Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th May 2011 21:27 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
KDE "KDE has released a first beta of the upcoming 4.7 release of the Plasma Desktop and Netbook workspaces, the KDE Applications and the KDE Frameworks, which is planned for July 27, 2011. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team's focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing new and old functionality."
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RE: kwin performance
by lemur2 on Thu 26th May 2011 23:13 UTC in reply to "kwin performance"
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my only real gripe with kde4 is kwin performance. is nowhere near as smooth as compiz fusion and others. and that's a i7 with a rather fast intel graphics (yeah yeah its not an heavy 3D game but hell, its WAY more than kwin should need - and certainly compiz/win7 and even osx run extremely smooth)

At various stages in the KDE 4 evolution kwin did indeed have poor performance at some releases. Sometimes this was due to kwin itself, and at other times it has been due to kwin exposing deficiencies in underlying drivers that have been dormant for years (with no programs actually exercising the drivers in that way).

Lately though, it has picked up again. On my modest Athlon 64x2 system, kwin with compositing (Arch Linux, KDE 4.6.3) is faster and more responsive than Windows. Some time ago I used to have to temporarily switch off kwin compositing (Shift + Alt + F12) if I wanted to view anything but the smallest of videos smoothly, but lately that has not been necessary.

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