I have the latest KDE 4.x as of this morning when updates were pushed out. Over the past few months I've periodically looked at KDE to see if it is a solid product. I've seen many things I do like and many that I just can't stand and even more where I'm in the middle (could give or take on them).
When I started with KDE it was my opinion they were shooting themselves in the foot by delivering something (even in alpha/beta) that was as bad as it was. Yes, with the latest it has seriously improved but honestly I have to wonder in which direction. What I mean is that there are improvements but in many ways there were so many problems that were so visible that should have focused on those. It appears they have not. An example of this is the K menu. When you bring it up there are a ton of missing icons. Really, this is something that we work on day in and day out why would they not put representative icons in place? Another example would be when I download files via FF I tell it to save them to the desktop yet they are not there. Yet another is when I traverse folders many times they have this generic ? icon. What's up with that? If folders have icons and this folder is the same as all the others shouldnt' they all have the same icons?
Another difficulty is in finding my the volumes representing my other drives. I have several drives in this machine and I certainly would love to easily access those with the click of a mouse. It took forever to discover that I could see them in the dolphin file manager under this little tiny icon to the left of the name of the folder I was in. There has to be better more representative way to display the fact that I have more volumes.
I list a few more.
By now they should have put the Up button in Dolphin.
The little + symbol associated with each folder which is supposed to represent "select item" appears to do nothing at all.
The Desktop even though I have 3.25 gigs of RAM and an Athlon X2 6000+ with dual 8800gt 512mb video cards appears very choppy.
System monitor indicates I only have 1.1 gigs of RAM. As I stated above I have 3.25gigs.
System monitor indicates at times that I have X% of CPU usage yet when I have the list set to display all and sorted by CPU utilization it is often wrong. I can total the numbers up and they are always less than the total consumption that system monitors indicates is being used. For instance it was showing 63% CPU usage but when I view the tasks sorted by CPU usage it totaled 13%.
When I grab a window to drag around (Ubuntu 8.10 with latest updates running compiz). When I grab a window it can sit for a couple seconds before responding and when I move the mouse, the window will show a delayed movement and a jump.
The trashcan applet constantly tells me I have 55 items and provides me with the option to empty the trash. The problem is that it never resolves itself to 0 items.
With just 2 desktops if I hold down the button to switch desktops it will spin the desktops at a fast rate and then crash asking me of all things (and I find it laughable) to report that to KDE.
When I indicated that I wanted more than 2 desktops (4 total instead) it wouldn't update. It still only provides 2.
Lots of dialog boxes aren't sized properly and lots of check boxes are so improperly sized that a residual dots from wrap or sizing are displayed too.
There are far too many others to list here. I am just wondering where these guys are in their thought process. Are they aware that it is the visual aspect that we see first and that access to our folders, icons, and files is extremely important?