KDE 4.1: Good enough for ME

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KDE 4.1 is coming! If all goes according to schedule, we should see it released in a day or so. While I have actually been partially using KDE 4 trunk (which was 4.1) since around March or April, I have been going back and forth between KDE 3 and KDE 4 sessions and using a different user for KDE 4 testing. But now I’ve migrated my main user to KDE 4 totally, except for a few KDE 3 apps here and there. I just want to share some of the things I’m loving in KDE 4 in general, and KDE 4.1 in particular. With screenshots, of course!

HUGE Disclaimer: This is not a “KDE 4.x is totally awesome, the perfect desktop, etc.” blog post. KDE 4 is far from over, and I believe that we have an exciting and probably bumpy road ahead. This is just me sharing my personal experiences on what makes KDE 4(.1) enjoyable and usable. YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary).

1. KWin Effects

Yes, despite ongoing problems with NVIDIA drivers (I have a legacy card), I still manage to get KWin working quite comfortably with desktop effects on. Some may call it “useless eye candy”, but there are just some effects that boosts my personal productivity (and isn’t productivity a personal/subjective thing? Tongue):

* Desktop Grid - IMHO much, much better than any cube or three-dimensional shape when it comes to quickly switching to a virtual desktop or moving a window to a virtual desktop.

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