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Thoughts on innovation on the desktop.

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| While surfing around on Teh Intarwebs, I've read complaints from people that
| we're doing something radically new to the user. Some of those users seem to
| have problems with all that "radically new" stuff. Honestly, I don't think
| they have seen anything we *can* do yet. With KDE 4.1, we have pretty much
| implemented functionality that was there, made applications smarter, and
| polished the looks. Almost all of the work on the UI, especially in Plasma
| has been put into recreating functionality from KDE 3.5. What is so radically
| new to it? Having a shallow look, both -- KDE3 and KDE 4.1 have quite a
| similar interface. Panel with tasks in it, an application starter menu, a
| simple clock with a calendar, a virtual desktop switcher and the systray.
| Just
| about everything is in the same place where people using KDE 3 used to find
| it. And in 4.1, you'll have icon groups on your desktop that work just like
| kdesktop's filemanager, only a bit more flexible. Overall nice improvements,
| but certainly nothing radically new as a whole. That's probably as far as it
| can get with re-creating the traditional desktop. Nobody wants to create an
| exact copy of KDE 3 at this point anyway. If we would have wanted that, we
| wouldn't have started this journey that is KDE4.
| Yet nobody wants to take away the traditional desktop from the users. That's
| why KDE 4.1 looks like it is. It's a relatively conservative traditional
| desktop. If you look at the KDE 4.0.4 implementation of openSuse, it's even
| very close to how KDE 3.5 looks like and works. Besides that, you have enough
| choice to run any traditional desktop around, wether that'd be KDE3, GNOME,
| XFCE, or whatever you like. And in August, we'll release KDE 3.5.10 for those
| that prefer 3.5.



KDE 4 Progress: New plasmoids, Akonadi, KRunner and more

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| In spite of fragmentary information about changes, that I’ve published since
| my last insight (like the Amarok 2 visual changelog), I’ve decided after all
| to gather them all in
| one place. Hence, I invite you to the next insight of KDE 4. The revision of
| the day is 811150.


Screencast: Showing Off KDE 4.1

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| KDE 4.1, which is supposed to become the KDE4 version usable by 'normal'
| people, is coming at the end of July. When Ars reviewed the beta release,
| they were positive in that it was moving forward at an "extraordinary pace".
| Despite the positive notions in the news, many seem to have problems actually
| seeing all the new stuff being done in KDE4 - just like how people fail to
| see the massive amount of work put into Vista. KDE developer Rafael Fernandez
| Lopez (I'm sorry for the lack of diacritical marks, an OSNews bug we're
| working on) decided to put together a screencast showing off all the new
| stuff coming in KDE 4.1.

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