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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Au contraire, KDE 4.1 is the fastest desktop ... on suitable hardware. Rather than au contraire, I think you mean however.

Actually, no. I actually meant "au contraire", which means "quite the opposite".

The claim was this:
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

KDE 4.1 desktop is in fact faster than Windows XP ... on hardware which has a graphics GPU with a working 2D driver for Linux.

KDE 4.1 uses the GPU to accelerate the rendering of the desktop graphics. Windows XP doesn't, it uses software to render the desktop graphics.

Of course, on systems where there is a bug in the 2D graphics driver that makes the GPU render many times SLOWER than software rendering, KDE 4.1 won't work at all well on such a system, and this graphics bug could give people the mistaken impression that KDE 4.1 is slow and bloated.

Edited 2008-11-18 05:56 UTC

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