I’ve been spending time in KDE on the weekends since I usually don’t need to update my podcasts (which I manage in Rythmbox) and here are my current impressions. Now that the latest nVidia drivers have come out, I was able to enable the desktop composite effects in KDE. This does not use Compiz, but rather KWin’s built-in effects. The default effects were nice. They slowed up my computer a little, but I was still able to run Blender, which is more than I can do in Gnome with Compiz turned on.
I finally learned how to make the panel only show the programs open on that desktop. Apparently, I just hadn’t found the magic spot to right-click on the panel to bring up a menu that has a simple checkbox to do that.
So far my only complaint is that KDE 4 is uglier than Gnome 2.x. I can’t put my finger one what it is, but something offends my visual senses. Particularly, I don’t like how Kontact looks. I think it looks heavily 1990s. The calendar part, in particular, doesn’t seem as polished as Evolution.
However, there are a lot of great things going on. The widgets are really neat and better than any equivalent thing happening in Gnome. I will keep checking them out to see where it ends up. Also, I’m anxious to see where Amarok 2 takes us.