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tastes, KDE applications tend to be-as a rule but with exceptions-more powerful than alternatives in GTK +. In contrast, lacks some KDE killer-apps that are well accommodated in the GTK +, but not vice versa, or not at all. Also, GTK + environments enjoy a good variety of almost all applications, a variety that KDE does not seem so.
For example, if you’re using Ubuntu but do not like Nautilus, you can try Thunar or PCManFM, but if you do it with Dolphin you’ll get a ‘wham in all eyes. ” Same thing if you do not like gedit and you try to Leafpad or KWrite, etc. (of course, you can install the application you want if your Linux distro you provide it, another thing is the result, which does not have to be bad in functionality ). In short, the most consistent is not to leave the environment.
As we have seen (as we all know, go) in GTK + are alternatives for almost everything. And in Qt What if the default KDE applications do not like for whatever reason? Are there alternatives? The first thing I answer-and I think many others, is “do I want alternatives to Dolphin, Kate and Gwenview, whether they are best in class”. But then this article would end already, and not plan.
The second thing you could answer the above questions is to repeat that there is no problem in using GTK + applications in KDE . With the right theme, and almost all KDE distros come prepared for that, most even give the trick. But then this article would be a bit absurd.
the third time’s the charm, they say, so the answer is yes, there are alternatives to KDE applications , inside and outside the project (and “around”). That is, Qt applications . Let’s see some of them to try to form a desktop environment as complete as possible. Did you succeed?
basic Desktop window manager
Starting with the basics, KDE can be “replaced” by Razor-Qt, the development of suburbs, unfinished and short on options however, with its limitations and slow development, is there and you can use anyone.
Among other things
Razor-Qt lacks a window manager . Antico has long existed, Egg Window Manager (eggwm) or Qt Window Manager, but they are all dead projects. If the incompleteness of Razor-Qt we add something as experimental, can not get anything good.
and fail miserably in our attempt to mount an alternative Qt KDE desktop. Not that is not possible, is it not realistic . What we can do is start to build on something like Klyde (the method that you put it reach you). Why give the best basis to existing Qt, which is KDE?
File Manager and Web Browser
With a foundation
(desktop and window manager) must be filled solid core holes, and there is nothing more basic than a file browser . If you do not like Dolphin, Konqueror you. As alternatives in Qt, a priori the most interesting to come from where it comes is PCManFM Qt. Although you could also try with Andromeda (includes basic image viewer embedded), NewBreeze, SCROK-Filer or QtFM (none reach the level of Dolphin or Konqueror, that’s for sure).
next step, ask even get into the topic of web browsers , result in another failure, so needless to say that Konqueror , rekonq or QupZilla can fill this position if the requirements are not too many. We run a veil and we’ll see …
documents and images
In this section the KDE-Qt binomial representation has the first level: Okular is simply the best in its class, Gwenview the same and what of digiKam . A trio that has no actual replacement.
Now, if you only find a PDF document viewer, Qpdfview. And if you settle for a basic image viewer, much like Eye of GNOME, and nomacs QIviewer are most similar. But honestly, Gwenview takes the same time to run than Eye of GNOME and you can configure your interface with minimalism you want without losing options …
Alternative to digiKam? If you know one, let us know.
Communication and productivity
supply applications we have in this section to KMail , Kopete / KDE Telepathy , Konversation and Choqok . The first has an alternative, in the event that you settle only with IMAP connection: Trojita. The truth is that it looks good and its development is active. Kopete, meanwhile, is in the doldrums due to the maturity of KDE Telepathy, which is the best option currently. There would be two options here, the first and simplest Kadu Instant Messenger, a cross-platform instant messaging client, multiprotocol pretty neat in appearance. The second option is as exclusive as blunt: Skype.
IRC client you know that the answer is Konversation by Quasell as client Twitter or other social networks. .. We return to DJing. Choqok is the very best there is for Twitter and Identi.ca, not only in KDE or Linux. I remember at the time tested and qTwitter Qwit, but there is no comparison (I am not nor pictures of these).
In terms of productivity, the option that provides KDE Kontact (KMail, KOrganizer, KNotes, KAddressBook, Akregator …) is once again the most complete and powerful. The hole can be patched with the aforementioned partially Trojita and qOrganizer, a suite that includes calendar, task list, notes and daily reminders, etc.. Or if you just need a notes app, Basket was the dream of a summer night ended forgot (really, what a shame, with the potential … or had). The application can be used, although it is too buggy as to be taken seriously (and was also Basqet).
To conclude this section, though, a cherry to replace Akregator (desktop) that you can use in Windows and it is even more complete than the “original”: QuiteRSS. If you do not know, not to be missed:
very green field in a good way-is the media playback in KDE. In fact, it is not bold to say that the more quality players come standard on Qt: Amarok, VLC, SMPlayer, Clementine … You really need alternatives to this? Because any, Hayles. The most interesting: Bangarang, Kaffeine and KMPlayer video, Musique, yarock, Qmmp, Cantata and audio Tomahawk.
This basic application is a little taste of the consumer. What do you think are basic applications, leaving aside the categories already discussed? Then leave a short list of alternatives to the default applications in KDE (in parentheses) in plan hodgepodge:
– Text Editor (Kate / KWrite): Honestly, there is nothing that comes close to the power of Kate / KWrite, so this is again a good time to consider whether it is necessary to find an alternative. Well, maybe there is an advanced editor that especially worth: JuffEd, although it may be a bit complex (as there is FoucsWriter curiosity, though not the same, of course).
– Calculator (KCalc): SpeedCrunch.
– Compress / decompress files (Ark): PeaZip, Q7Z.
– Password Manager (KWallet): KeePassX.
– Screenshot (KSnapshot): ScreenGrab.
clipboard manager (Klipper): qlipper.
– Console (Konsole): QTerminal.
– BiTorrent Client (KTorrent) Release distros better torrent is down, so it is not surprising that even saliéndome a bit on a tangent, conclude the list of applications basic alternatives to complete and configurable but somewhat abandoned KTorrent. The closest thing to this is qBittorrent, unless something simpler than you apañes-to or coming from Ubuntu and not want to change. In that case, Transmission Qt.
What category we find virtually no viable alternative to the proposed KDE? Office . Calligra, with its limitations and facing a LibreOffice intractable (we were on GNU / Linux, we will not name the unnameable), is becoming a better and better, with special attention to Krita, the application less representative of the suite but a value in Free software boost.
Obviously, depending on the needs and circumstances of each, the above list of alternatives Qt default KDE applications can be used or not (and we have left much space to cover, it’s true). For many it will be meaningless, as most of those applications-those that come by default with KDE-, as we have repeated various times, do not need an alternative because of its quality, and in return major deficiencies KDE software not covered by Qt .
Yet I found interesting ostracism rescue many of these applications Qt, always in the shadow of KDE but free-software in almost all cases-that after all it is there, within reach. Also, many of the examples of today not only represent an alternative to KDE applications on duty, being multiplatform software can also be used on Windows and Mac OS X.