Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.
I’ve been spending a lot of time in KDE lately, as you might have noticed from the screenshot on the right.
Between andLinux and a fresh installation off the PCLinuxOS disk, it seems to be a more frequent inhabitant of my Inspiron than Openbox. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, I’ve been wanting to try the latest KDEmod, which I believe has the option to use KDE 4.1.
Furthermore, at some point I’m going to install gOS 2.0 (or maybe 3.0, but I understand that one is Gnome-based. … Blech), so I can wrangle with Skype for a little while. I’ve never used Skype so I’m curious what the hubbub is about.
No, I am not going over the edge. I’m just enjoying taking a little side route, since I have the opportunity and I had downloaded the ISOs. And all these little detours make me appreciate my own systems a little more. KDE is fun and a heckuva lot better than Gnome, but I long for a system that doesn’t take a full minute to get started, and something that has a great gob of space at my disposal. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, supposedly.
By the way, PCLinuxOS was a very pleasant experience, for the two short days I had it installed. Everything worked as it should and for a KDE-based distro, it did a good job rounding out all the corners. I had some weird font issues I ascribe to my particular hardware, and some color banding effects that I ascribe to the nv video driver (I never installed the proprietary one), but aside from that it was a nice visit. It was not, for me anyway, the “distro-hopper stopper” though.
One suggestion if you decide to try it: I downloaded the 2007 KDE installation disc, and I don’t know if there’s a way to install from a fresher set of packages. I ended up upgrading the entire system, which meant another 700Mb in downloads before the system was “up to date.” Not a dealbreaker by any means, and it updated itself in a fraction of the time Fedora 9 wanted. But still, for anyone on restricted bandwidth, it might be important to know that.
Next stop is an attempt to break some speed records with Ubuntu, and strictly GTK1.2 applications.