KDE 4.2: First impressions

I have been using KDE 4.2 for a few days now. It’s far too soon to give it a real thumbs-up or thumbs-down, but there are a few things that have already made themselves known.

  1. Plasma – This is a really nice desktop.  The widget set is universal, meaning that the same widgets you can put on your panel, you can park on your desktop, and vice-versa.  It’s very nice.  In fact, you could completely get rid of your panel, if that’s your sort of thing.  Editing the setup is nice and easy as well.
  2. Konqueror – Konqueror is still not ready for prime time.  Too many things didn’t work, or worked unreliably.  I had intended to use it for a few days in place of Firefox, but a few hours was all I could stomach.  It performed crisply and looked nice, however.  I hope the devs keep working hard on it.
  3. Dolphin – I left KDE before Dolphin really got going.  I like it.  There is no “Edit as root” action by default, which I think is a mistake, but it was simple to create a new one.  In fact, I will attach it to this post.  Download rootedit.desktop and place it in your ~/.kde/share/kde4/services/ServiceMenus directory.  A right-click action will appear labeled “Edit as Root,” which will fire up kate to edit the file in question after prompting you for a password.
  4. KRunner – Another one in the “win” column so far.  It has similar uses to the old Katapult launcher, OSX’s Quicksilver, or Gnome-Do.  At first I thought it was just the standard mini-command-line, but it’s more powerful than that.

So far, so good.  I would encourage you to take a look at it.  A live CD or virtual machine would be a great solution if you don’t want to make any big changes to your desktop.

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