OK, One thing of note… *geek*

…I’ve pretty much switched to KDE now. All the things I need are in KDE, and the apps just work. And by just work, I mean it all integrates with very little effort. The biggest issue was re-setting all the fonts to fit sanely on a laptop. Otherwise, it’s very slick. Down to the “sync my palm to the organizer which also syncs to a web calendar” which gnome doesn’t do very well at all at this moment.

No wonder so many people are ga-ga over KDE.

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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7 Responses to OK, One thing of note… *geek*

  1. detritus says:

    3.2 or 3.3?

  2. fuzz3 says:

    Dumb question from a linux newb.. Just how deep do KDE and gnome integrate with the actual os? I mean, from a basic POV they seem like an overlay, but both allow you to access the same programs. Kinda like a big theme..

    How much of a modern basic (desktop) Linux distro is the interface?

  3. alchemist says:

    …3.3. I’m very, very pleased with it. kmail can’t handle my mail load, but I do better with console anyway.

    And yeah, kmail+kpilot+korganizer kicks evo’s ass. Seriously.

    Although konq got booted for firefox and/or epiphany…

  4. alchemist says:

    KDE has some nice tweaks that let you set up some more system level stuff, but gnome has a lot more options for tools.

    The desktop interface is basically a suite of tools to get stuff done. The can all run the same programs, yeah, but the “desktop” is really defined in terms of integrating those tools together. I was using fluxbox (a lightweight window manager that has no tools) and a lot of tools from both. KDE just integrates all it’s tools into each other better. I could use the same tools with fluxbox, I suppose, but the KDE environment makes it much easier to find and use them.

    As far as how much is the actual interface? Depends on what you do. Admins will say it’s nothing, powerusers everything and the basic desktop user won’t care as long as it all works.

  5. clubjuggler says:

    That’s got to be probably one of the better descriptions of the Linux desktop and how to use it I’ve seen in a a while. You could probably flesh that out into a fairly decent article (in your abundent spare time, eh ;-).

    Also, the kmail+kpilot+korganizer has gotten a lot better with all of the effort put into kontact. I’ve really been wanting to setup a kolab server and see how well they integrate. I’ve even been thinking about having trilug set up kolab (the imap server we have now is nice, but I think that might be even better :-). Have to see how things go…

  6. h_postmortemus says:

    One word.

    Enlightenment.

    I’m sorely disappointed in all the Linux desktop solutions, which just glom off of Windows. I’m all for eyecandy, but opposed to the idea that the interface HAS to look and feel like Windows.

    Intuitive? Yes.
    Duplicate? No.

    I love the combination of using virtual desktops and multiple desktops with Enlightenment. The ability to not only define the appearance of, well, EVERYTHING but also create whole new functions is awesome.

    Sadly, I don’t have time to setup “The Perfect Linux Desktop” at home, so I’m sticking with Win2k. When household finances settle down, i’ll start building Zathros’s new big brother, and look more seriously at adopting Linux for home use.

    Now at work, I’ve got RedHat 8 with Enlightenment… But I’ve been planning to switch over to Debian and download the latest Enlightenment. Should be fun. Or perhaps like being kicked repeatedly in the crotch…

  7. alchemist says:

    I used to like enlightenment. No, I used to love enlightenment. IT’s a very kick ass window manager.

    until it segfaults.

    and segfaults.

    and segfaults.

    Something I do causes problems in e, and eventually it will shit itself – usually at the least opportune moment for me, you know? It wasn’t worth the hassle.

    Now fluxbox ahs been great, and I expect I’ll rotate back to it eventually, using the kde tools instead fo the ximian ones. or maybe all the way back to “a shitload of terms”

    But for now, this is working for me, so no worries. And I’ve been window-less on my home machine now for a few years, so *THAT* is no big thing either.

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