They're now on Plasma 5.4.2... and I don't understand what happened.
There are things I expect a desktop with a long, long history of having near-100% customizability to do. The ability to customize your desktop is why people freakin' use KDE in the first place. KDE has apparently decided "well fuck all that, we're gonna start ripping shit out and locking shit down." And now we have a desktop that doesn't support...
... wait for it...
That's right. It doesn't fucking support screensavers. I mean I know the screensaver isn't the most integral part of an operating system these days -- they're more for eye candy than anything else -- but the ability to run a screensaver has been around for a pretty long time, and Linux has been somewhat unique among OS's that you can run some really cool 3-d screensavers when you want to. My favorite has been a 3-d rendering of a city skyline that you zoom around (it's especially cool across two monitors).
But as of Plasma 5, screensavers are no longer supported, and I guess the official reason is "because fuck you is why" because I haven't actually seen an official reason that makes sense.
Other things you can't do in Plasma 5:
- if you drag an icon to one of the KDE panels and want it to be a folder (instead of a widget - so basically it just opens up Dolphin) you can't customize the icon
- if you decide to use the Folder View widget instead, the rollover text is not the name of the directory, it's just "Folder View" and there's no way to change it. So right now I have sixteen goddamn folder view widgets that I'm glad I recognize by sight because they all fucking say "folder view."
- The login screen allows you to customize your background. Your desktop allows you to customize your background. Your "we have a lock screen instead of a screensaver because fuck you" lock screen allows you to customize your background. The splash screen that loads when you first log in doesn't let you customize fuck all, and not only that your only two options in the settings panel are "this splash screen we came up with that you can't customize, or not a goddamn thing."
- Every time I try to add new fonts, the font manager crashes.
... I'm going to stop here because this is supposed to be a rant, not my own personal Ninety-Five Theses, and I want to note that all my complaints can rightly be pointed out as superficial and having to do with customization rather than functionality.
And you're right. They are. That's because the only true functional difference between UIs these days is customization. Any modern computer can give you the functionality you need, regardless of operating system -- yes, even fucking Windows. What distinguishes them is your ability to customize your environment to look the way you want and respond the way you want. The only real difference between any UI, be it Windows 10 or Android or OSX or Gnome or Unity or KDE, is how you can arrange things to taste.
KDE apparently decided the only way to evolve their desktop was to throw a lot of that stuff away, and I am super not impressed.