Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th May 2009 09:41 UTC, submitted by lemur2
KDE It slipped by us, but the KDE team has released another minor bugfix release of KDE 4.2, version 4.2.3, a few days ago. Being a bugfix release, there are few user-visible changes, but still, there are a few things that stand out. "Online IMAP filtering in KMail has been fixed, KMail's system tray icon now reacts to changes to folder properties and updates the number of emails shown there automatically, and bugfixes, performance improvements and optimization in KHTML - painting and interoperability with web standards has been further improved."
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Caveat: Because KDE4 expects its font rendering and drawing to be hardware-accelerated, it actually does attempt to do a lot more font rendering and drawing. As an experiment, re-size a Konqueor window on a KDE3 machine, and then do the same on a KDE4 machine. On KDE3, an outline of the Window at its new size will be drawn until you let the mouse button go, when the complete window is re-drawn at its new size. Once. On KDE4, the windows is continuously re-drawn over and over at differing sizes to "animate" the re-size operation.

Are you talking about rubber-banding? In kde3 you can go to 'Control Centre' -> 'Desktop' -> 'Window Behaviour' and click on tab 'Moving'. There you can select if you want to display contents of moving and resizing windows. This is not a new trick. I get your point about kde4 being slow on machines that don't have fast GPU. But a fast GPU should not be a requirement, i.e. some people don't want all the eye candy, they would rather have a basic and fast desktop. Anything on top of that should be optional. I think kde4 is trying to be so much like Windows Vista or Mac OS X, they have neglegted the basic philosophy of Unix - keep it simple stupid.

Edited 2009-05-08 13:54 UTC

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