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Getting Excited about KDE4 All Over Again

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It started to hit me yesterday as I spent 3.5 hours in this year’s KDE Google Summer of Code mentor’s meeting (thanks again sebr!!). KDE4 just plain rocks, and it feels good to start getting excited about it again. And I don’t just mean KDE 4.0. Don’t get me wrong, KDE4.0 is a nice little release. It’s not perfect and there are some things that are irritating about it and keep me from using it as my main DE. But like Aaron has been saying over and over and over again, KDE4.0 is not KDE4. KDE4.0 is more of a preview of things to come, and what I see coming just plain kicks butt.

I am finally getting excited about our PIM space again, and that feels really, really good. KMail, KOrganizer, KPilot, and the rest of our PIM suite was what drew me to KDE in the 3.x series. (Well, that and quite honestly I find the intentional dumbing-down and lack of configurability of the other large, free DE irritating to the point of exhaustion.) But lately our PIM apps have suffered from lack of care and have started to look seriously unsexy compared with Thunderbird, Sunbird, and even *gasp* Evolution. But KDE4 gives us a chance to remedy that, in my mind, and looking at this year’s Summer of Code projects, I’m hoping we get some really nice improvements done. There’s a few really sweet ones that I’d love to see get accomplished: the Google Contacts/Calendar integration into Akonadi and thusly KDE PIM, the enhanced KMail view, and (nearest and dearest to my heart) getting KPilot fully functional, and rock solid for KDE4.

And going through the SOC-sorting meeting made me realize all over again how fantastic a community it is that we have in KDE. There’s a lot of respect and comaradarie and friendliness that I just don’t see in some other communities. Not to mention the quality of talented people that we have. PIM might have drawn me to KDE, but it’s the people and our awesome community that we have that has kept me. =:)

Anyway, I just had to say that it feels really, really good to be excited about KDE4 again. In my mind, it’s a really unique opportunity to do something fresh and new and fun and exciting again. It’s a chance to learn from past mistakes and do better. It’s a chance to take the fantastic functionality that we have and rethink how our users can best interact with it. It’s a chance to not be bound to the past and to not have to be stuck with the same old presentation layer we have just because we don’t want to make drastic changes to our applications.

As the pretty graphic says, KDE4 is truly a chance to be free. =:)

Author: Jason 'vanRijn' Kasper

My name is Jason 'vanRijn' Kasper. I am the ring leader of the amazing Kasper family. I am unashamedly a Christian Nerd. These are our stories....

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  1. Hi:) .

    I’m the student (or at least one of them :)) ) that applied on the Google Contacts/Calendar Akonadi resources project and wanted to say that, indeed, the KDE PIM suite is indeed one of KDE’s strengths in regard to the application suite that it delivers.

    I believe that having PIM applications behave rock-solid trough online data back-up and thus also making data migration extremely easy is an important step towards fail-safe easy adoption and for the level of commitment needed for the first-time KDE user to really try these tools out and see their potential.

    I hope to see more work in that direction in the future, and make migration to KDE from others DEs and other OSs a mather of just having to input some username and passwords and *bang*, your desktop is setup with all the settings and data you’ll need/gathered thus far, and you’re ready to go.

    I imagine that is a somewhat long-term goal since there are a lot of components/apps that could benefit from that way of working with data, but in the end I’m sure it will be well worth-it, and after all, I believe that’s an inevitable direction we’re now taking even if we don’t quite realizing it yet.

    “Information Wants To Be Free. Information also wants to be expensive.”
    Google is just one service provider, and I hope that in the future we’ll have many more viable options in regard to this because the more we provide, the more we’re given back 🙂 .

    Have a good day,

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