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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.