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  • #16
    Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
    Thumbs up for your selection of music Also congrats to whomever got amarok to fix their damned pause/play buttons. Finally thumbs up for the clean and uncluttered window chrome (much better than 4.3).

    On the other hand boo for the font madness (not your fault)! Biggest offenders the butt-ugly bold text on taskbar buttons and the even uglier text in "Hardware Info". The latter might be salvage-able with light hinting + subpixel AA, but there's nothing that can save the former. Ugh!
    I should point out that I've made many tweaks. It's fairly easy to do it.

    I just got rid of the amarok context panel by joining it with the playlist, therefore making both of then switchable trough a tab bar. And I changed the main toolbar to the simpler one, which in my opinion is light years ahead the default one.

    The fonts are more about Taste and Situation. I use a somewhat old Professional CRT monitor, so I just care about text/image sharpening on the vertical.(Which is applyed by the video driver, and does not appear on the screenshot) The bold text on the Taskbar makes it a million times more readable with the trasparent background. I'm using the Liberation family, and It really works much better for very small fonts (7pt, 8pt) than the standard ones.

    You may see the window background too cold, too bright or not even the slight gradient effect (compressed colors). But that's because your monitor may not be well calibrated.

    But well.. Although there are still many little annoyances with KDE, I can't really complain. It's just shaping up so good and most of the time even better than any Windows version

    Originally posted by yotambien View Post
    There were two things in that screenshot that left me in such a state of shock that I could not actually focus my attention in KDE itself:

    -The rectangular thing with a ton of icons.
    -You listen to Iron Maiden AND Julio Iglesias (!)
    That little rectangular thing is the main thing that makes me don't want to boot Windows.

    And about my music collection... I just happen to listen to anything, providing it sounds decent enough

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    • #17
      Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
      Thumbs up for your selection of music Also congrats to whomever got amarok to fix their damned pause/play buttons.
      Amarok is fully customizable. You can move its parts wherever you want :P

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Adriano ML View Post
        In the end, I think they look good and work great.

        But, for BlackStar pleasure, They are turned off by default on KDE SC 4.4 rc1


        And that's my cool kde 4.4 rc1 desktop:
        What?! Does Steam work on Linux?!

        So, CS, HL2, etc do work?

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        • #19
          Looks like a huge step forward, much better virtual desktop features as well, something I use a lot. I've been anticipating 4.4 for a long time now. I'm extremely interested in how GNOME 3.0 is going to match up to KDE 4.5, finally some real competition between the two again.

          It's an interesting situation between the two. I use KDE myself but give relatives gnome for the simplicity (never having to explain anything is quite the time saver). I wonder how they'd get on with KDE, not quite sure it's there yet for them, might be an interesting experiment with 4.4.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by kraftman View Post
            Amarok is fully customizable. You can move its parts wherever you want :P
            Is it really too much to ask for sensible defaults so that (a) the application fits the rest of the desktop and (b) it is actually usable out of the box without tweaks? (Usable usually entails not wanting to stab your eyes out due to braindead design decisions.)

            I guess this means that the hideous 64px rewind/pause/play overlaid icons are still the default, no? "Hey, look at our application! We have big, overlapping icons, we are so different from the others, look at us!"

            Adriano's Amarok looks fantastic in comparison to the 4.3 default.

            Originally posted by Adriano ML
            The bold text on the Taskbar makes it a million times more readable with the trasparent background.
            Well, that's more of an argument against a white transparent taskbar rather than an argument in favor of bold, stubby fonts.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by sabriah View Post
              What?! Does Steam work on Linux?!

              So, CS, HL2, etc do work?
              They work without any fuss since 2009 with Wine. Up to this date, virtually any Openg GL game works. All games from Valve work. You, of course, shouldn't expect to run crysis (it works, although not very well), but they will get there eventually.

              To run some newer games that eat up a lot of memory, you need to be prepared with at least 2GB of RAM, else, you may hit Swap and the performance will degrade really bad, even more than in Windows. A nVidia video card is highly recommended, as their proprietary video driver works best with wine. You just need to make sure your machine is working fine. It won't work if your specific Video Driver + Kernel has a bug that makes the performance go downhill.

