Last time I wrote about KDE 4, I said that it wasn’t very usable for me. Recenlty, the much praised upgrade to KDE 4.2 became available via Fedora updates. So I got it and switched to KDE for a couple of days.
What can I say? Quite an improvement indeed. Mostly stable, with only a few issues, which are nicely balanced out by nice desktop effects, overall graphics, and plasmoids. A few things moved around and I had to look for them (such as keyboard shortcuts for switching between desktops), but overall it was a pleasant experience.
Why am I back to Gnome for now? Because of the following:
- couldn’t manage to make KDE 4.2 work properly with two monitors (major issue)
- got a bit annoyed by KDE 4.2 not waking up properly from suspend (not always, but often enough)
- also got annoyed by it not always coming back properly from screensaver mode
- couldn’t find graphical configuration for power managment (my laptop kept suspending when idle for 5 minutes with no power plugged in)
- a few other minor things here and there
I’m sure I’ll be back to KDE very soon. The progress between KDE 4 and KDE 4.2 is huge and if it goes like this, then I won’t have to wait long.