KDE isn’t looking all that great, and even with the recent updates of KDE 3 and 4, we’re not sure that it’s going to be the desktop of choice for future computers. However, there has been an even more recent update of KDE, called Trinity KDE, which has been put together by Timothy Pearson, who has been releasing updates for a while now. According to rumours swirling around on Facebook, he has been trying to revive KDE for a while now, and according to him, Trinity is the answer.
So, why is the project doing so well, and what’s the big deal? Well, KDE 4 has become more and more usable as time has gone on, thank goodness, but there are still those out there that can’t get on board with it because they think it’s too complicated, or too needy when it comes to resources. There are others out there that suggest KDE 4 doesn’t have as many features as KDE 3, and there are still others that wish it was a bit more like desktops of the past.
The reality is, the KDE 4 edition has never quite recovered from editions that came before it, and what’s interesting is that there are a number of people out there that would love to take things back to KDE 3. However, with Trinity KDE, is it all that it’s cracked up to be, or is it not even worth the effort you have to go through to revive a somewhat dead desktop system?
A Test Drive
One thing that you can do if you want to learn more about Trinity KDE is take it for a test drive. You can do this by installing it in just seven steps. The majority of people reading this who are willing to try out Trinity KDE probably want to because they already like the 3.0 version. The good news is that if you liked the features you found with KDE 3, then you’re going to like Trinity. They have the initial setup the same, as well as the classic menu, and five different kinds of panels.
So, what is the biggest difference between Trinity KDE and the KDE 3?
The first thing to note is that basic operations like opening and closing menus and windows are markedly quicker in Trinity’s version. However, speed of course depends on what kind of hardware you’re working with. On a new machine, the difference is still there, but it’s reduced somewhat. Trinity KDE could become the choice for older machines, although personally we think that LXDE would be a quicker choice.
The second thing to note is as you have a look around Trinity KDE, you can expect to see a few changes. For example, in the control centre, you will find a system settings window similar to that of KDE 4, with an advanced tab and general settings. You will also find support for ICC colour profiles on the desktop, as well as the task manager on the panel’s menu when you right click. However, most of the changes are behind-the-scene improvements, or fixes to bugs.