IceWM is my Windows Manager of choice. I mean, I really like it! It's
very fast, loads in seconds, responsive, cool looking, almost zero
footprint and non-instrusive. I'll admit that it is a bit spartian
(though not so much so as BlackBox), but I really don't want more than
Then again, I wouldn't consider myself an average user either. KDE3 was
installed when I upgraded to 7.3, and I've briefly played with it a couple
of times, but I haven't really knuckled down to use it on a regular basis.
Well, I figured I had to be fair. Chances are this is the default Desktop
that most new users are going to be using when they first load Linux, so
I'd better get familiar with it.
Well, I've been using it all day and it's *very* nice. Keep in mind that
I'm kinda spoiled by ice, so I may not be totally objective here. It is
definitely faster than previous versions. And the eye-candy is enough to
give you ocular cavities! Wow!
The killer apps are the myriad configuration helper apps and wizards that
it has. These are going to be what defines the system to a newbie, and may
be the deciding factor in whether they say Linux "sux" or "rox".
Now, I don't exactly have a POS system with CEL1.2GHZ /512MB-PC100/66GB,
so I don't know if the response and performance that I'm experiencing is
indicative of all systems, but then again I do know that Linux uses system
resources much more efficiently than that other OS, so I'm expecting that
even on a system with half these specs KDE3 would perform about the same
which is spectacular.
It is indeed a hog though, especially compared to ice. But it's very nice.
It has a very polished smooth look and solid feel to it, like marble. I
don't know if that would the correct way to convey it, but hopefully you
get my meaning.
KOffice is nicely put together and well integrated. It has come aways
since I last played with it. The uniformity that some people seem to put
an unnecessary priority on is definitely there. I was able to import
semi-complex MS Word files with graphics, tables, columns and formatted
text just fine with hardly any variation form the original except for
choice of fonts of course. KSpread didn't fair as well with the formulaic
expressions in a lengthy budget spreadsheet that I imported, though it did
get most of the formatting correct. Neither can export files to MSOffice
formats though (not necessarily a bad thing IMHO)
I didn't play with the other programs in the suite though othe rthan just
loading them and giving them a quick run through, so I can't give much
more than say they are all very well laid out and put together.
Personally, I still prefer Star/Open Office, but that's not to say that
KOffice is not an excellent suite.
Well, any reservations that I heretofore may have felt about advocating
Linux to any and everyone are now out the Window(s)! KDE3 has defintely
without a doubt made Linux ready for the average user's desktop!
Spread the word (KWord that is ;-)
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