Editor’s note: This, as everything we write on The Linux Experiment, is an opinion piece. I fully recognize that some people may be quite happy with having KDE, Harbinger of Doom, in their lives as an every day desktop environment. Who knows? Maybe if KDE had been my first user experience with Linux – back in my early days with Ubuntu – I would have enjoyed it a little more. For now, I love Gnome. I will continue using Gnome until such a time that KDE decides to stop sucking the fattest of donkey penises.
Why [I Personally Dislike KDE] (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Gnome)
My absolute first experience with KDE – about a week and a half ago, for this experience – did not start well. Upon initial boot, I discovered that I had absolutely no sound. Great, I thought! Let’s just un-mute this [particular distribution] and get started.
KDE [random alternative acronym] dealt its first lethal [hit] across my face at this point. Nowhere in the Multimedia settings did I have the ability to switch my default sound device, and no manner of muting / un-muting my audio device could get anything to work. Thanks to Tyler’s initial problems with audio though, I was able to – after twenty minutes of tinkering – get some audio all up in this piece.
That amounts to about all of the success I’ve had with KDE so far. Thanks to another one of Tyler’s posts I was just able to get touchpad clicking working, but check out this full list of things that don’t work in KDE that definitely work (now) in my Gnome desktop environment:
- My volume dial on the side of my laptop
- Screen brightness keys on the keyboard
- Fn+F9 key functionality (mute on my laptop)
- Suspend to Disk
- Touchpad scrolling
- The majority of my font changes (why are menu bars still so huge? They’re not in Gnome for me!)
- My happiness
Among other things, reduced battery life (even with the – and yes I will admit this – awesome application that is PowerDevil) and a ridiculously elongated boot time are not subtracting from my ever-burgeoning list of frustrations.
I know that some of you were maybe hoping for something a little longer than this (that’s what she said!) but I can’t honestly vent all of my frustrations here – I clearly have to save some of it for the podcast on Sunday. Listen closely as you hear me completely nerdgasm over my ability to use Gnome again.