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KDE in Foresight

KDE Distro I get asked a couple of times a week what's going on with the Foresight KDE edition, what is the status of KDE 4.x, and when is the KDE edition going to be released. I thought I'd blog so that something exists in Internet-firma that can be referred to and even "Googled".

First the status of KDE 4.1: I have no plans to build KDE 4.1 into Foresight. While a giant leap forward from what KDE 4.0 was, KDE 4.1 is still disappointing. Part of what happens when you rewrite rather than make incremental improvements is that functionality gets left behind, and some core functionality that I feel is essential to making a decent desktop experience for the end user is missing or buggy. Also, two of KDE 4.x's killer apps are less usable in 4.1 than they are in KDE 3.5.9: Amarok 2.0 lacks basic wholesale tag editing, dynamic playlists, and is a very buggy Alpha; and Kmail 4.2, part of Kontact is significantly slower than it's 3.5.x counterpart. Kontact itself doesn't yet feel cohesive when it comes to user interface interactions. There are a few KDE 4 apps that I would prefer over kde 3 though: kopete, konversation, potatoguy and many others show marked improvement.

Even though we won't be shipping KDE 4.1 in Foresight's KDE edition, it will be available to install side by side with 3.5.x in kde.rpath.org@fl:2-kde4.1-devel so long as someone is willing to maintain it.

For the KDE edition, there remain a few cosmetic issues with the theme, but mostly what we're missing is new ISOs on the release label and testing. If you'd like to help, jump in #foresight-kde on Freenode. I'm hoping that I'll be able to free up some time in the next few weeks to get us over the final hump.

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zodman on :

great but kde4 is the fashion now

Jayson Rowe on :

Hi Joseph - I didn't realize that there WAS a KDE edition of Foresight.

I'm no coder, but I'd be more than happy to help this see light of day for sure! Hit me up on Freenode (jayson_r) or via email and I'll do anything I can to help you out.

BTW - is there a way to move to KDE and get rid of GNOME (I hate having them both installed).

Joseph Tate on :

conary migrate group-kde-dist will uninstall gnome and install kde 3.5.9.

Jayson Rowe on :

w00t! Thank you Joseph! I'll do this when I get home to check it out.

I'll also add #foresight-kde to my irssi channels. Is there a "project page" or a "to-do" out on the wiki somewhere for the Foresight KDE project?

Joseph Tate on :

https://issues.foresightlinux.org/browse/KDE has a list of issues. Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to go through and verify that they're still bugs. That's probably a good job for someone new.

Jayson Rowe on :

I'm prolly going to have to sandbox this into a VM - the "migrate" to kde-distro hosed my laptop something awful - had to re-install. Not sure what went wrong.

I'll still help you out, but I'm gonna have to stay on GNOME for now :-)

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