1) Dock. Check.
2) App Drawer and six little squares for the app drawer icon. Check. Check.
3) No minimizing. Check.
4) "Notifications" area. Check.
5) Optimized for single window. Check.
6) Open existing instance rather than new instance of apps. Check.
7) etc. etc. etc.
It shares more UI elements from iOS and Android then it does from the classic desktop, from which it only kept the application panel. They did this on purpose so don't try to rewrite history.
However, Debian (like Slackware, Arch and Gentoo) is a distro where defaults don't matter much, IMHO. I've never met anyone who runs Debian defaults. It gets replaced and configured very soon.
TBH, my KDE is tweaked to hell too. I'm a heavy keyboard user, have no visible panels (all on autohide) and spend much time in the terminal and vim. I've been with KDE since KDE 1.1.2 and RedHat 5.2 I've run a number of window managers over the years: Enlightenment, Window Maker, Afterstep, FVWM, etc. In the end, I always come back to (heavily tweaked) KDE. For me, it's not the panels, or the menu, it's the apps. And if you're running stuff like digikam, amarok, k3b, etc, you're running KDE anyway.
I can be perfectly happy with a different setup too, but I've found that I tend to gravitate towards KDE, because it lets me set things up exactly how I like them.
I mean that every KDE app can open things using any protocol available as a KIOslave. So you can fire up an editor, then from the file open dialog browse straight to your webserver via ftp, and edit file as if it were local, when you save it, it's saved onto the server via FTP. Same with SMB, or any other protocol.When you say "network transparency", do you mean much other than easy ability to browse SMB shares?
You don't have to start gftp, transfer the file over, open it in an editor, save it, then start gftp again to make the transfer. All apps speak FTP natively, for free. That's quite cool.
In Arch Linux its look like gnome shell is installed in around 24.5 % of the computer that has the "pkgstats" package installed. kdebase-plasma is installed in 26.5 % of the computers. xfdesktop has 24.5 %. Openbox 24.5 %, i3-wm 6.5%
Besides the low number for i3 I think the number is as expected. Kde is biggest but it almost even with gnome and xfc.
Last edited by Hamish Wilson; 01-25-2013 at 10:15 PM.
and as it partly topic, according to the stat cinnamon has a installation base at 2.3%. Not completely fair comparison thought as cinnamon only is on AUR
Last edited by Akka; 01-25-2013 at 10:56 PM.