|Main Screen: Ethais Wallpaper + Kicker|
Reviewing this Linux distribution has reminded me of automotive news site Edmunds Inside Line's final review of the 2010 Mercury Grand Marquis in honor of Mercury's impending demise. It was a great nostalgic piece, as the car itself had turned into a weird mishmash of throwback controls and modern safety technology. For example, antilock brakes are present (as is traction control), yet the frame itself is a ladder-frame (like a truck, rather than a car's unibody frame) and the turn signals are operated by actual switches (as opposed to computerized systems). This is how I felt when testing Kubuntu 10.04 Trinity. It's a weird mishmash of old-school and new-school KDE.
So what is Trinity? For one, it's not the codename of this distribution — this version of Kubuntu 10.04 is still called "Lucid Lynx". Trinity is actually the name of a project that aims to revive, maintain, and further develop KDE 3.5 as a fork from the main KDE project. Yes, folks, KDE 3.5 has risen from the dead! [Insert dramatic sound effects here.] The project itself has had to overcome a lot of obstacles, chief among them the facts that Qt 3 has not been officially supported for 3 years (and rewriting the Qt code is just what the developers did for KDE 4) and that KDE 3.5 itself has not been actively developed or maintained for over 3 years. (Trinity is only a few months old.) That said, the Trinity packages are available for Ubuntu systems and can be installed alongside existing GNOME or KDE installations as a separate desktop environment. Trinity labels this newest release of KDE as KDE 3.5.11 (as the last official release was 3.5.10). Follow the jump to accompany me on a trip back to the future. (I had to say it. Sorry.)
|New Boot Menu followed by Old Boot Splash Logo + New Boot Splash Progress Bar|
|Konqueror 3.5.10 (old) and OpenOffice.org 3.2 (new)|
|Amarok 1.4 and KMenu|
|System Settings: New Layout, Old Theme|
So what's the verdict? I rather enjoyed (in a weird way) these odd couples of old and new features. For a first try (at getting KDE 3.5 back on Kubuntu), this is a really great release. I think Trinity will be able to find a home on many old computers as a viable alternative to LXDE and Xfce; it's fast, and it's customizable enough to be quite a looker (as I don't particularly care for the default look). I wish the developers the best of luck regarding the project's progress; more choice is always better. I would certainly recommend this to anyone who wants some way to stick with KDE 3.5 or some way to bring KDE onto an older computer.