Going cold turkey on KDE…

Those of you who know me in real life will probably know that I’ve been a KDE user since I started using Linux, back in the days of Mandrake (now Mandriva) 6.1. Wikipedia says that was 1999. Wow. Nearly ten years of Linux geekery… I feel old.

Since then I’ve used Slackware from about 2002 to 2004, then Fedora from ’04 to the back end of ’07. A very nice bloke by the name of Anthony Fielding then showed me the True Light of Ubuntu, and I adopted Kubuntu 7.10 on my desktop box. The one constant through all this was KDE.

Not anymore.

KDE4 is, in my opinion, a total joke. While I realise it’s still under heavy development, its default installation looks far too much like Windows Vista. The default taskbar colour scheme is awful (and KDE Control Centre won’t let you change it, at least not in 4.0 and not easily), and the speed on my Eee 1000H has gone from “reasonable” to “I could make a cup of tea before that finishes!”

I’ve been stubbornly sticking to Kubuntu 8.04.1 LTS (seeing as that’s the last KDE3 release) and lamenting the relative lack of updates to the Intel graphics drivers (which apparently fix a nasty bug that causes the VGA-out to cut out after an hour on 1000Hes, necessitating the use of the internal LCD or a reboot)… This evening I installed Ubuntu 8.10 on an 8GB Cruzer Titanium pendrive (which, incidentally looks awful by comparison to the earlier 2GB Titanium — Sandisk, what are you doing?) and spent a few minutes playing with Gnome.

I’m in love.

Again.

But even though I’m ditching KDE, I’m keeping Amarok. And maybe Kaffeine… Somehow Rhythmbox doesn’t quite suit the way I listen to music, and as for Kaffeine.. well, it’s just about the only Linux video player I can find that handles DVB correctly (as in: gives me a channel list instead of asking for frequencies, QAM constellation types and symbol rates).