I'd have to agree on most of your post. KDE is very usable today, though, the 4.11 release has given me some serious compositing issues I never had before. It had a rough start that it didn't really recover from until version 3.5, but unfortunately that bad start got a lot of people to not want to use it again. Personally, I don't see KDE being particularly practical for anything weaker than a mid-range laptop. It's still pretty heavy. Aside from the bloat, KDE's main problem today is it was a little too ambitious from the very beginning, where most KDE-specific programs feel very incomplete. They're getting better but I personally find myself using a lot of GTK alternatives.
Originally Posted by wargames