Linux Mint 7 KDE Edition

I decided to refresh my laptop after it recently came back from repairs. While there was nothing wrong with it software wise, I was getting bored and wanted to try something new. Having heard good things about the mint KDE release, I decided to install that instead of my existing Windows + mint Gnome installation. I decided that I had no use of Windows any more as everything that I needed to do was available in Linux. I had it configured just so. I downloaded the KDE release of mint, all 1.1 GB of it and installed it on my laptop. My screen-shot review follows.

Using the system.

My experience with the KDE version was not very nice. I found myself taking longer to do things than what I could manage with my older installation of the gnome version of mint. Also, the clutter is just a real put off. While some people like a really loaded look, I prefer a clean look which can be customized if required. I tried to create a launcher for Google Chrome on the desktop with additional arguments in the command and the icon refused to show up as Google Chrome. Just kept showing a question mark.

While I have read that KDE is more configurable than Gnome, I found nothing to give me that idea. The central control panel is inadequate to say the least. There was no way for me access the Keyrings, which I needed to do to put in the password for my wifi connection. There was no direct way to do it. I had to put in the password on every boot to connect to the wifi. Very irritating.

In my opinion, Gnome is a lot easier to use than KDE. However, I am talking about the Linux mint implementation of Gnome.

4 Responses to “Linux Mint 7 KDE Edition”

  1. September 21, 2009 at 7:52 AM #

    That is a coincidence. I too installed KDE a couple of days back with Debian instead of GNOME, which is what I usually use, just to see what the fuss was all about and frankly I haven't found anything in KDE that'll make me switch to it. The interface is flashier than GNOME but then if I want flashy I'll just use Windows (or OS X). I also noticed that I took longer (than GNOME) to do simple tasks with KDE. I guess KDE 4.x is for the new converts who want all the flashyness while claiming that they're somehow cooler than the other kids because they're using LINUX. GNOME it is for the rest of us then :-)

  2. September 21, 2009 at 12:40 PM #

    I agree. Features I needed to access weren't in the most logical places. Icouldn't find encryption and keyrings after looking for ages.

  3. fred
    October 9, 2009 at 5:11 PM #

    Quite funny, I think that KDE is a lot easier than Gnome, also fun to hack (C++/Qt is superior than C/GTK+). Gnome sometimes put too little options (or you need to use the gconf to change something – which really reminds of Windows). IMHO, from the look and feel, KDE might look like Windows. But from technological perspective, I think Gnome really wants to duplicate a lot of Windows features (e.g: GConf, CORBA, and *cough* Mono). If I want to use MS technology (e.g. .Net), I'll just use Windows :pI'm not a new user btw, I've seen KDE from version 1.x and Gnome also from version 1.x. So your claim that KDE is only for new user is simply not true :p

  4. October 10, 2009 at 10:10 AM #

    You are right since a lot of people do love KDE. But the cleanliness ofGnome is what draws me. KDE always seems to make me work harder to do thegeneral, daily computing, things.

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