Re: Being Using Since 12.2 RC2
I just ported to the new version from 11.4 which I had a very nice KDE3 setup on. Still have it on some of my smaller systems, but I'm impressed by some of what has been done on 12.2. Still having a few problems, however, since KDE3 has stopped allowing me to do some pretty mundance things such as unmount USB drives and SD cards that I actually loaded. It also appears that the sysinfo: kio_slave is broken under KDE3 though KDE4 has no problems that way.
Systemd, the new boot system, has certainly improved since 12.1 in that it actually works this time (12.1 failed on nearly every installation I tried though it was easily switched back to sysvinit which worked fine there - there seems to be some real paranoia about anyone going back to sysvinit on 12.2). I even managed, with a little jiggery-pokery, to grab my old 11.4 profile and sling it into the new profile, something that worked well for some of the Wine stuff I use including Tweetdeck, though things got a bit messy with Firefox and LibreOffice.
I also used this as an excuse to sling an SSD into the mix as the new system drive which really makes the whole thing run well, especially as some of the things you need to do to get an SSD to run right actually work without you having to do anything other than state that the partitions in question need to run with the discard switch in the fstab file.
I'm not completely sold on 12.2 (I mean 11.4 was a hard act to follow and 12.1 certainly didn't cut it IMHO) but having run it for a few days now, it has an impressive feel to it. Haven't used KDE4 much yet, though it will get its run in at some point but I suspect that the fiddling behind the scenes on such things as HAL could explain some of the messier problems with KDE3 at this point. Yes, this probably means what the original article says; "they need to polish the rough edges".