Q: how is plasma different?

R C Mitchell rcm at swimbarrow.co.uk
Tue Dec 16 10:38:41 UTC 2008

On Tuesday 16 December 2008 02:28:52 Nigel Ridley wrote:

> http://techbase.kde.org/Projects/Plasma/FAQ

Wherein one may find:

> What is wrong with the current desktop technology?
> Today's desktops are static. Typically they are tied to a folder in which
> one can find icons (application launchers), or user-placed documents and
> folders. Along with pictures and images as backgrounds, the current desktop
> doesn't go any further, or work for the user. Plasma takes a different
> approach, engaging the user by creating a dynamic and highly customizable
> environment.

Which prompts me to ask:

"Who are you?  And what have you done with the real KDE team?"

As it has clearly been taken over by alien marketing wonks talking marketing 
gibberish and not answering their own question.

I like KDE 3.5 a lot.  It does everything I need it to do, and I don't see any 
pressing need for customising different desktops.  My desktop contains the 
things that I'm working with and when I've finished with them I put them away 
(but maybe that's a woman thing.)

I don't like KDE 4.  I don't like all that black, which is oppressively macho, 
and although I finally worked out how to change my background I can't seem to 
vary the atmosphere very much.  I don't like plasmoids because they clutter 
up my desktop, which it seems to me is what plasma is trying to avoid.  I 
like to see my essential information (time, date, moon phase (= state of the 
tide), local weather with temperature, pressure and (absolutely essential) 
wind speed and direction, tucked away in a small corner where I can see them 
clearly and succinctly at a glance.

It's possible, of course, that I may learn to love KDE 4 and its successors 
given time.  I'm planning to keep trying, out of harm's way on my spare HDD, 
but meanwhile it looks like if I want to progress with Ubuntu then I may have 
to resort to Gnome, which I also dislike although not as much as I do KDE 4 
(An acceptable replacement for Epiphany would be a good start.)

Meanwhile, I'm a reasonable kind of girl and open to persuasion by reasoned 
argument rather than a marketing pitch.  Are any of you man enough to accept 
the challenge?


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