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Well, again, it’s been a little while since my last post. I hope you all enjoyed the podcast that we put out the week before last. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, make sure to do so by going here. We had a lot of interesting discussions regarding the experiment. If you have any comments about the podcast, or there is anything you want to see, you can either leave a comment, or shoot me an email.


After approximately 46.3 attempts at installing openSUSE on my Asus eeePC, it is finally installed. With the help of Jake B. and Windows, we finally managed to get it working. It took only several hours of both of us cursing, and nearly an entire 24 of Stella, but it is working.


I hate KDE more than I hate Differential Equations, and as Jon F. can probably confirm, I really hate Differential Equations. That being said, besides Sasha D, who doesn’t hate Differential Equations?

KDE just makes everything so difficult. With Gnome, most of the applications mesh well with the interface. However, with KDE, I have a hard time even getting some applications to mesh with it at all. Pidgin looks absolutely terrible. The message font doesn’t match up with what my system font is set to, and I did not have this issue with GNOME.

I don’t want any damn widgets… this isn’t a Mac!


Screen-shots to follow… that is if KDE will let me do that.

  1. Zachariah Thomas
    October 17th, 2009 at 01:36 | #1

    This is the fault of GTK+ / GNOME’s side for not making any efforts to integrate well with Qt4/KDE4 .
    All integration work has been forced to KDE’s side as such all they can do is get Qt4 to look like GTK+, because the Qt engine is more advanced UI wise. So the ball is in GTK+/GNOME to improve their UI looks so that Qt’s UI capabilities can be adequately emulated. I think the best way to get GTK apps to blend is a specific engine that has a hacked qt engine inside gtk.

    Other option is use an gtk looking theme in kde. Then use compiz or kde’s kwin with another theme to match the gtk one http://www.kde-look.org/index.php?xcontentmode=75 .

  2. Phil D
    October 17th, 2009 at 11:22 | #2

    Yeah, Zach there has a point. Don’t use GTK programs and expect them to look like native KDE apps. You could give Kopete a try if Pidgin is annoying you that much.

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