- It is too resource-heavy compared to Gnome
- It annoys me slightly that the panel never matches the windows
- The zoom out feature is still a bit buggy
- The customisation settings, while more extensive than stock Gnome, are more difficult to get a grip of
- That damn KDE wallet asks me for my password every time I come back from suspend
So what is it, then, you ask? Don't laugh...
Native KDE applications all have ridiculous names!!!
They all appear to be contrived to contain a "K" in some way, like when high school kids decide that it's not "wicked", it's "wikid". Or they just get lazy, and stick a "K" on the front of a literal name describing exactly what the application does. All you have to do is take a look at KDE's website to see what I mean:
So let's examine the evidence, and compare some Gnome and KDE default applications:
- Web browsers: Firefox vs. Konqueror
I suppose Konqueror is more than just a web browser, so maybe that's what they were going for with the whole "conqueror" epithet, but it doesn't excuse the "K". It's up there with "Hed Kandi", "Krazy Glue" and "Krazy Kamp" (the musical my middle school put on in the 7th grade).
- Mail Clients: Evolution vs. KMail
The lack of imagination here is just staggering. Could we not come up with a better name than "KMail" for a mail client in KDE?
- BitTorrent Clients: Transmission vs. KTorrent
See above. Come on, guys, let's have a little naming creativity here!
- Music players: Rhythmbox vs. amaroK, now Amarok
This one is arguably the weakest example, since the name actually means something in another language ("wolf" in Inuktitut), so the "K" is a transliteration anyway. Also, the dev team get points for seeing the light and fixing the capitalisation issue, which is what landed it on my list in the first place.
- Feed readers: n/a vs. Akregator
In fairness, this isn't quite an even comparison because Gnome doesn't ship with a default feed reader. But "Akregator"?! Come on, it's "aggregator", so at the very least, it should be "Akkregator" or something...Basically, there's no excuse for this one...
What it all comes down to is that I get embarrassed telling people that I use applications with such ridiculous names. All the major OSes, including Windows and MacOS, put a lot of thought into the names of their applications, and I wish KDE would do the same. If they could crack that, they'd pretty much have a convert!