Re: KDE for me..
Xorg forever. Down with Wayland.
I have fond memories of my old Maemo-based Nokia N900. Maemo, being based on Debian, ran a full blown X server in my pocket complete with 3G connectivity, yet still had all-day battery life. Any Qt-based desktop app could be ported over without fuss, and It had an amazingly powerful native terminal that made full use of the mechanical slide-out keyboard.
But the best thing was being able to SSH into my uni's Linux cluster and pull up plots during lectures in full-fat Matlab that would have taken a while to produce even on a desktop PC. By the time we got to the labs, I had already done it.
But then around the same time as the infamous Stephen Elop, Meego came along (apparently a collab with Intel) and ripped out dpkg to replace it with yum (why??) and replaced X with Wayland. It sucked. Then Elop killed the whole company and sold it to Microsoft. Conspiracies abound.
And obviously I whole-heartedly agree about KDE. I have been using KDE since 2003, and I don't know why anyone would use Gnome these days.
KDE Plasma 5 is where KDE 3.5 used to be - powerful, modern and stable. Even my Bluetooth mouse 'just works' via the KDE widget, as does my VPN. And thanks to Steam/Proton, I rarely if ever need to boot Windows.
If I'm ever forced to use Windows (i.e. at work) I constantly find myself cursing the start menu (among other windows features), because the Windows type-to-find finds all sorts of rubbish that I don't need, it doesn't seem to prioritise stuff that's actually in the start menu. Whereas the KDE menu is so much faster.
Why is a hardware company writing software anyway? As someone else mentioned, all they need to do is get the laptop keyboard right. Writing a desktop environment from scratch in Rust is maybe biting off a little more they can chew, if it's to compete with Gnome never mind KDE.