KDE.org releases version 4.2

The KDE vs. Gnome debate in the Linux desktop community is long standing, often shrill, and starting to get obnoxious.  I’ve switched back and forth several times, depending on which one seems to be suiting my purposes better at the time.  I think there are good and bad points to both setups, and the fact that there is more than one alternative (as opposed to the more rigid Windows and OSX setups) is a good thing.

It’s pretty easy to switch back and forth in Ubuntu, or even have both running at the same time.  Well, I think it might be time to switch again.  At the very least, I will be installing them side-by-side.

Today, KDE.org announced the release of version 4.2 of their desktop environment.  The core complaint that most detractors have had with KDE is the complexity of the environment.  Since 4.0, KDE has shown they are listening,  The revisions since have steadily made the desktop easier to use and configure for the casual computer owner.  If you like all the fiddly options, they are still there.  I am going to have to try it out – I realized that a lot of the 4+ features are things I have been trying to set up on my Gnome desktop with a combination of Screenlets, Avant, and similar tools.

If you’re curious, but don’t run Linux, you can try out KDE through virtual desktops and Live CDs.  There are even some pre-release KDE apps that are usable in native mode on Windows and OSX.

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