Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Oct 2010 14:17 UTC, submitted by Extend
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Yes, yes, it's that time of the year again - a new Fiona Apple album confirmed (which makes anything that happens between now and spring 2011 irrelevant and annoying), MorphOS 2.6 released (will be the next news item), and, of course, a new Ubuntu release showcasing the best of the best that the Free software world has to offer in the desktop world.
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RE[5]: Solid release
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 11th Oct 2010 14:51 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Solid release"
Thom_Holwerda
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I love these kinds of posts. It didn't fix this, or fix that, it performs like a dog.......and you never get to hear what the problem actually is. It reads more like an excuse for some reason......... I got it installed on a Macbook for crying out loud.


Don't lie. I've written quite clearly what the issue is: Kwin. It might sound like just one component, but the problem with Kwin is that once Kwin has issues, it permeates into everything else. If responsiveness is bad, everything is bad. If, in this day and age, you can't even code a properly responsive desktop (and I've yet to find the magic driver/hardware/distribution/KDE version combination that is responsive), then you've got problems - major problems.

The interesting thing is that I've had KDE developers confirm to me that Kwin simply has a lot of performance problems - so the people who actually code for KDE know there are problems. It's always the armchair folk such as yourself that gets all their panties in a twist because he can't grasp that there is a sizeable number of people who are experiencing problems with Kwin.

From day one, I've been extremely positive about KDE4 as a concept, and the progress has been phenomenal. It's just that Kwin is lagging behind (literally), but because it is such a vital component, it shows in daily use quite clearly. Moving windows around, opening menus, minimising/maximising, resizing - things you do all the time - things that add up.

KDE/Qt is miles ahead of GNOME/Gtk+ (both are miles behind Windows 7, mind) - it's just that when I have to choose between technologically advanced but unresponsive, or crude but responsive, the choice is simple.

Edited 2010-10-11 14:52 UTC

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