Fedora 9 / KDE 4 review Comments

Fedora 9 (Sulphur) with default installation, starts you with the Gnome Desktop Environment, but all of us here at InaTux personally prefer KDE. So, we went through the installation process once more, and we saw a "Customize further" option which by default was set for "Customize later" we than changed it to "Customize now" which gave us the option of uninstalling Gnome and installing KDE, along with a bundle of useful programs; we almost installed them all.

When we first started Fedora 9 with now KDE 4 after re-installation, it looked much like a styleless Windows 98, which didn't sit well with us, but we had this same problem with KDE 3.5 on Fedora 8 as well, so we knew it was probably just the "kdegraphics" update wasn't installed, and just as we thought running the "Software Updater" fixed this problem. Fedora 9 includes Firefox 3.0b5, but can easily update to Firefox 3.0 final. On board video and sound worked out of the box, with no problems, and no extra configurations needed, and performed very fast and stable.

Full Screenshot

After all that was taken care of, we started quickly noticing the glitches previous KDE versions didn't have, especially KDE 3.5.x. The biggest of all was the bottom screen panel, which was two if not three times the size in height --we know this was probably intended for use with higher resolution-- but when we tried to resize it to it's normal height the Fedora icon used for the "Kickoff Start Menu" would turn into the seemingly no longer in use Konqueror back button, this happened while set at the "small" option.

small

So at this point it was still too tall, and the digital clock was starting to be tiled to the top of the screen, yet we brought it down to it's "tiny" option, and that made half of everything on the panel chopped in half,

tiny

with the other half placed at the top of the screen.

top

But other than that, the occasionally slowing down and clicking with some of the other parts of the graphical interface. We recommend Fedora 9 (Sulphur) and the KDE that comes with it, not to the average user, people switching to Fedora or to GNU/Linux itself for that matter, but to past Fedora and KDE users, that would like to play around with the latest and greatest to the Fedora GNU/Linux distribution.

KDE Desktop Interface Modifications:
Starting with the first thing you'll notice. The "Kickoff Start Menu", "Application Launcher"
or just "Start Menu"; looks very similar to Microsoft's and openSUSE's.

Application Kicker

Only, it has animation, unlike Microsoft's. When you click an item it actually moves the sub-content(s) of that item over and allows you to select the program you'd like to run. Also you can adjust it's size.

Application Kicker moves sub-content(s)

Application Kicker > Graphics

One of the other things we noticed is that you don't have icons on your Desktop, you now have widgets (or Plasmoids), which work just like normal icons, only they can each be sized and rotated individually.

Normal Icon Normal Icon Rotated

Larger Rotated Icon

You can also use these widgets to place pictures, a clock, a dictionary, the multiple Desktop previewer and launcher, a file watcher that has user-set update intervals, so if you happen to have a file that updates like an access/error log you can keep an eye on it, and more to your Desktop. But the widgets are still quite bugy; an example, if you flip a "Link to Application" widget completely upside down the icon's dragging movements and your cursor will be inverted (e.g. move your mouse up the icon goes down, move your mouse left the icon goes right, etc.).

Photo Widget

Photo Widget Rotated

InaTux Photo Widget

InaTux Photo Widget Rotated

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