              And you may consider purchasing CrossOver Games, although their GUI is really messed up and they only officially support a few games, if you want the minimum amount of effort possible and maximum performance, you should consider it. And they contribute directly to the Wine project.

              And if, you dig up and get your hands dirty, you can run some problematic games like Worms Armageddon and Age of Empires 2.

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              • #22
                I agree with BlackStar on this one.

                "sensible defaults" should be default.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Apopas View Post
                  Move your asses all of you and go vote for this still missing feature. It rocks
                  definitely ! - very very useful feature

                  it's even a popular bug (New)


                  VOTE NOW

                  go go go

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by kernelOfTruth View Post
                    definitely ! - very very useful feature

                    it's even a popular bug (New)


                    VOTE NOW

                    go go go
                    More, more and even more mores

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Apopas View Post
                      More, more and even more mores
                      It's now fixed (apparently - I'm still compiling!)

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                      • #26
                        Yeah, It is fixed in 4.3 as well, but well hidden so noone notices and spend his system resources

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                        • #27
                          Well, I'm one of those spartan openbox users, for me xcompmgr window shadows is crazy bling But I really have to say that KDE looks mighty fine these days.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
                            Is it really too much to ask for sensible defaults so that (a) the application fits the rest of the desktop and (b) it is actually usable out of the box without tweaks? (Usable usually entails not wanting to stab your eyes out due to braindead design decisions.)

                            I guess this means that the hideous 64px rewind/pause/play overlaid icons are still the default, no? "Hey, look at our application! We have big, overlapping icons, we are so different from the others, look at us!"

                            Adriano's Amarok looks fantastic in comparison to the 4.3 default.
                            Adriano only chose View → thin utilities panel, that's all. It's almost the same as default. It looks better, but I prefer normal view. It's funny you're complaining about such things while Rhythmbox or Banshee look like piece of "trash" and their usability is far from usability of Amarok2 (like KDE is much more usable then Gnome). I don't remember you were complaining about them. Oh, afaik Amarok development is independent to KDE development. I have KDE 4.3 and if I do what Adriano did my Amarok will look the same.

                            Btw. this is what you should tell gnome devs:

                            Is it really too much to ask for sensible defaults so that (a) the application fits the rest of the desktop and (b) it is actually usable out of the box without tweaks? (Usable usually entails not wanting to stab your eyes out due to braindead design decisions.)
                            Default are nightmare there. Thanks to Ubuntu it is "usable".
                            Last edited by kraftman; 01-09-2010, 04:52 AM.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by kraftman View Post
                              Adriano only chose View → thin utilities panel, that's all. It's almost the same as default. It looks better, but I prefer normal view. It's funny you're complaining about such things while Rhythmbox or Banshee look like piece of "trash" and their usability is far from usability of Amarok2 (like KDE is much more usable then Gnome). I don't remember you were complaining about them. Oh, afaik Amarok development is independent to KDE development. I have KDE 4.3 and if I do what Adriano did my Amarok will look the same.

                              Btw. this is what you should tell gnome devs:

                              Default are nightmare there. Thanks to Ubuntu it is "usable".
                              Look, I understand you fancy yourself as a KDE crusader defending the one true religion or something but this thread is about a new KDE release so lets try to keep it on topic, shall we?

                              (Hint: complaining about Gnome applications on a KDE thread is off-topic).

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
                                Look, I understand you fancy yourself as a KDE crusader defending the one true religion or something but this thread is about a new KDE release so lets try to keep it on topic, shall we?
                                I explained how easy is to have such looking Amarok. However, it's probably something hardly imaginable for a gnome troll. It is you who's defending one true religion - how apps must look, what options must be available etc. Gnomish way. I still wonder what's the default Amarok in 4.3?

                                (Hint: complaining about Gnome applications on a KDE thread is off-topic).
                                Last time you had problems when someone talked about Gnome applications in Gnome thread.
                                Last edited by kraftman; 01-09-2010, 06:28 AM.

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