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Comment You can't make us use them... (Score 1) 68

...but we (more often than not) can't uninstall them without rooting our phones.
I'm tired of this crap. The user has less and less control over their devices. Mobiles OS don't let the user be root and now Ms is forcing their services and spying on users with Windows 10. I want to be in control of my devices but won't (officially) let me no matter the money I'm willing to pay

Comment Re:The "gleeful adoption" of Windows 10? (Score 2) 505

In the original submission the author says Windows 10 is finally a good UI. If he thinks that I don't really KDE to ever become a good UI :).
Anyway, KDE 5 has gone to some extent in the direction of Win 10 so I'm not sure why he doesn't like it.
Maybe I'm too old but I just can't understand why people think flat, with few colors, touch-oriented UIs are good for a desktop

Comment Re:How to advocate for desktop dev in a phone worl (Score 1) 505

The only walk back Microsoft did with Windows 10 was removing the full screen start "screen" for a start "menu". The rest of it is the same or more touch-ish than Win 8 and that's good if you use a touchscreen for desktop users not so much.
Of course it "works" but I find a classic interface (a la Win 7) much more suitable for keyb+mouse usage. Did it cost them so much to make a Win 7 UI an option?.

Submission + - Is KDE Dying? 2

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.

KDE-Look.org, once a fairly vibrant and active contributory site, has become a virtual ghost town. Perhaps the same might be said for its GNOME-look.org 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:Windows As A Service? (Score 1) 150

As much as I like ReactOS it's still very far from being a viable replacement for Windows. Still lots of software doesn't work, not stable enough, many features missing...
They're really doing a great job given the few programmers they have but something the size of Windows needs hundreds of people working on it

Comment Re:wtf are they thinking? (Score 1) 114

It's a good time to be a PC player but I'm afraid of Microsoft. It's likely they will push developers to develop for UWP and try to get the games to be exclusive to Xbox and Windows 10 . They might also force the developers to sell games only through the Windows Store.
Also it seems Valve's not really pushing Linux gaming much.

Comment It's a trojan horse (Score 1) 503

Well, that's not completely true since there are many bad things about it that they're not even trying to hide:
  • It gathers tons of data about you
  • It tries to push lots of Windows services and software (Cortana, Bing, Windows Login, Windows Store)
  • It has a crappy, designed-for-touch UI
  • Upgrades are mandatory

The most important is the last point: Since upgrades are not optional they can slowly update Windows to make it more closed, to push their services even more intensely to show even more ads. To sum up, they can do whatever they want to your PC

Comment Re:MS_Spyware (Score 1) 503

I'd mod you up but I've already commented. This, exactly this. The previous versions you paid for them but they were just an OS: They managed your hardware and stayed out of the way. Not you've got tons of data gathering and lots of publicity of Ms services and programs (and of others). They've just turned Windows into Android and I hate it.

Comment Re: Same As Before (Score 1) 503

. At least Microsoft was smart enough to realize it was a mistake.

Not really. They did backtrack with the start screen by going back to a sort of start menu but...they've changed parts of the UI to a mobile like interface: Many of the default apps like Photos, Music. Half of the settings are now in the mobile-like Settings app and there's talk of completely removing the Control Panel and moving all settings to the app.
So no, they haven't really go back and in fact they're moving the UI to a touch/mobile style

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