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Goodbye KDE, Hello XFCE

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This past weekend I uninstalled KDE4 from my Desktop. When I first started playing around with Linux, my first desktop was KDE 1.something. Even though it didn’t have the polish of Windows, I could see that it had a lot of potential. It was more than enough for brief excursions into Linux. I think back then I was running Redhat 7.something. I have used KDE on Solaris (at work), Mandrake, Fedora, and for the past 4 years, Gentoo.

About a year before the release of Vista I became so disgusted with Windows that I made the decision to switch completely to Linux and have never regretted the decision. My wife and son had no problem making the transition from Windows to Linux thanks in no small part to KDE. With KDE 3.5, I was in Desktop heaven. I had power and flexibility that Windows users cannot even imagine.

When I began reading about the plans for KDE4, I could hardly wait. There was so many good ideas. I read many blogs and could hardly contain my excitement. I tried KDE 4.1 and was very impressed but it still was not quite where I needed it to be for daily use. No problem, things looked good and I could be patient. Besides, I still had KDE 3.5 to fall back on.

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