Maybe not all people know, but most Linux fans must know that on 27
second major release since the first KDE 4.0 series launched about a
Well, since im a KDE fans, i grab their Suse based KDE live cd last
night. And tried them on my trusted Asus eee pc.
I create the USB live installer with no trouble. Just fire up
unetbootin from my Windows box, and everything goes very well. I put
the USB disk on my eee pc and it booted just fine.
A little trouble comes when the first time KDE 4.2 is loading. It just
came back to user login screen. After a couple of times trying, i figure
it out to select the session to KDE failsafe. Thats it. With this
option, KDE 4.2 booted normally, and i was welcomed by a beautifully KDE
At KDE desktop, you can see the usual folder view Plasmoid. For anyone
of you who don't know, KDE 4 series, doesn't display an icon like
traditional desktop. It used folder view to display a content of the
We can added more Plasmoid to the desktop, i added baterry and sticky
note. But, the add widget application seems still buggy. I can only add
one widget at a time, adding more make it freeze.
One thing i notice it the kicker. This KDE start menu is appearantly
scaled down, it becomes shorter to accomodate eee pc small screen. This
is quite nice, but there is a little room left for us to navigate in it.
Dolphin, the file manager also works fine. One little problem is, the
program height. I can't make it shorter. I solve the problem by change
the panel configuration, so application can overlap it.
One application that i found doesn't work is Amarok. Don't know why. I
don't think it because the soundcard, because sound is ok. Suse 11
manage to configure eee pc sound card just fine.
Well..i guess thats all. Overall, i like KDE 4.2. While most people
seems to think it suck, and prefer Gnome, i don't.
With clear mind, we can see that KDE 4 series is way ahead of Gnome, in
a matter of concept, graphics design and the underlying architecture.