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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Wed, Sep. 9th, 2009 10:50 am
So y'all are gonna laugh, but I bought a Mac.

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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Thu, Sep. 10th, 2009 07:35 am (UTC)

"Ease of use" is in the eye of the beholder. There are some use cases for which KDE kicks OSX's ass, and there are some cases for which OSX kicks KDE's (and Linux's) ass.

You're already familiar with OSX, so I'll mention a few ways in which I prefer KDE:

I still think KMail is more useful -- and easier to use -- than Mail.app. There are some overriding reasons (better Exchange support :p) why I'm sticking with Mail.app for now, but just in terms of the day-to-day UI, I prefer KMail.

OSX's file manager is pretty close to Dolphin. But Dolphin has better previews (it will preview folder contents for you), and it does a better job of presenting view settings. Settings are all collected together in one place, and it's clearer exactly what you're changing (just this folder? folders that didn't previously have settings? all folders, everywhere?).

Plasma is IMO superior to Dashboard, if only because Plasma widgets can go right on the desktop -- you can have a separate dashboard if you want it, but you don't have to. (The widgets also generally seem more configurable, so it's easier to get them to do what you want.) Plasma also supports more widgets than Dashboard -- it has its own, but it can also run Google Gadgets or Dashboard widgets themselves.

KOrganizer can keep to-do lists, notes, etc. I have yet to figure out how to make that work with iCal (supposedly it does) -- though iCal syncs with Exchange and Google.

Konqueror has ad-blocking support out of the box. Safari doesn't.

KDE does a better Expose than Apple. In KDE's take on Expose, you can start typing the title of a window, and it will select that window for you. You can also see all windows, on all desktops -- Apple limits you to just one desktop.

KDE does multiple desktops better, too. You can configure KDE to switch desktops when your mouse bumps the edge of the screen. You can also use that to drag windows between desktops, and (unlike Apple) when you drag to, say, the desktop to the right, your mouse and the window get positioned on the left of that desktop, so the spatial relationship is maintained. You can also, if you choose, have a different set of widgets on each desktop.

I prefer KDE's Alt+Tab, which is per-window instead of per-application. In OSX, this is implemented as two different shortcuts -- Cmd+Tab switches applications, and Cmd+` switches windows within an application. Also, Cmd+` gives you very little visual feedback (other than the normal titlebar/window color changes) that you've switched windows.

In KDE, you can Alt+click anywhere in a window to move and resize it. You can change the focus policy to better-suit your working style (programmers <3 focus-follows-mouse).

I haven't seriously looked at iPhoto or iTunes, so I can't compare them. (I'm happy with Digikam, so I have no reason to use iPhoto, and as I mentioned in another comment, iTunes doesn't play Ogg or FLAC, so I can't use it.)

Anyway, the point is, you can't talk about "ease of use" before you define what "use" means.

[Edited to fix typo.]

Edited at 2009-09-10 07:38 am (UTC)


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thenewac
thenewac
Alex Cross
Thu, Sep. 10th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)

We have our own preferences. I do like KDE's Konqueror and Plasma, but I'm comfortable using Mail.app and the OSX dashboard. It doesn't bother me.


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