KDE 4.2: Oh. My. Goodness…

Yep. That darned thing left me breathless. After roughly 14-15 h of compiling (that is excluding dependencies, such as Qt which alone took > 4h, and KOffice and Kdevelop as well), I am finally using KDE 4.2. I’m typing this on KDE 4.2, using Konqueror.

After KDE 4.1 I was expecting something good, but, honestly, not that good. The old annoyances are gone and the whole thing seems to have improved by leaps and bounds. And, it’s beautiful.

It might not be perfect, but having a free desktop such as this one is a treat. Kudos to the KDE community!

My current desktop
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  1. Eduardo, why did you decide to compile from source?

    I agree 4.2 has improved by leaps and bounds. I was so impressed with it, I installed it on all my computers and it is now the default.

  2. David: Since this is software that will get everyday use, I usually try to optimize it for my machine. I usually compile that software using the SlackBuild buildscripts that are available for Slackware, and I modify them by adding compiler flags specific for my machine (e.g., -march=pentium-m -mtune=pentium-m -msse -mmmx -msse2, etc…).

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