Is Fedora's KDE Spin Too Bloated?
Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 9 September 2017 at 03:33 PM EDT. 66 Comments
This weekend on the Fedora mailing list a debate has begun over whether Fedora's KDE desktop spin is too bloated and what could be done about it.

As most longtime Linux users know, Fedora is mostly centered around the GNOME Shell desktop with its Fedora Workstation, but it does have a vibrant community of maintainers keeping the Fedora KDE spin among other desktop spins active.

Initiated this weekend on the Fedora development list is a debate about A less "bloated" KDE spin.

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There aren't too many comments so far, but among them have been calling for the removal of some packages from the stock Fedora KDE Images. There's also been some comments that Fedora's Akonadi package should rely upon SQLite and perhaps using KDE Falkon (formerly Qupzilla) as the default web browser, among other possible changes.

This isn't the first time we've heard complaints about Fedora KDE, even just a few releases ago it being considered the worst spin they spun.

So we'll punt the question off into our forums for some weekend discussions... What do you think of Fedora KDE? Is it too bloated?
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