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[6]: Good for KDE
by twitterfire on Fri 27th May 2011 08:32 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Good for KDE"
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Using less of the available GPU hardware resources for the desktop itself leaves more available for applications.

Which approach would you rather?

That's not entirely true. Which GPU stressing apps are you using in Linux? All apps using OpenGL and running on Linux doesn't stress the GPU too much. And even if they do stress the GPU, running full screen makes the GPU use the resources only for that app and not for desktop drawing.

Even if you use the full capabilities in OpenGL 4, you won't consume much resources and even a lousy GPU such as GMA 950 would do the job. Windows 7 Aero use the full power of DirectX but it doesn't use very much GPU power. I think the same is true for Os X quartz.

As someone said in this thread, not using the latest and greatest when you can it's a waste. The only logical reason for KDE and Compiz to use OpenGL ES 2.0 would be to support Wayland.

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