I certainly couldn't see any evidence of anger or hatred in your first post. You appeared to be a bit irritated because some updates had replaced your settings with the default ones. And obviously that is something an update should not do. On the other hand the changes seemed rather trivial and easy to fix. That's why KDE is still my main DE.
But have you tried the other desktops? (When E17 is just a bit more stable I'll probably switch to Enlightenment.)
Hi Bald Brick,
Thanks for the post. Re: trivial, yes, agreed - trivial in the sense that the issues I have had haven't broken my system. However, things like the tray icon issue are non-trivial in the sense that I spent nearly 30 min in the first place trying to figure it out (google it, yahoo for more multi-color icons, install, test, didn't work, install again, test, repeat until fixed to my liking) and to repeat the process may take another 10-20 min of my time. Again, this isn't so much a PCLOS issue as it is a kde4 issue.
As much as I like (in fact LOVE) the kde4 desktop experience, I wish that the dev team would put a priority of focus on getting the basic functionality working 100% rather than new stuff and bells and whistles. For example, kmail will NOT print a mail that is written but not sent. (Often times at work we like to print emails before sending to get input from other staff members.) Tiff file attachments will not open automatically with kmail (have to type in "okular" EVERY time, even though correct mime types are specified and the same file when saved on HDD will open with one-click.) And the mail list will not remember settings "time, sender, subject" and ALWAYS resets the order to 'subject, sender, time" upon start-up.
I have indeed tried enlightenment, and gnome, and xfce, and some of the other more minor DE's available, but I always come back to kde. It has the best blend of functionality and customizability for me. And I just cannot come to terms with the gtk file dialogue interface.
Anyhow, I tried to contact the kmail team in the past (and so has my uncle, for that matter) and I have never been given a reply. This is unlike a lot of times I have contacted devs from certain projects and have been given thanks for the feedback and the courtesy of a response. My efforts in contacting different project members has always been pro-active and positive, focusing on feedback to enable them to improve the product. If I was a software coder, I'd certainly do more, but alas, I am only a power-user, former musician, and guitar repairman/builder.