I have a problem with KDE 4 and release 4.3 apparently is not solving it.
In an office with cheap printers KDE 4 more than doubles the paper and ink usage over gnome and MS Windows, showing very little attention at costs and none at the environment.
It is not possible to select odd/even pages to do manual duplex printing (you need to first print to pdf and then use the non free acrobat reader for that) and there is no 2-up or n-up printing option at all.
Note that kde3 supported all the features from the pstools suite, including booklet printing.
All this looks funny to me:
- when KDE shipped its 4.0 release everybody was horrified, while to me it was perfectly ok that the KDE people wanted to try new technologies, also in view of the fact that at that time KDE 3.5 was still supported and that users could make a choice.
- now that KDE is at 4.3 (mature?) and that there is no more support at all for 3.5 everybody seems to be happy and I am the quite disappointed one because more than 1 year after KDE 4 came out and after 3 releases, I still see that features that I would tend to consider "obvious" are completely missing. For instance, I am speaking of:
- having (as mentioned) a working print dialogue allowing one to save resources by printing both sides or putting two pages onto one.
- having a kdeprint application (as in KDE 3.5) offering print support to legacy applications;
- the possibility to download photos and files from your handy phone browsing its filesystem with an obex ioslave;
Unfortunately all these things were on the release goals list for 4.3 and have been scrapped on the way. Personally, I would like KDE to prioritize these features rather than seeing a release announcement enthusiastic about a screensaver that eats your desktop (which I agree is a nice thing to have, but with no impact on productivity).
But unfortunately it looks like I am the only one. 5th most requested feature is smooth scrolling. 19th is different wallpapers on different virtual desktops (that I believe is already in place btw through the "activity" framework), then we find screensaver for kdm, face detection, automatic volume level adjustment for songs, continuous resize for plasmoids, ... to find something slightly connected with working on a computer, like odd/even page selection you need to go down a few hundreds positions, n-up printing is not even there.