbox are most likely more than happy to sit on 13.0 for as long as it takes.
I don't envy Pat trying to decide when the best time will be. It can't be easy to plan around the rapid rate of change going on with KDE at the moment.
You nailed it. I've even gotten a little tired of unexpected application panel crashes in KDE. It doesn't happen all the time, but there are a few little mines that still get me now and then. Like the clicking on the clock too many times to pull up the calendar or paging through the months. It will eventually take the taskbar down. I don't enable some of the effects either because they cause instability.
You've captured the spirit of how we are all feeling. Please understand... I love KDE and I don't blame Slackware maintainers in the least. It was a tough and gutsy situation for KDE developers and a mammoth undertaking to get it into Slackware in record time. So it is more of a compliment to both teams.
Having said that, I've been using Xfce again and it has improved so much that I'm really quite happy with it. I have also been messing around with Fluxbox. This was fun and I consider the experience a net plus. I should have done that all along.
Nothing is as full featured and has as smooth a work flow as KDE. It is a real dream to use some of the productivity features. KDE is a powerful system with a ton of usability advantages over everything else.
But, I leave my desktops up for weeks at a time. So stability always wins. I like to come back to where I left off. I like to shut my laptop lid and just start using it as soon as I open it again.
I'm loyal. I will patiently wait as long as it takes for Slackware 13.1 to come out. I have all the faith in the world in the maintainers. I know they will do what is right. They never let us down!