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KDE 4: Wow Factor Fully Engaged

Weird Science?

  • February 25, 2008
  • By Kenneth Hess

Plasma, ZUI, Oxygen, Dolphin, Okular, and Phonon are terms that seem more at home in a science experiment than in a Window Manager. But this is one science experiment that didn't go bad.

You're going to love KDE 4. The much-anticipated new version of KDE is finally here and it has arrived with a bang. Fitted with a new desktop shell, application launcher, artwork, and desktop widgets; the first word out of your mouth may very well be wow.

The first thing you'll notice is the refreshing speed at which KDE 4 loads. The components still load individually but the speed at which they load is impressive (less than five seconds in a virtual machine with only 384MB of RAM). Once presented with the fully loaded desktop, the changes are subtle but surprising.

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