KDE – What Happened? (follow-up)

Lots of responses to my post from June, “KDE: What Happened?”, with some very fair pro-KDE points:

  1. Ubuntu doesn’t put nearly as much work into its KDE packages as it does into its Gnome packages. Excellent point: it’s probably Ubuntu’s look and feel I like rather than either Gnome or KDE.
  2. My complaint was really with Amarok rather than KDE, which I only used for about 30 minutes. Good point: but I’m glad it was clear I didn’t use KDE for very long before giving up.

Ignoring the less-valid suggestions of other comments that only inferior consumers can’t be “bothered” to customise their gadgets (as if this was a badge of honour, for consumer or provider), I clearly need to try a “real” KDE desktop from a “real” KDE distribution for some length of time (and it wouldn’t hurt to use a decent machine, too, although I don’t really have access to one; Ubuntu/Gnome has been happy enough on T41-era hardware for some years).

However, apart from the pure speculation that hackers have migrated away from KDE development, I think my other points still stand and I’ll attempt now to clarify them. Yes, KDE may still be under development; yes, it’s beta – but what software isn’t? KDE just seems to this semi-casual observer to have taken too many unnecessary sideways steps: the sound managers; the default themes; the stability.

I know how hard it is to develop good software but KDE (and Amarok) not only aren’t continually improving, they degrade at times – yes, in the name of long-term improvements but that’s not much use to this current-term potential user – and it’s this which I find most puzzling/maddening. Judging by the comments, at least, it seems I’m not the only one; I’ll finish by linking to this page which describes how to run Amarok 1.4 under Ubuntu Jaunty – solving my original problem: