I have been using XFCE forever now, and have written about it here a few times. I love XFCE, and don’t see giving up on it anytime soon. I do still like KDE, though, and every now and then I pull down the latest packaged version and give it a run-through. With all of the hoopla regarding the 4.5 launch, I figured it was time to take another look. But, of course, it wasn’t a straight-forward process in Lucid.
Not all Linux distributions will offer packages for KDE 4.5 upgrades, and none of them, at this time, are supporting them in their official repositories. This takes time
Not that it was exactly hard, mind you. It’s actually fairly straight-forward in Lucid (for you *buntu users) and Isadora (for us Linux Mint fiends). Add the Kubuntu backports repository (ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports), do a dist-upgrade, and then add in the kubuntu-desktop packages. A half-hour or so later, and you are good to go.
I only ran into one issue: for some reason the Kontact/kdepim packages didn’t install two libraries required for Kontact to launch. I had to manually add libkontactinterface4 and libakonadi-contact4. I still think this is really, really weird.
No matter, it is working now. I am writing this from within KDE 4.5. All in all, this is a very solid KDE release. Congrats to the dev team!