In love with KDE, here!
KDE is still far to bloated, sluggish and unstable to be considered a usable desktop environment. This latest update does nothing to address these flaws. The only sane desktops for power users and those who want to get work done are Xfce, LXDE and Cinnamon. The rest are junk.
KDE has improved remarkably since I've started using it. Great leaps in advancements in software features, greatly improved stability, and performance. As far as performance goes, I think the main areas of concern left are Kwin compositing and RAM usage. I can't wait to see those issues finally resolved. KDE's easily has the most potential among the DE's. If it's few rough edges go away, then maybe we can start geting people to come back to KDE from Gnome.
I actually run Gnome-shell simply because it gets out of my way more than any of the other DEs. Although sometimes a little too far out of my way (like missing chat notifications), but there are fixes for that.
Unfortunately now Gnome-shell has programmed my brain to utilize the super key to launch the dashboard, so when I try to use KDE or any other Linux DE, it slows me down.. :(
Anyone know if there still isn't a way to make KDE use that key as a way to open up the launcher?
Btw, I can't speak for anyone else, but the Quick Access plasma widget is so amazing. I'm so spoiled on it that any time I use any other desktop envirnment, I get really impatient and flustered because I have to go through all of these extra steps to access documents and what not.
Since we have the KDE fan/expert crowd on here:
Does kwin finally have a decent desktop zoom? Exactly like compiz's Enhanced Zoom Desktop plugin? Pre-defined zoom levels accesible via shortcuts, animated and smooth zoom-in and out to any level, and configurable mouse tracking?
Last time I checked (4.8, I guess) all I could find was some 'effect' (?? wtf? it's not a toy or an 'effect', it's an accessibility feature!!) that did zoom but it was the same horrble un-ergonomic half-baked clumsy crap that was in 4.0, nowhere near the compiz plugin.