Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Nov 2008 19:19 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Thanks to the Mandriva Xfce volunteer development team, a community Xfce One edition of Mandriva Linux 2009 is now available for download from all official Mandriva mirrors. A list of download locations can be found on the Wiki page. This release gives you all the benefits of Mandriva Linux 2009 along with a fast and stable Xfce desktop.
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The only problem is the bloated KDE 4.1 desktop. It's much slower than Windows XP on say a 1 GHz processor and 256 MiB RAM; but with Xfce instead of KDE, it is highly competitive.

Yeah, I've tried several KDE4 live CDs and noticed they all have one thing in common: they're slow as hell, to the point of locking up my machine with a 1.7GHz P4 and 256 megs of RAM. I thought, well, it could be that they're live CDs and maybe not set to use swap for whatever reason, badly laid out on disc, or maybe just KDE4 is not "ready" yet. After all, I have tried a few alpha and beta live CD demos.

I tried installing the kubuntu-desktop package after attempting an in-place upgrade to Ubuntu 8.10 to get a first-hand experience with KDE4, hoping for the best. The environment is at 4.1 or somewhere around there, and KDE were saying it should be mostly up to par with the original plans by then. Well... Ubuntu did do its upgrade and install KDE4 fine, but... the DE ran (err... crawled) like as POS. No lockups, but everything else remained.

Couple that with the fact that new versions of pretty much all the other major distros supporting KDE4 continue to lock up, give errors, and just run slow as hell... apparently I shouldn't have given KDE the chance. KDE4 is just a bloated desktop environment.

Disappointing that so many "big" distros are so quick to ditch KDE3, which is actually relatively light. Honestly, KDE4 reminds me of Vista in terms of its huge footprint. Hopefully Slackware releases one more with KDE3 before switching to the new release.

Edited 2008-11-18 01:24 UTC

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