SimpleKDE

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements

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SimpleKDE aims to be a lightweight, clean, and user-friendly fork of the KDE desktop environment. KDE is often criticized as being too bloated, and SimpleKDE is meant to be a response to this.

Goals:
* Providing a less bloated, less featured but more usable fork of KDE
* Providing an easier Control Center
* Making speed improvements by dropping unnecessary features
* Optimizing KDE for higher performance
* Being more responsive to patches/improvements coming from the KDE community (kde-look.org)
* Sharing our improvements with KDE community
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14 years ago

The initial release is for preview purposes. It has some known bugs and it does not contain all the purposed features. Current changes over KDE 3.4.1:

* Confusing system messages have been removed in all parts of the desktop environment. Forexample, the term "Administrator" is used instead of "root".
* Multiple Desktops feature has been dropped. (code trimmed)
* Simplifications in the whole UI (user interface)
* Clock applet has been redesigned with simplicity in mind
* Konqueror toolbars have been redesigned with simplicity in mind.
* Some standart sidebar modules and panel applets have been removed for smaller package size and higher performance
* Some KDE dialogs have been modified with simplicity in mind
* Changes in KControl modules in favour of consistency, simplicity and ease of use.

ggabriel

14 years ago

I think a "light" version of KDE is something that is really needed.
However I'm not sure the spirit that seems to be behind this project is the right one.
But, again, I'd certainly see with very good eyes that the KDE project itself would consider a simpler/faster version of KDE along with the full one, aimed at old hardware.
I love KDE, and is my chosen platform, but as a Linux consultant I'm awaiting for the day I could put KDE on those old PCs.
If this project acts as a signal for the community to recognize the need, then (even if only for that), I think it is useful.

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rickvernam

14 years ago

"KDE Improvement" ??!!??

I suppose removing options and things means there are less things for people to get confused on, *maybe* easier for people who do not want/can not learn...but that does not necessarily imply it is a better product, hence not an improvement...just different and perhaps favorable to some people.

I value the functionality provided by these 'unnecessary features' - I probably would not use KDE if were "Simple" (but that's just me). I'm okay with SimpleKDE, but I would like to strongly object to calling it an Improvement - From my POV it most certainly is not.

I am most certainly not discounting or objecting to your product or your goals. Only strongly objecting to calling this an Improvement.

And as a side note, the *nix SuperUser has always been called 'root' for longer than linux has existed. Why mask it with a username that truly does not exist in the system?

[shakes his head in disbelief...]

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14 years ago

The initial release is for preview purposes. It has some known bugs and it does not contain all the purposed features. Current changes over KDE 3.4.1:

* Confusing system messages have been removed in all parts of the desktop environment. Forexample, the term "Administrator" is used instead of "root".
* Multiple Desktops feature has been dropped. (code trimmed)
* Simplifications in the whole UI (user interface)
* Clock applet has been redesigned with simplicity in mind
* Konqueror toolbars have been redesigned with simplicity in mind.
* Some standart sidebar modules and panel applets have been removed for smaller package size and higher performance
* Some KDE dialogs have been modified with simplicity in mind
* Changes in KControl modules in favour of consistency, simplicity and ease of use.

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