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fwells writes: I have to confess that I've been a loyal KDE user and fan from day one. I've always felt that it was the more complete and integrated of the many Linux desktop environments and generally the most familiar to the broader user base. Thus having the most potential to win over new Linux converts. For whatever reason, that clearly hasn't happened. Nonetheless, lately I'm really starting to feel that KDE has become rather stale and stagnant. While the underling KDE technologies may (?or may not?) be advancing, as a user I just don't feel it the way I once did., once a fairly vibrant and active contributory site, has become a virtual ghost town. Perhaps the same might be said for its counterpart, which I honestly don't know since, as a KDE user, I rarely have the need visit GNOME anything. Perhaps that will change.

Various core KDE components and features are quite broken and have been so for some time. One simple and frustrating example is Recent Items (aka Application Launcher History), which works only on occasion with no clear rhyme or reason as to why. KDEPIM/KMail frankly seems targeted specifically at the poweruser, maintaining over many years its rather plain and arguably retro interface. The Konqueror web browser has been a virtual carcus for several years, yet it mysteriously remains an integral component. I honestly wonder if even a single KDE user uses it over any of the other popular browsers. The KDE theming engine seems disjoint and rather non-intuitive. The default Application Launcher and Task Manager widgets are also starting to feel quite old and stale as well.

Now, having said all that, I confess that I continue to use KDE exclusively and have no major functional issues with it. It does serve my needs from a practical perspective. But I can't help but feel like I do when I'm cruising accross town in my 12 year old Chevy truck, feature rich for its time, which I keep for similarly practical reasons. Solid and reliable, but definitely starting to fade and certainly lacking some modern creature comforts.

I do recognize that Desktop development has largely been sidelined by the more sexy and lucrative mobile platform development. However, the Desktop is certainly here to stay for the foreseeable future and users really are paying attention to its evolution — as seemingly evidenced by the gleeful adoption of Windows 10, which arguably has quite an impressively polished user interface (finally). And I say that as a religiously staunch and loyal opponent to virtualy anything coming out of Redmond (rationality notwithstanding).

I've thought for many years that what the Linux desktop (and for that matter open source in general) fundamentally lacks is basic curb appeal. Developers must be willing to accept that the larger user community actually does prefer form over function and then develop accordingly. We're drawn to what looks and smells good. Substance is secondary as unfortunate as that may seem. Ignoring this, however technically principled, I feel has innevitably led to the questionable demise I'm rasing here.

So, back to my opening question... Is KDE Dying? Has innovation and development evaporated in a development world dominated by the mobile device? And, if so, can it be reinvogorated? Will the pendulum ever swing back? Can it? Should it?

Comment Re:90% of time not 90% of vehicles (Score 1) 990

Considering what you save in fuel and maintenance EV's don't really cost more than comparable ICE's

I've had my ICE car for 4 years and not paid a cent for maintenance if you discount the fact that "free" maintenance was included in the purchase price. I've spent about $3000 in fuel in that time. The car is a paid for 2012 Passat V6, although I sort of wish I'd gotten the TDI.

Comment Re:Not shocked at all (Score 1) 990

They may be in different market categories, but they solve precisely the same transportation problem, are of similar interior space and load capacity, and so on. I tried a few variations with lesser vehicles, and got trip times exceeding 17 hours with most of them. The S 90D w/ 19" rims (not sure precisely where that stands in the Tesla lineup) was the shortest trip duration; even the S70 was substantially longer. I didn't root cause the reason for the extended trip times. I care less why, and more that the wasted time exists for the scenario given.

My uses for a car are infrequent trips to places nearby (Dr, dentist, etc) and long road trips, sprinkled with more 3 minute commutes than I should have since it's easily close enough to walk every day. I could, rationally, sell the car and just Uber when I need to make an infrequent errand, but the car is paid for and I like having it in the garage. I do drive the long drive once in a while, too.

Comment Re:Recheck my math (Score 1) 990

I don't know what his drive is, but I checked with a slightly shortened version of MY drive (I didn't use actual addresses, I just used cities) and using a Tesla S 90D w/ 19" rims (the best numbers I observed in 5-6 tries) the prediction was to turn an 11 hour drive into a 15 hour drive. At some indeterminate point in the future it's likely that I could replicate the drive of a $12,000 gasoline car with a $90,000 electric, but not today, and no one really knows when. Also, $78,000 ....

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