Random rants from a KDE user which also works on making KDE more Hebrew friendly.

Friday, October 23, 2009

KDE on Windows - making life easier

I just installed on my mom's Desktop KDE games. Now she is happier, and she does not need to touch my computer.

On the laptop I got from work (Windows XP, because of non-supported hardware) I just installed KDE4 as well. Using Konversation on Windows just kicks ass. Kate is by far the best general purpose text editor I used. I am not happy that Okular on 4.3.2 does not open PDF (4.3.0 and 4.2 did open.... funky...), but as soon as it starts working again, it will become my default PDF viewer.

While I think Dolphin is GREAT and I started using back in KDE3, I cannot use it on windows, since sftp:// or fish:// protocols not working there... it's just so sad ... :(

I just wanted to thank the KDE on windows team: great job. Just fix the default colors on XP, the applations look kinda dark. That's all!

6 comments:

S├ębastien said...

Agree. I'd love to have fish:// working in dolphin for windows

Nick Shaforostoff said...

notepad++ is nice and is native for windows (free software as well)

lefty.crupps said...

> I cannot use it on windows, since sftp:// or
> fish:// protocols not working there...

I thought those were supposed to work? I've been waiting for a PortableApps version of Dolphin for exactly that purpose!

John said...

Neither Okular nor any of the Koffice apps can open any kind of files on windows. It's frustrating.

Brandon said...

to use sftp and fish you have to download and put plink.exe in the bin folder of kde, but they don't work really well, in 4.4 there is a new sftp kioslave that should work better on windows too

Sho said...

I was initially very skeptic of the Windows porting efforts, and afraid of the impact it might have on our code, but after seeing a fair number of former mIRC users switch to Konversation, I can't really argue with the results - it gets users away from proprietary apps to using open ones, the positive experience changes their notion of what Linux/KDE could do for them if they switch to it for the better, and since they already use the apps, it makes a switch seem all that much more feasible to them. Kudos to the KDE Windows team.