So, in 2018, around the time of Proton, I switched over to Linux. I finally was able to leave Windows behind. At the time I picked Cinnamon, I had experience with it before and it felt familiar.
I have been using Cinnamon with great pleasure but I did miss better theming and effects and a few months ago I tried KDE, kinda got overwhelmed with all the options and I didn’t got it to feel right and basically a day later I was back on Cinnamon.
Still, the grass was greener on the other side and I always saw amazing desktop screenshots all over the place and most of the time, they where on KDE.
The problem was, I was unable to safely test KDE in VirtualBox since my resolution got reset to 800x600 if I change it (without 3D acceleration there was no issue, but KDE with 3D acceleration is pointless).
But, a few day’s ago I went to Google again and I found the source of the problem. It seems there is a bug in the background service of kscreen that resets the resolution back! I disabled that service and I was finally able to properly mess around in KDE, really gave it a good try this time.
And this time it clicked for me. I took my time, went through all the system settings and after a few hours playing around, it isn’t all that scary and the list of options I need to tweak isn’t that much in the end.
I finally got my slippery smooth animations, wobbly windows, lamp effect and the snap helper so I can position windows in the center (plus a script that can do it with a key-bind). I discovered I can actually have proper window border since KDE allows you to define how big you want your borders! And window drop shadows!
I knew theming was great, but this is just amazing and it fixes all the minor annoyances I had with Cinnamon.
I even had a poke at a Wayland session and that was just icing on the cake. Everything (as far as I could see) works just as good and with double the performance (judging by that fps helper effect, but I could also tell it was even smoother).
So, yeah, I am happy and preparing a new version of my install script and getting things ready so I will have a smooth transition when I install it bare metal.
But really, everything in KDE is so damn slick and coherent. It’s amazing what the developers have done.
Thanks for reading!