Hi and thanks for the nice reply.
fraxinus_63 wrote:Which edition of Mint did you download? Have you installed Mint 14 KDE (the latest Ubuntu-based version)? Or the long-term support edition Mint 13 KDE? Or have you downloaded Linux Mint Debian Edition and then installed KDE?
It was LM14 KDE edition. I tried a plain Debian install before that but I found installing the Nvidia drivers was a bit of a hassle and I was recommended LM as an alternative.
fraxinus_63 wrote:With regard to your rant about aspects of KDE 4, I am afraid I can only sympathise. The scattered menus, the issues with the panel, the endless notifications ... I used to love KDE -- and it is still very beautiful! -- but it got too complex for my taste. If you are persisting with Mint I hope you have a better experience with the Cinnamon ISO.
I've used KDE 2.x, 3.X and now 4.9 and all I can say is the 3.x series was the best in terms of lack of issues. I really cannot believe they thought it OK to release something with so many obvious bugs and usability issues. And as for Gnome, the 2.x series was, and in my humble opinion still is the best.
And as for Cinnamon, I installed LXDE last night on my KDE edition install, tried to get compiz working, failed (some things worked while others like the cube did not) switched back to KDE only to then find it had broken... So I installed Cinnamon and gave it a quick try.
At first it looked good - I prefer gdm3's login method (enter username then password from keyboard rather than go from mouse to keyboard - making users switch input method like that is not good design) although KDE's window manager switcher is better. Otherwise things initially things looked good. The menus were clear and there wasn't too much going on but then I started to find problems.
The "start" menu apparently cannot be set to Windows-like classic and had a noticeable delay in responding to clicks and I think there may be a problem with the window manager as some applications like the Nvidia control panel and Firefox looked like they were using some retro GTK widget set. I tried to fix it by changing the theme but it had no effect.
On the other hand I did find it a little more intuitive and the meta/super key works in calling the start menu up (great!), although with the same delay as above in displaying.
I think when I get some more time I'm going to give the Xfce edition a try and see if it breaks with KDE installed as a side. Also while I think of it could you tell me where I can post feature requests for LM? The Nvidia drivers aren't compatible with the framebuffer and I'd like to use uvesafb (http://www.mjmwired.net/kernel/Documentation/fb/uvesafb.txt
) to get high-res terminals back.