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Month: September 2018

Re: [users] Re: [users] In defense of TDE (or any mature software for that matter)

From: J Leslie Turriff <jlturriff@...>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:33:12 -0500
On 2018-09-22 18:14:19 deloptes wrote:
> J Leslie Turriff wrote:
> > Too true. �The worst part of it isn't the "change merely for the sake of
> > change," but the lack of recognition that the "non-enthusiast" user wants
> > or needs certain features (in a desktop environment, at least), like
> > clearly distinguishable icons, or straightforward configuration tools,
> > because, while necessary, these are not the primary reason for using the
> > software, but merely a means for making it user-friendly so that they can
> > get their work done. �We saw when KDE3 was abandoned that the developers
> > had apparently lost sight of the purpose of KDE as a usability tool and
> > had moved to providing 'eye-candy' and 'gee-whiz' features while making
> > configurability more difficult. �That wouldn't have been so bad if they
> > had left some of the old components, like Hicolor-Classic icons, in their
> > "improved" desktop instead of throwing them away.
> I would add here doing this with lack of stability and enforcing it to the
> end user.
> While I like debugging, supporting the community or communities and
> contributing, I need most of all stability - when I turn on the computer I
> expect the GUI to behave the same way as it behaved the moment when I
> stopped it. This was the biggest draw back - neither Gnome nor KDE > v3
> offer such stability as KDE3 (now TDE) does.
> Imagine I want to check mails and the mail client suddenly does not work or
> some feature of it does not behave the same, because ... whatever in the
> background failed to do so. Another example is this indexing that was
> starting automatically whenever you log in KDE4 and rendering the desktop
> useless. It is just pathethic!

	Looking back, I realize that wonderful automatic indexing feature was 
probably the thing that drove me away from KDE4; and KDE users are still 
complaining about it, and the developers still refuse to provide an Off 
switch for it. :-(  (I must confess that I subscribe to the KDE4 and Plasma 
lists just so I can watch the on-going train wreck.) :-)