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improving the UX with the default KDE installation

Hi everyone

The default KDE/Plasma 5 installation in Stretch, via task-kde-desktop, in my 
opinion doesn't provide the best user experience because of the many 
applications installed by default.

While the experience with the Plasma desktop is pretty good, the same
cannot be said for some KDE applications. To improve the situation, at
least for me, in different occasions I had to:

- manually install only the required KDE applications in a minimal Debian 
- or manually remove all the unwanted KDE applications in the default KDE 
installation (and break meta-packages).

The main issue is that, in some cases, the applications required recursively 
by the package task-kde-desktop are obsolete, bugged and/or are useless 
redundancies. I'll make some examples at the end of this e-mail to better 
explain my point of view.

I don't know if there are other users considering this as a usability issue 
but, in case, and if it is still possible to do something given the freeze of 
Stretch, it could be solved by changing the applications listed as 
dependencies and recommended by the meta-packages used in the default KDE 
installation in Stretch.

I'm working just for myself on a list of packages that can be omitted or 
substituted and if someone is interested I can continue in this discussion.



Let's start with Konqueror, installed by default in the case discussed above. 
Despite its history and how interesting it is, we all know that Konqueror 
nowadays lacks developer manpower. Its web engines are obsolete and probably 
not suitable anymore for a safe web surfing. Surely many of us will not suggest 
its usage, especially to newcomers. Firefox and Chromium are far superior web 
browsers and, besides, Firefox is recommended by task-kde-desktop and it is 
installed in the default KDE installation.

Konqueror can also be used as a file manager but we already have Dolphin, that 
I'm sure is considered the de facto file manager in the Plasma desktop, 
installed along with it. Konqueror therefore is pretty much useless and 
redundant in a standard installation. If it so, why install it by default?

Same story with some of the KDEPIM applications installed by 
task-kde-desktop/kde-standard. I'm a Kmail user but like many others I know 
that Kmail can be a difficult beast to handle, it has its bugs, akonadi could be 
a pain sometimes, and it lacks developer manpower too (and maybe it will be 
replaced by Kube in the future).

Despite I'm using Kmail I will probably suggest to other users and newcomers 
to try Icedove/Thunderbird instead, or simply use their e-mail accounts via 
web browser if it is too much for them. In my opinion Kmail and friends should 
not be installed by default.

There are other cases like that or minor redundancies, such as Kate and Kwrite 
installed altogether. Why install them both?

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