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KDE: part 2 [Dec. 11th, 2001|11:33 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
So, basically, KDE is way damn cool. Functionally and aesthetically, I'm strained to find anything lacking.

So cool! I can browse the Windows Network Neighboorhood and open videos off Chuck's computer without ever mounting anything or knowing shit about smbfs/smbclient, etc (in fact, it uses smbclient, not smbfs (which is linux-specific))

With the AudioCD KIOSlave, Audio CDs appear as directories containing WAV, MP3, or OGG files that you can just drag to your desktop... it'll automatically rip/encode it for you. Oh, and it fetches the CD info from CDDB, of course, so the CD files are all names properly too.

My only wish for KIOSlaves is that they should take one of those user-space filesystem kernel modules (preferrably one that works on unices other than Linux also) and hook it up to the KIOSlave system so non-KDE programs could access the data. For instance: if I setup my video/mpeg MIME Type helper to be a non-KDE application, then I'd have to mount Chuck's Video share before opening it, because the non-KIOSlave-aware app wouldn't take smb:// as a valid POSIX path. There are a few little issues then, but nothing huge or unsolvable.

Mosfet Liquid: so sexy looking. Menus: all fade in like Win2k. Task switcher: if text is too big, it fades out at the end, instead of wasting space conveying nothing with the ellipsis like Windows. Icons: brighten on hover-over. Text: all anti-aliased, everywhere.

KreateCD program... very nice. Klipper clip-board program, very useful. Panel: when you start to move objects, all objects shrink immediately to their minimum size, then stretch again when you're done moving the one object == very very cool.

Control panel: lets me browse hierarchially all my system info, including parsing things transparently like /proc/bus/usb/*... and then it correlates the vendor/product IDs with a database of its and shows my USB hub as coming from "ADI Systems". So so cool. So correct.

Anyway, now I must do Linguistics homework. Bleh.

Must update! Okay, get this. Say I have an Audio CD and I want to put up mp3s on my website for other people to download. Normally I'd rip the CD, rename the tracks, encode as mp3s, then upload.

With KDE, I drag from one folder to the other. The audioslave:// IO slave handles cddb lookup, ripping & encoding, the fish:// IO slave handles all file operations over SSH. Seriously, those 4 steps are combined into 1 logical operation, all with a pretty progress bar and upload speed. I don't even have to copy the files to my local harddisk in the middle.... directly copy from one non-disk to another non-disk. So cool!

Back to homework.

[User Picture]From: revjim
2001-12-12 05:08 am (UTC)
FINE! I'll install it. But if I don't like it, it's YOUR ass.

I haven't tried KDE in... a year, at least.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2001-12-12 05:57 am (UTC)
Bitch, you're a Debian man.

It'll take you 10 seconds to switch back if you don't like it.
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[User Picture]From: revjim
2001-12-12 06:03 am (UTC)
Heh. Yeah, I know.

So... it is installed.

And I am running it now... and I agree, the anti-aliasing is VERY sexy, as is KIO (I am installing kio_fish right now). However... what is up with this Terminal Emulator (Konsole)? Is there something better. This leaves A LOT to be desired.

Are you using Konquerer as your Web Browser as well? It seems to be working pretty well so far... but I haven't tested it a lot.

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[User Picture]From: brad
2001-12-12 08:11 am (UTC)
I haven't used Konqueror to browse much yet but yeah, it seems fine when I do.

What don't you like about Konsole? Initially it was a little annoying, but it's incredibly customizable.
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[User Picture]From: revjim
2001-12-12 08:33 am (UTC)


I guess it is my choice of fonts. I have found something acceptable for now... but I wish there was a way to tell it not to Anti-Alias fonts in Konsole. They would look a lot more "terminal"-ish, I think.

Konquerer is okay. It works. It does the job. But not nearly as nice as "Galeon". And KMail sucks. Period. Especially compared to "Evolution".

KDE also seems "slower" to me on this machine (an Intel based 800Mhz with 128MB of RAM [work machine made by Dell] with RAMBUS ram so I can't upgrade it without spending a fortune).

In general, I don't like the applications available for KDE. The windowing environment, the menus, the panels, the configuration tools, the backend stuff, the sound server, the "look"... all of that is better in KDE. But the applications available for it are not that great. At least, not the ones I have used. "kit" is nothing compared to "gaim". "konquerer" doesn't even come close to "galeon". "konsole" doesn't even touch "multi-gnome-terminal". "noatun" doesn't even lick the netsack of "xmms".

Also... my sound doesn't work. "cpu overload" error messages pop up everywhere. But I am sure that is something related to my hardware or configuration, and not a software flaw at all. I just have to figure it out.
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[User Picture]From: solace
2001-12-12 02:12 pm (UTC)
to fix Konsole's weird font problem, uncheck "use anti-aliased fonts" under the fonts section in the KDE Control panel, log out, and log back in, and it will still be using anti-aliased fonts, and konsole can use them as well, without fucking up how it looks like it did prior :)

don't ask me why this is, but it works, so i don't question it :)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2001-12-12 04:09 pm (UTC)
Use kinkatta, not kit.
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[User Picture]From: revjim
2001-12-12 07:42 am (UTC)
Woah! Wanna see something smart...

Hit ALT-F2 (to bring up the run dialog window)...

Look at the "K" icon in the upper right hand corner. As you watch it, type the name of a command. Say... "kmail" for instance.


Now that is sexy. I gotta figure out where it gets the icons from, cause some applications don't do it... "kmix" for instance.

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[User Picture]From: brad
2001-12-12 08:10 am (UTC)
Kandalf the Tip Dude told me that too, but it doesn't work for me. I suspect my xmodmap is borked. No, I know it's borked... Still trying to get my Alt-Gr to work so I can type umlauts and Euro signs and such.
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[User Picture]From: revjim
2001-12-12 08:34 am (UTC)


ALT-F2 doesn't work... or the icon changing doesn't work?

If ALT-F2 doesn't work, just pick "Run Command" out of the "K" menu and you can still see the trick I was talking about.

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