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GetKDE.org progress – Discover KDE!

For the impatient, here is a link to the new page, and for those who missed the last post, here is a link to the GetKDE.org homepage. Finally, here is a screenshot of the newly added Explore page:

The homepage of GetKDE is essentially a hub with a teaser. The site structure itself is split into three sections, Software, Community, and Development.

Those completely new to everything KDE will start off in the Software section, via clicking the “Explore how KDE benefits me” option.

It is then important to market only what is relevant to the user – for KDE, this depends a lot on what device you have. KDE’s objective isn’t to convert users to Linux, however happy that makes our inner penguin, but instead to help people enjoy and make the most of their computing experience with KDE Software.

As a result, this is the page they will see. It’s objective is to make it clear what components make up a computer, which are Apps, Workspaces, and Framework. Different components will interest different people, and the availability of components are also limited depending on what the user is using. For example, Windows and Mac users won’t get a Workspace, but will get Apps and Framework. Mobile users get different Workspaces to non-mobile users. And so on.

The reason this initial segregation is so important is for several reasons:

  1. They are introduced to the branding jargon that KDE users, eg Apps, Workspaces, Framework and understand how it fits together
  2. This allows highly specific and targeted marketing in the next stage – no use comparing Kate to GEdit for a Windows user.
  3. Users understand the scope of KDE development that it isn’t just limited to desktops/laptops and are flexible to bend around what people use.

In other related news, the GetKDE.org homepage itself got a bit of a cleanup, which you can check out live via the link here, or in the below screenshot.

That’s it for this post! More to come!

For those particularly interested in this project, progress is tracked via its WIPUP project space.

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20 Comments

  1. I think the black gecko on the main page screenshot is not helping at all. It adds unnecessary clutter, and due to the transparent overlays it basically becomes a big grey stain that looks, well, the opposite of slick, clean & beautiful.

    Otherwise excellent project. I like the simple and pretty site layout and how you’ve radically cut back on distracting text.

  2. uetsah, you are completely right. I have to recreate that image as it does seem “cluttered out of the box” rather than beautiful.

    Thanks very much for the support.

  3. I think that it is good except of that big spot of violet screen. It reminds so much of Mac and Ubuntu default wallpepers. Although this colour is kinda trendy it sucks IMHO. Otherwise the colors are great.

    Keep up great work, Sir!

  4. andrez, that sounds like an aesthetic judgement – which means that I can’t exactly agree or disagree with you. However I do have the source file and it can be easily replaced in the future if others feel the same way.

    Thanks very much for the support too!

  5. Please make sure you get the idea: KDE does not turn KDE or Mac into the KDE Desktop. There are customizations possible that add Plasma layer on top of Windows’ shell but the core goal if KDE on Windows has always been to have the KDE Frameworks on Windows for portable, slick, apps development.

  6. jstaniek, that is correct. Which is why it says:

    “KDE offers an awesome Apps collection and a great Framework for developers”

    Notice how it does not mention Workspace.

    I also mentioned it in the post:

    “For example, Windows and Mac users won’t get a Workspace, but will get Apps and Framework. Mobile users get different Workspaces to non-mobile users. And so on.”

    So yes, don’t worry :)

  7. Wow! This looks amazing! Stunning, really. I believe that (apart from the aesthetics, which I love) this is the way to go: making it simpler, with less options, and geared more towards the non-geek crowd, without dropping its usefulness for those who want to contribute. Great work!

    Oh, and I have been meaning to tell you this since you posted the news item, but your site was down a lot. I guess other who appreciate your work might have had similar issues.

    Cheers,

    mutlu

  8. Thanks very much, mutlu!

    The server had some unexpected downtime which was sadly out of my control. It was very inconvenient timing. Things have been fixed now and shouldn’t happen again :)

  9. “…however happy that makes our inner penguin…”
    Spreading Free Software operating systems is more important than making inner penguins happy…

  10. The User, it is a little controversial, but the logic is simple: KDE does not produce Linux. KDE does not produce any form of an operating system. One of KDE’s greatest strengths is also compatibility _across_ operating systems as well as different form factors.

    As a result, it is not KDE’s primary objective to promote Linux, even though Unix-based OSes are the only ones who support the “full” KDE experience.

    So that is why I have separated the Unix/Linux/BSD option and given it preference as opposed to the “alternative” option of Windows/Mac/Tablets/Mobiles below. It gives emphasis where required, but doesn’t exclude from those who are clearly not looking towards changing their entire workflow. In fact, lowering the change threshold like this actually helps attracts people towards free software OSes as they get a taste of what is available.

  11. In reply to:

    Alejandro Nova says: (25 November 2011)

    About the page, please, if you can, redownload Lato. There have been important improvements with the font these days. You can get the font in http://www.latofonts.com

    Will do, I am currently using the Google Web Fonts version – the updated font will come along with the next update of GetKDE :)

    Thanks for the heads up on the font, and it’s great to have somebody very passionate about the font and who keep a close eye on its implementation.

  12. First of all: Very nice :)

    Though I have quite a few little suggestions:
    -You should care to remove aliasing in images. Even if it seems not so relevant it is.
    -“Turn your Windows, Mac or Linux into Something beautiful” doesn’t sound very good, imho. I don’t want a beautiful Windows/Mac/Linux, I want to have a beautiful computing experience. (Maybe sth. like “Turn your Computer[Computing Experience] into Something beautiful”?)
    -Even if Windows is supported by KDE and the most used OS, Linux is still the main target platform, so it deserves to be the first Symbol on the package-image, imho
    -It’s not common in KDE for drop-shadows/glowing-effects to have offsets (the man with the package has a glowing effect with offset) so I suggest to remove the offset
    -At least I associate the red label SOFTWARE and the red strip at the top with error. I would consider changing the color here
    -As already said by others, I suggest to remove at least one of the icons on the right side of the top image to make it look more clean

    Even if these are quite a lot of points the overall look is very nice!

  13. It looks nice, but it is missing an emphasis on “free software” – as in freedom, in the moto and bold text.

  14. akreuzkamp,

    1) you’re right about the aliasing, there are a few annoying ones I need to fix up – sometimes I forget it’s just a darker layer underneath which gives it that aliased effect.
    2) I did consider “computing experience” however decided against it because “Windows/Mac/Linux” is very informative and relevant, whereas “computing experience” is one of those buzzwords which everybody agrees to. Things like “usable” and “flexible” and stuff like that.
    3) Also considered, and decided against. First in the package image doesn’t actually mean “most drawn to” as far as the eye is concerned. In fact, the Windows icon is partly covered, and the current location of the Linux icon already is the most eye-catching.
    4) You’re right about this one – but I’m not too sure how to otherwise backdrop the image.
    5) Will change if others pick up on it to.
    6) This hasn’t been said by others. But if other do, I’ll definitely change it.

    Thanks very much for your feedback and I’ll mull over it all, of course. This is just a first draft and will likely get some cleaning up just as the homepage did.

  15. Petr, I haven’t forgotten about that, of course! But “Free software” as in libre is another complicated concept to those who haven’t yet heard about open-source before. The ability to separate “apps, workspaces and framework” is another complicated concept. One concept shall be tackled at a time :)

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