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Windows 7 or KDE 4?

Microsoft's newest operating system may be in beta, but it's already getting a lot of praise for providing a good mix of performance and eye candy. Features like the new taskbar, Aero Shake, and Aero Peek make the operating system both visually attractive and easy to navigate. But you know what? Windows 7 isn't the only operating system with a flashy new desktop interface. The KDE 4 desktop...

With KDE 4.1, KDE4 starts to show its colors

When KDE 4.0 was released that fateful day in January, it unleashed an unholy boatload of controversy. Was it a final release? Was it really a final release? And just because the developers say it is a final release, but that it isn't, it's just numbered as such, and we shouldn't worry if things don't seem finished -- does that mean we shouldn't be concerned if things don't work? We stand by the...

KDE 4.1 beta released, adds more KDE 3.5 apps

The developers behind the open source KDE desktop environment made some major changes when they launched KDE 4.0. While KDE 3.5 had long been described as one of the best Linux desktop environments for users familiar with Windows, KDE 4.0 introduced a whole new look and feel. The start menu was completely redesigned and the desktop environment made heavy use of widgets. And oh yeah, a number of...

Flipping the Linux switch: Control freaks, meet KDE Kiosk

Linux is great to use at home. It can be handy at work. It's a great server operating system. But there's one other place that Linux is really worth its weight in gold: public, or semi-public, computers. There's nothing quite as nerve-wracking as seeing someone on a computer you're responsible for, and wondering what exactly they're up to. Except for maybe seeing someone you're responsible for on...

Download Squad Week in Review

Have you been so busy sending angry letters to Saturday Night Live about their choice of actors to portray Barack Obama that you've fallen behind on your Download Squad reading? Not to worry. Here's a roundup of some of the stories you might have missed this week: Download Squad at Future of Web Apps Download Squad's Grant Robertson hit up the Future of Web Apps 2008 conference in Miami this...

First Kubuntu 8.04 alpha with KDE4 released

Canonical has released a new LiveCD with the first alpha version of Kubuntu 8.04 using KDE 4 as its desktop environment. Kubuntu is identical to Ubuntu in many ways, but instead of using the GNOME desktop environment, Kubuntu uses KDE and its associated application suite. But since KDE 4 is brand spanking new, the Kubuntu team is taking things slowly. Kubuntu 8.04 will come in two varieties....

KDE 4: Beauty only gets you so far

We've been playing with KDE 4 for the past few days. Actually, there was very little playful about it. We're nothing if not honest. We struggled. We even used phrases that would make a sailor blush. We do, now, have a (mostly) working install of KDE 4 on Xubuntu. And we stand by what we said with our first impressions. KDE 4 is fast, and does have the potential to be a powerful and utilitarian...

KDE 4 is available: First impressions

On January 11th, 2008, at roughly 7 am ET, KDE 4 became available for download. Not that we were refreshing our browsers or anything in anticipation. Packages are currently available for Kubuntu (Hardy and Gutsy), Debian (in the experimental branch), Fedora (in the Rawhide repository), and openSuSE. ArkLinux and Mandriva packages will be available soon. We had two main questions. What's new? What...

Flipping the Linux switch: KDE, the K desktop environment

There's one thing for certain: Now is an exciting time to be a KDE user. The much anticipated launch of KDE 4 is slated for January 11th, 2008. This is a major revamp of the look and feel of the KDE desktop, with the inclusion of a built-in compositor (think eye candy) and something called "plasmoids" (little functional widgets embedded into your desktop). It's a lot of new bling aimed at...

Kubuntu 8.04 will include KDE4, no long term support

One of the nice things about the Ubuntu Linux distribution is that it has a regular development schedule. Every six months a new version of the operating system is released. And every two years, Canonical (the corporation behind Ubuntu) puts out a "long term service" release which will be officially supported a bit longer than the typical 18 months. But now it looks like one arm of the Ubuntu...

Use Linux desktop effects without Compiz with KDE4

Sure Windows Vista and Mac OS X have some pretty desktop effects that let you see through transparent windows or preview all open windows at the same time. But while Linux was once known as a utilitarian operating system for people who like staring at terminal windows, we've seen some amazing developments in Linux desktop effects over the last few years with Compiz. While some popular Linux...