[CentOS-devel] KDE light?
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Fri Sep 14 07:40:05 UTC 2007
Allow me to shortly introduce myself, since I'm new to this list. I'm an
Austrian sysadmin living in Montpezat (South France). I'm in charge of
computers (servers and desktops) in eleven small communities that
migrate from Windows to Linux. Institutions like public libraries and
town halls get networked, and every Windows installation is replaced by
a GNU/Linux system. I had tested various (a dozen or so) distributions,
and we finally settled with CentOS (both server and desktop), which we
like very much. The current desktop we use is the default GNOME, and
XFCE on older hardware.
From time to time, I fiddle with the KDE desktop, and my impression is
always the same: 1) it's great! 2) it's cluttered! KDE has a series of
really great apps (Konqueror file manager, K3B, KMail, ...), but the
problem is: it's not very modular. More often than not, one has to
install a whole bunch of useless - and often redundant - apps in order
to just have one little app. For example, in order to have the music
player JuK, I would have to install kdemultimedia-extras, which gives me
a whole lot of other players I will never use.
I know I'm not the first to complain about this state of things, and
various distributions have already taken steps to find a solution.
Debian has broken up KDE packages, so you can install just the packages
you want. Arch Linux has the kdemod project, which is great also. Gentoo
does something similar, IIRC. And there's a german Slackware-based
distribution called Pocket Linux which does just that: take the
cholesterol out of KDE.
So I just thought I would drop a note on the -devel list: to suggest a
"KDE Light" project for CentOS. Ideally, I would have a minimal system
and X11, and a simple 'yum groupinstall 'KDE Light'' would give me a
minimal KDE desktop.
I'm curious to have your opinions about this.
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