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    Quote Originally Posted by Larian View Post
    We were under PulseAudio in both distros, and the exact same thing which worked under GNOME didn't do squat in KDE. That's a problem, and I'm frankly amazed that the desktop environment was causing it.
    It didn't. There are very few parts in the desktop environment that has anything to do with your audio. Basicly if you have PulseAudio installed then the only thing that matters in that situation is the mixer interface that you are using. Of course there could be bugs in either KMix or Veromix or your distribution might have packaged them badly. Veromix should list all your audio outputs and changing the output is as easy as draggin the application under the ouput you want to use. But then again you could use the same mixer that Gnome or any other desktop environment is using in KDE without any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larian View Post
    KMix and Veromix may be just awesome, but there was no getting it to pipe audio through the HDMI cable. We dug through sound systems for two hours trying and applying settings to no effect. We took the "engineer's solution" route and killed the problem by installing an alternate distro with the GNOME3 environment, where audio just worked out of the box (Mint 13 with KDE to Mint 13 with GNOME, if you care to know). It wasn't an overabundance of settings that caused the problem - KDE simply failed us. We were under PulseAudio in both distros, and the exact same thing which worked under GNOME didn't do squat in KDE. That's a problem, and I'm frankly amazed that the desktop environment was causing it. Two hours of trying to get something as basic as audio piped to the correct port is more than a fair shake, I'd say.
    that is not kde fault per se, for experience with my cambridge speakers in many distros FFMPEG/Pulseaudio/GStreamer combo is a bloody mess (K/ubuntu especially) plus KDE sometimes is just crappy implemented in some distros (K/ubuntu again). so all this togheter became a real mess to fix.

    so when dealing with ubuntu variants is better to recompile your stack from git (ffmpeg/pulseaudio/gstreamer) manually including the kernel and that fix must of the issues or migrate to more KDE friendly distros like opensuse/sabayon/arch/gentoo

    the same is true for KDE per se, somehow KDE in kubuntu is really buggy and is very crashyish but when you switch to sabayon/gentoo/arch/opensuse it rarely fails(at least for me), so it seems that ubuntu variants distro just care about of gnome when they ninja crappy patch/nerf many packages and just leave KDE in the air(kde network manager in kubuntu how much white hair you gived me?)

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    I'm using kde 4.9 beta 2 and it still has the problem that the windowbar plasmoid often has problems shifting the window entries to the left and even displays two entries at the same place. That's not a new problem with the beta. That has been there for a long time and just looks bad.

    Also its applications are pretty slow.
    Just try
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    thunar& dolphin&
    twice so everything is in the cache. I understand that dolphin does more than thunar but it's a file manager! The times I only use it to select and open a file I really feel the delay in contrast to thunar opening almost immediately.

    About the bugs... There are many and for some lesser bugs it seems to be the same as in gnome. They sit in the bugtracker forever and receive no attention at all.

    Consider this bug from 2010 https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=255183 that got re-reported about a year later https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=285434
    It's functionality advertised in Kontact that just never works.

    akregator still segfaults occassionally just sitting idle in the tray, probably while receiving new articles, who knows. For SMBC it receives the entries twice most of the time. It also leaks entries from other feeds into the feed of fefes blog.

    It has countless of these minor bugs that are not really blockers but all in all leave a bad impression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markg85 View Post
    I invite you to go to the KDE forum and post your suggestion to improve System Settings. You can go here http://forum.kde.org/viewforum.php?f...d1a3f1effb66a0 and make a thread or look in a already existing thread to improve system settings like this one: http://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=226&t=101206
    i think there have been proposal both in the workspace vision and in the brainstorm section, but nobody picked them up.
    I guess that it's a boring job and no one is really interested into doing.

    Going back on topic: i've used KDE since 2.0 . I never liked too much Gnome and Unity, but i also have to say that i'm getting less enthusiast about kde because the small bugs which don't get fixed.

    In my opinion they should focus on usability. For example: why do i have to run dolphin to search for a file and i can't do it through a plasmoid in the menu bar (as apple's spotlight)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrch2k8 View Post
    that is not kde fault per se, for experience with my cambridge speakers in many distros FFMPEG/Pulseaudio/GStreamer combo is a bloody mess (K/ubuntu especially) plus KDE sometimes is just crappy implemented in some distros.
    Well, it's that crappy implementation which renders it positively alien and undesirable to someone who's used Gnome since 2006. Yes, I'm biased toward Gnome 2 and I know and realize that I'm biased due to my long experience and familiarity with it. I'll own that one so we can get to the truth. But these problems really are deal breakers for new users (which my friend is.)

    A few distributions have abandoned KDE lately and I think we should ask ourselves why that is the case. I get Canonical wanting to push Unity (Which behaves remarkably like Gnome 3), but what about the others? There has to be a reason for the exodus we're seeing. Is it the bugs? Maybe it's not being able to get the damned thing to behave without spending a couple of days beating your head against a wall due to shoddy implementations? Not sure. But a "poor implementation" is indistinguishable from a broken product, wouldn't you say?

    This is not to say that Gnome isn't equally broken, but I'm used to the Gnome flavor of broken to the point I can't see it anymore unless someone points it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrch2k8 View Post
    the same is true for KDE per se, somehow KDE in kubuntu is really buggy and is very crashyish but when you switch to sabayon/gentoo/arch/opensuse it rarely fails(at least for me), so it seems that ubuntu variants distro just care about of gnome when they ninja crappy patch/nerf many packages and just leave KDE in the air(kde network manager in kubuntu how much white hair you gived me?)
    kde 4.8 on kubuntu 12.04 has probably never ever crashed for me.
    Maybe i'm lucky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeganProvolone View Post
    kde 4.8 on kubuntu 12.04 has probably never ever crashed for me.
    Maybe i'm lucky!
    I've managed to crash a pocket calculator. You're lucky.

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    Money: I predicted years ago that FOSS developers would start drifting away from the platform as FOSS is no longer a playground, it requires substantial efforts and time, i.e. the fun is over, developers want real money to get the really hard work done. FOSS development, which lacks financial backing, shows its fatigue and disillusionment. The FOSS platform after all requires financially motivated developers as underfunded projects start to wane.
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    I think, as peter points out, nowadays applications had become really bloated behind the scenes with no major usability improvements.
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    There are still annoying bugs and regressions in KDE. I love it just as much anyway. The kde-pim suite has had a rough ride, but is shaping up nicely. Last critical regression I have seen there should be gone with 4.9 (autocompletion of address book entries). Of course, support for various groupware protocols have taken it's time, but even that seems to shape up now (will probably need another release cycle for proprietary offerings). On the positive side, there really is too much to cover in a forum post. KDE has everything, and then some. I will continue contributing to KDE.

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