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Re: KDE Usability survey

On Wednesday 12 March 2003 19:00, Brian Nelson wrote:
> Frank Van Damme <frank.vandamme@student.kuleuven.ac.be> writes:
> > Filled it in with all pleasure, and, since you're asking my opinion
> > anyway, the useability of kde has little to do with menu structures of
> > user-friendlyness, at which it is way ahead of all the others. It has
> > more to do with kde's major disease: obesity. I don't know if this has to
> > do with c++, gcc, qt or kde, but there's room for improvement there. To
> > the majority of students I know, Kde has not become a viable alternative
> > to their revamped dos shell because of it. You know it would be REALLY
> > impressive if I could demonstrate kde on a p100 with just 32 megs ram! 
> > Everyone would just JUMP on Debian ;-)
> Then show them a light window manager, like wmaker or blackbox (and
> friends).  Having KDE be usable on extremely low-end hardware just isn't
> a design goal of KDE.

I get your meaning, and this is often answered in "window manager jihads", but 
actually isn't my point. 

First, any desktop user will want to use kde apps. I mean that as a compliment 
:-) . So you'll inevitable load and use qt and kde libraries.

Second, It may not be the design goal to run on the lowest end stuff (like a 
system built out of Linux, Dietlibc, TinyX and twm or something :-) ), but I 
hope it isn't the goal of the kde project to become as big as Windows Xp or 
something (exageration for the sake of demonstration).

Third, (<nitpicking>) the machine I named is low-end by todays standards, but 
by no means "extremely" low-end. It would be like a space shuttle ride for 
the majority of the worlds population. 

So I find the most important thing that KDE can focus on, snappyness and 
system requirements. And stability off course. 

Frank Van Damme

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