Back to the boundary layer again. It has been a less than optimal week. Numerous glitches and perturbations even excepting the grand farce that is the national election. It has become all too painfully clear that the true decision-making is vested in BIG Gubment and BIG Brands and to a lesser extent their myrmidons, the political parties.
I thus thought it rather appropriate to comment on an article [Link] about how master Linus (Torvalds – for the boggery who might be reading,) is trying KDE again. He sez,
“It still looks a bit too cartoony, and the default widget/plasmoid behavior with mouse-over pretty much immediately showing the controls for it annoys the hell of me. You can lock the widgets down and they calm down and act normal, but it’s some really odd and distracting default behavior.”
which I rather have to agree with. And the graphics engine is often going La La Land.
But I have been walking a similar path. And while I find Gnome Shell several dB more acceptable than Unity, it is cold and lacking in some quality that actually makes one value it.
The problem is that XFCE is rather too Spartan and uncomfortable, due to decorations that I somehow equate with American Primitive artwork. It’s rather like having nothing to sit on but a slat chair of rather geometric uncompromise with human anatomy.
KDE, on the other hand, is rather like one of those over sized, overstuffed recliners that one can enter and tip back, but thereafter is immobilized in constraint but absent support.
The problem is that the middle has disappeared and so we all must exist on the surface of the doughnut (torus.)
One more example of how we are now the slaves of BIG Brands.
 A soldier or a subordinate civil officer who executes cruel orders of a superior without protest or pity; — sometimes applied to bailiffs, constables, etc. –Thackeray. [1913 Webster]