Like most geeks I needed to see the latests and greatest as soon as possible. So I downloaded the KDE 4 iso file from Kubuntu’s page and mounted it in VirtualBox to see what it was all about. I created this blog story to save some fellow geeks the time of downloading and Virtualboxing. The result can be seen as a screencast I made with Istanbul. You can download it here:
kde4.ogg (8.2 mb) (4 min. 20 sec.)
If you are not in yet a Linux user this format will maybe be unknown to you but it can be viewed with VLC among many other capable viewers.
A buggy ride
Even though I’m thrilled by the looks of KDE 4.0 it doesn’t really seem fit for a .0 release. In the short 4 minutes the screencast lasts several minor bugs present themselves. Some of the errors are listed below. The reason for the errors is perhaps the virtual machine or the fact that it was a live CD run – either way it doesn’t seem very stable albeit very pretty. 🙂
- (1:04) – Graphical errors with the design of the konqueror startpage.
- (1:18) – Graphical errors with box warning about the network connection in konqueror.
- (1:31) – “KDEInit could not launch ‘/usr/bin/konsole-kde4′” even though konsole is launched and works fine.
- (3:13) – Gwenview crashed upon startup.
All in all KDE 4.0 seems very promising and I’m confident that KDE 4.1 will be a much smoother experience but for now I will stick with KDE 3.5. For further reading see: