Right, I gave the brandnew KDE 4.2 a try. I ran into a few bugs but I was quite impressed to see a KDE4 Desktop that is ready for users and the Plasma user interface concept finally starts to make huge sense to me. What I also noticed is that my PC is getting outdated and slow. It is not a fault of KDE developers. KDE4 will rock. Vista won’t run on that machine either.
Then I downloaded Knoppix 6 out of my curiosity in LXDE. Knoppix is a live-CD distribution, some call it the mother of all live-CDs. A few years ago Klaus Knopper demonstrated with his nice preconfigured Knoppix that a more desktop-friendly Debian is possible and you can carry it around with you on a cd. Knoppix featured KDE as its desktop environment. At some time Knoppix CDs becam as ubiquitious as formerly “AOL-CDs” or as my grand-grandmother used to say, as “field beans”. In my collection I even have a Knoppix CD with the logo of SUN Microsystems. When the Knoppix live-CD was replaced by a live-DVD my computer failed to boot it but you didn’t need Knoppix anymore as there were many alternatives.
KDE 4.2 is impressive but Knoppix 6.0 impressed me. It is because both releases are completely different.