After Jonathan Thomas’ nice overview of KDE 4.2 Beta 1 I decided to give it a go. I’ve been mostly a Gnome guy for the past few years but I’ve been keeping my eye on KDE 4, as many people have. Each time there’s a new release I give it a test drive and while it’s certainly flashy I usually find too many bugs, incomplete implementations, and a lacking usability. That’s certainly to be expected for a platform that large changing as much as it is, but it’s still not great when you’re just trying to get some work done.
So, today I installed Kubuntu 8.10 on a spare partition and upgraded it to to 4.2 Beta 1 and I’m really impressed. KDE 4 is really getting to be functional for me. It’s always looked slick and had that new technology “smell” but with 4.2 I think it’s really getting to where I could use it daily. So well done KDE! Well done to the Kubuntu packaging team!