Thomas Abthorpe wrote:
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> On November 2, 2008 08:01:38 pm FBSD1 wrote:
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>> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Chad Perrin
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>> Subject: Re: Is KDE4 usable on FreeBSD?
>> Ok now that you have all let off steam about the off topic of desktop
>> verses ms/windows lets return the meaning of the original poster.
>> I spent this weekend playing with kde4 as root and had problems with it
>> not working.
>> Could not change the displayed time to from 20.00.00 to 8:00PM
>> When I changed the resolution from the default to 800x600 and the refresh
>> rate to 60.0 many of the applications did not auto fit to the new setting
>> and the change would not carry over between logons.
>> Some times the desktop just froze up and had to do alt-ctrl-backspace to
>> force return to command line.
>> When I changed the font type and size to use, the change would not carry
>> over between logons.
>> Could not find a way to remove items from the menu.
>> Some icons would not display at all.
>> Koffice was missing.
>> Not all the application use the new window format which has the option to
>> return to menu that launched it. Only has x out to return to desktop
>> Bottom line is imho kde4 is not stable, is not ready for general use. Needs
>> more development and testing. Should only be contained in the development
>> ports category.
> I submit to the court of pulic opinion that KDE4 *IS* stable on FreeBSD. I
> would encourage you to check out the following resources
> Certainly, if my word is not good enough, the nice folks over at PC-BSD,
> http://www.pcbsd.org, sure have bundled up a nice package based on FreeBSD 7
> and KDE4.
I have used KDE-4 While some of the graphics are much better looking,
I thought it lacked some functionality. These are minor issues but
several of the old (KDE 3.5.X) control panel options were not available
(or I couldn't find them) and figuring out where to set certain options
was not that intuitive for me. I never found a central location for
settings, it seemed that each control (menu, taskbar, etc) had it's own
'right click' sort of settings page.
The small thing that truly bugged me is that I normally only display
programs for the current desktop in the taskbar, but there was a small
control that you could select that would display all windows on all
desktops (I forget its official name). I used it alot to make sure I
didn't forget something running, etc. I couldn't find this taskbar
control in KDE 4.
The other problems I had dealt with thrid-party programs. There is no
(at least as of a few months ago) K3B for KDE-4 and no FreeBSD port of
Ktorrent for KDE-4. I tried the linux port but had lots of problems.
Also, to start you need to give an explicit path, something like
/usr/local/kde-4/bin/startkde in the .xinitrc file. (at least I could
never get anything else to work)
I ultimately changed back to the 3.5.9(?) version from packages. I am
using an intel quad core running amd64 FreeBSD 7.0 Release
Hope this helps.