The following was from a Google+ post that I figured I would share here as well.
Well I think I’m finally switching my main desktop from KDE to XFCE. Too much flash and pizazz and having to turn off behaviors and mannerisms for my liking. I guess I’m just getting too old for these young peoples’ desktops.
It was a decent 9+ years, KDE. Sorry you had to turn into GNOME.
A later follow-up comment:
[warning: non-proofread, off-the-cuff rant ahead]
Not sure if others get the same feeling, but I believe desktops have a measurable weight in terms of interaction and feel. As of late (read KDE 4.*), KDE has lost weight and felt ungrounded. Delayed click responses, bouncing icons, crashing UI effects, windows partially disappearing, and the ‘improved’ graphics all tend to lend way to a flighty feel and experience. But not in a good way, but rather a lack of solidity that I want from a desktop. I want a concrete user experience that shows of it’s strength in the back-end by portraying a solid and consistently reliable front-end. I’ll trade ‘sleek’, ‘cutting-edge’, and ‘feature overflowing’ for solidity and reliability any day. When productivity calls what really matters?
Is it just me feeling the departure of usability? I am one who spends 75% of my computing time tied to a terminal emulator. Maybe I am simply disconnected from what is truly meant to be the modern desktop experience. I look to OS X and Windows Vista/7 for comparison and see similar qualities to KDE 4 and GNOME 3. It’s quite possible that these are the ways of today and are in response to what the majority of users demand from their desktops.
One of the major selling points for Linux is obviously the stability and reliability of the kernel. Therefore, I would expect that the layering OS and desktop should reflect such qualities and do nothing but to bring out the best possible performance and usability of the Linux kernel. KDE4 and GNOME3 seem to have diverged greatly from these ideas. Is it time for distributions to begin defaulting their OSes to a more reasonable (see qualities above for a definition of reasonable) desktop? Maybe Xubuntu should really become Ubuntu, leaving Kubuntu and Gubuntu (?) as unique, non-default variations.