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What's New in KDE 3.2?

  • March 15, 2004
  • By Kurt Wall

As always, KDE is easy on the eyes. I love the anti-aliased fonts, the more or less consistent user interface, and the ability to share data across applications. The number and quality of applications and utilities that ship with the standard desktop is hard to beat, too, but what has always impressed me is the availability of hundreds of high-quality KDE-ready applications. There seems to be no shortage of applications that are "K-ready," that is, programs that have been adapted (or, just as likely, written from scratch) to fit into the Qt-based KDE application framework.

Konqueror and the KDE Control Center, shown in Figure 2, are two of my favorite KDE programs. For better or worse, I appreciate having a single unified interface for system and desktop configuration, and KDE Control Center does a nice job of it. Konqueror, the file and Web browser, was fast and easy to use. I especially like being able to switch seamlessly between viewing local files, Web, and FTP sites without having to change how I interact with the viewer. I know most people take it for granted these days, but drag-and-drop ain't half bad...

On the warts and misfeatures side, the KHTML library appeared not to loop animated GIFs. The GIF would loop properly in Mozilla and Firefox. As impressed as I was with Konqueror, I didn't care for it crashing when I used the "Find files" functionality on a directory with about a thousand small files. I gave Quanta a fair shot, too, as some friends had recommended it as a Web page editor. While I was editing some PHP files, the editor slowed to a crawl. After some research, I found this was an oft-reported bug that seemed to revolve around parsing source files for display purposes, the developer was aware of it, and was working on a fix.

NOTE: These three bugs are fixed in KDE 3.2.1.


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