Tuesday, September 27, 2005

KDE Control Center - Confusing?

http://software.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=05/09/19/1616206&from=rssAn interesting article about kde4. However:

"... the KDE Control Center, which currently organizes the configuration modules into a confusing hierarchy, ..."

Me: "Confusing? Are you out of your mind? It is a treeview. You click on the little arrow, and the tree expands. You might find these oh-so-tricky trees in such seldomly used applications as, say, just about any non-text-mode email client ever written. But you're right - treviews are so confusing that this email thing will never take off."

I'm a big fan of both Gnome and KDE, but spend most of my time in the latter. Gnome has a clean interface, some excellent tools, and the Gnome applications start up faster than their KDE equivalents. However KDE has the control center, which allows me to easily configure the DE the way I want it. Gnome's configuration tools are seriously lacking in detail.

I believe the Control Center is KDE's chief advantage over Gnome. Lately it seems most articles flag the Control Center as KDE's weak point, and I just don't get that.

It's true that Kcontrol could use a bit of housekeeping.
For example: It is not immediately obvious which branch a given node will be under, and some are definitely in the wrong place. What is "Paths" doing under "System Administration"? This is clearly a user-level setting. However these are minor issues, and do not justify cries of "too confusing".

Millions of Outlook Express users have proved that even a complete idiot can deal with a treeview.

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