For quite some time, I have been watching the progress of KDE 4.2 and wondering when it would be time for me to try it out. Since I use sidux, I wasn’t sure when KDE 4.2 would be going live. sidux is based off Debian Linux and it has been frozen while they were preparing the newest stable version of Debian, called lenny. From the news circulating on the sidux forums, it appears KDE 4.2 is only days away from being included in sidux.
When the news of KDE 4 first started filtering onto the Internet, it seemed the going opinion was very negative. Actually, I understand that somewhat, simply because I have been involved in alpha and beta testing of Opera, my main web browser for years. It seems that every time a new version of Opera is released, there are any number of faithful Opera users who are unhappy with the changes that have been made. There have been some of them that I have been unhappy with myself, but it really boils down to the fact that changes happen in the world of software and we just have to get used to a new and possibly better way of doing things. The same idea applies to KDE 4.
My brother installed KDE 4.2 on his sidux system over the weekend, using an experimental repo, and the reports he has given me make me very excited to try it on my own computer. It has a lot of eyecandy, such as some of the features from Compiz, but he says it is very customizable and no problem at all to use. KDE 4.2 definitely sounds different and the screenshots he has sent me show it to be so. It handles multiple desktops differently than did KDE 3.5 and it includes several desktop widgets or gadgets that will certainly come in handy in my computer work. As with KDE 3.5, it also appears that it will be easy to set up for my wife, which is a major plus.
Since I do not have KDE 4.2 installed yet, while I wait on it to be included in sidux, I can’t really give you a lot of details, but from what I have learned from reading articles and my brother’s first hand experience with the desktop, it sounds exciting. Please stay tuned to my blog because as soon as I have KDE 4.2 installed on my system and am familiar with using it, I plan to write a detailed review. I think we can truly say, the best is yet to come.