Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Dec 2008 20:20 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris The first pre-release of Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring is now available. This alpha concentrates on updating to the major desktop components of the distribution, including KDE 4.2 Beta 2, GNOME 2.25.2, Xfce 4.6 Beta 2, X.org server 1.5, and kernel 2.6.28 rc8. It is also the first distribution to introduce the major new Tcl/Tk release, 8.6. The alpha is available only in the DVD Free edition with a traditional installer and no proprietary applications; future pre-releases will add the live CD One edition with proprietary drivers. Please help test this first pre-release and report bugs to Mandriva.
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RE[5]: KDE 3?
by lemur2 on Fri 26th Dec 2008 06:18 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: KDE 3?"
lemur2
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2007-02-17

"KDE 4 is, after all, the ONLY desktop environment for Linux that makes use of the system's GPU to accelerate graphics rendering of the desktop. As a consequence, it out-performs any other Linux desktop, even the "lightweight" ones such as fluxbox and openbox, on any system that has even a modest (but working) GPU.

Nice spin, lemur. MS's and Apple's reps would be hard pressed to do better. But to rephrase in clearer terms, KDE4 is the ONLY desktop environment that requires you to beta test proprietary video drivers, or have certain specific video hardware that has very specific feature support in FOSS drivers to be usable.

I'm sure you'll have a host of links to throw back that have little to do with the topic at hand.
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Never being one to disappoint, here is just such a link, just to please you:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomb_raider

Any point to this link? Well, only that the required level of graphics hardware capability to run KDE 4 was available in popular PCs as long ago as 1996. A pretty good estimate was that 12 years figure, no?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomb_raider#Reception
Upon its release in 1996, Tomb Raider was widely praised by gaming magazines for its revolutionary graphics, inventive gameplay, and involving storyline. The level of sophistication Tomb Raider reached by combining state-of-the-art graphics, an atmospheric soundtrack, and a cinematic approach to gameplay was at the time unprecedented.


It was state-of-the-art in PC graphics ... a full 12 years ago.

Edited 2008-12-26 06:21 UTC

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