Btw, does anyone like the intrusive sidebar that appears when you hover an icon in KDE? The first time I saw that, I was startled: "wtf is this gray thing doing here, and why is it larger than the icon?"
Also the drag&drop animation, oh the horror! The icon becomes translucent (which is nice) but its text turns into a fugly, non-antialiased mess. (Maybe the compositor can fix that, but I cannot use it for other reasons).
I could go on with the click animation on icons (which causes them to change size, aka "hey, let's add animations everywhere!"), the ugly white text border on desktop icons, the aggressive default theme... There's so much to like in KDE, but damn its screws could use some tightening.
I guess most people can ignore those minor details, but I'm a graphics programmer and my eyes are conditioned to seek out inconsistencies... (oh, my life surely would have been simpler if not for that!)
KDE4 is geared to compisiting. You should enable it because it improves the entire experience by a factor of 10. For example: on insanely high resolutions (think above 1080i) everything scales up, including text.Also the drag&drop animation, oh the horror! The icon becomes translucent (which is nice) but its text turns into a fugly, non-antialiased mess. (Maybe the compositor can fix that, but I cannot use it for other reasons).
PS: You can even let Kicker behave like KDE 3.x
Last edited by V!NCENT; 12-08-2009 at 06:14 PM.
Hi yall & Vincent,
that does surely look xmousey, but I just really, really gotta have my XSNOW. :-D
Load it on XFCE & see what I mean?
NOTHING beats Santa bouncing accross the screen, prezies bouncing & all that wind swept snow, says I.
Desktop Effectz is nice, but with ATI drivers, things turn ugly really fast, when watching video & so I do not use Compiz etc. Still, the ATI devz do make progress, under-resourced as they are.
So, back to Gnome-age, for my Xsnow. :-P
Aha, thanks for the tip! I've got them to play nice now, but it would have helped if the sidebars had any kind of pop-up documentation as to their purpose.Why? Because in standard view everything is a widget, including the icons. Don't like the new way KDE4 works? Right-click your desktop and set it to behave like folder-view. Don't like the sidebars? No shit; they are meant for customising your desktop. Righ-click and ' lock widgets' and it's not comming up again.
WRT composition, I am running inside VirtualBox and even though the compositor would probably run (Compiz works, so kwin should too), the performance tradeoff would be too high. I'll give it a try, but I doubt it will be able to run fast on 512MB memory and virtualized 3d.
Compiz doesn't count because it is not the default Gnome WM.
But I can make my KDE 4.3.3 look exactly like that, it is just that I don't want to have poo on my desktop with a verticle taskbar and switching windows like it was Windows 95...
PS: And that is not the Gnome taskbar, but that Docky thing! The only thing that came from Gnome over there is the fscking file manager! And the widgets are also not from the Gnome DE!