KDE5? Not there yet…

I had been a KDE user for several years. I showed KDE love, and it loved me back. It really did! And being an “update junkie” I couldn’t wait for KDE5 to come out. I was expecting Kubuntu 15.04 like a baby expects its candy…


Of course, I had not forgotten the painful experience of updating to KDE4 back in 2008. It was the time that KDE was being redesigned and switching to QT4. A combination of poor communication, misjudgments and whatever other reasons, lead KDE4 being pushed to the public a bit too soon…

I still remember the slap on my face back then: Crashes,  lack of some important features, poor performance, re-installation, more crashes, trying to keep calm… “Semantic desktop search” eats my cpu and ram, WTF? – tweaking and (monkey) patching things to make ’em work, diving in again… X-server not starting???… More frustration… Installing again. Going through again and trying “that solution I found somewhere on the net…”. NOPE.

Angry

That was when I betrayed KDE for the first time. I went distro-hopping and settled after a while with Crunchbang, which I really loved [RIP] and handcrafted it with a custom kernel and a mixture of Debian Testing and Unstable repos…

But I came back later and KDE4 was ready and beautiful and nice.

And we lived happily ever-after…Till the notification to upgrade to Kubuntu 15.04  came! And my fingers got itchy…

“Patience is a virtue!” – the guarding angel over my shoulder reminded me as I was surfing through early reviews and feeling the Breeze of KDE5.  “Remember the pain KDE caused you back then!”

angel-devil-shoulder

“They cannot have made the same mistake again! It is on Kubuntu’s stable release! It SHOULD be ready! Click install now!!” said the voice coming from my other shoulder – and that was enough! I didn’t even turn around to see who was talking.

“Click”…

Enough with this. KDE once again was not ready for daily use. Several crashes of Plasma interrupting the work-flow, crashes of applications on various situations and heavy resource consumption was a sudden kick in the nuts that you didn’t know when to expect. Additionally, GTK apps like Pidgin and Thunderbird are not “compatible” with the new Panel and – you guessed well – no taskbar icons for them. You close/minimize them to the taskbar and you cannot restore the windows again…

For those of you facing this problem, check out here for a fix.

Nope. KDE5 wasn’t ready yet and the decision to have it as default DE option in Kubuntu 15.04 is at least questionable.

Eventually it was all a good opportunity to upgrade to an SSD and install something that would be usable and just would not brake. And since then, Xubuntu seems to be what I need.

I am not blaming KDE devs for the mess. They work hard and they offer to the FOSS community A LOT. Everyone contributing with a single line of code is a hero. It just makes me question the decision-making processes in the teams of distros like Kubuntu which are supposed to be “ready to work” and are the de facto “noob-friendly” Linux distributions…

Anyway, goodbye KDE5 for now. We’ll meet again one day in the future.

PS: I will write some posts soon showing how I configured my SAMSUNG 850 Evo SSD drive for my Linux setup and how I solved some other minor issues…

 

 

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