April 29, 2008

A first look at Kubuntu KDE4

While I have tried out KDE in the past, Gnome has always been my everyday working environment. Kubuntu Hardy KDE4 version was an opportunity to test if KDE4 was going to change that.
I installed Kubuntu KDE4 on my Thinkpad. KDE4 does look nice with a Mac like feel. But it felt sometimes like there is too much accent on looks. This is the default desktop with a couple of widgets.

Dolphin looks much better than konqueror as the file browser.

One application that really grabbed my attention was Okular. It looked really nice and was very functional too. The ability to use a highlighter in PDF documents was something I have been looking for. This is one application I might want to install in my Gnome environment too.

At the end of the day, KDE4 still failed to impress. It still looks far too incomplete and is definitely not going to replace Gnome on my desktop in the near future.


Sid said...

If you are a gnome guy, KDE will never impress you. I tried KDE4 (Kubuntu) myself. It has good prospects in future when many apps are ported to KDE4. It still lacks a lot of features as it is very young.

Lautaro said...

For some strange reason I can't login to the ubuntu forums, so I'll just post the PM I wanted to send you here. my email is donmurdoc at gmail

here i go:


I red your post in the thread "literature documents organizer" about your little project, and I am under the following problem:

I've been downloading many pdfs from Jstor. These come with a number for a name, like, 321365406.pdf

now, I'm new at this (meaning: linux, jstor articles, life?), and I've been trying many programs like referencer, and they don't seem to help me. I simply want some kind of algorithm that can rename the files for me.

So I wanted to know if what you're doing could help me, since what I want is simply to be able to rename the files. I don't know if there's any (effective) way to retreive this info from the jstor site using the number from the files.

But if I could just get a program that can read the first page from the pdf (which comes always in the same format), extract the information (autor & title basically) and rename the file, well, I would be very happy.

Do you think you could advise me someway?

ps: I don't know anything about programming, but I guess this is a great chance to start learning