Linked by suka on Thu 25th Aug 2011 22:19 UTC
KDE "After years of focusing on further improving KDE4 two weeks ago the developers of the free desktop announced the next big step for their project: KDE Frameworks 5.0. But as long-time developer - and Plasma team leader - Aaron Seigo points out in an interview with, the source-incompatible changes shall be held to a minimum. Also calls Frameworks 5.0 only the "first step", new Applications and Workspace releases are to follow later, Seigo goes on to talk about the chances in the mobile market with Plasma Active and further areas of collaboration with the other big free desktop: GNOME."
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... How? Seriously, we want to know how you can cram a full DE onto a machine like that. Is the start time the usual 20 second wait? Longer even? Does the kickoff menu take half a minute to pop up? Does X keel over and die all the time?

I think the poster to which you are replying was being sarcastic. Apparently it went right over your head.

I'm not trying to troll here, honest. It's just that I've never seen KDE4 being anything other than a pig, especially with startup times. It does in fact use a little less RAM than KDE3, but lower RAM usage is not the be all and end all of performance. So if you know a way of making KDE4 usable on really low-end machines like your Pentium II, please, don't clam up about it!

Now it is you who are being sarcastic. I have never had KDE4 take more than 15 seconds (not counting the time it takes to enter a login password) to start, from pressing the power on switch all the way to a fully operational desktop, even on my 1GHz, 1GB shared video memory low end netbook machine.

The last time I ran Windows 7 on this same low-end machine, Widows 7 said there were updates (service pack 1 apparently), so I downloaded them before I switched off the machine. I took ages and ages to switch off, so I just assumed that Windows 7 had installed the updates during that switch-off sequence.

Silly me. I had occasion to use Windows 7 earlier this evening, and when I selected Windows 7 to boot from the Grub menu, I was surprised to see that it was installing the new updates. It took over an hour, including three re-boots, until I eventually got to a usable Windows desktop. Now that, my friend, is a pig of a performance if ever I saw one.

Fifteen seconds maximum for KDE4 to boot, compared to over an hour worst case (so far) for Windows 7, on the same hardware. Wow, that is just incredible. I wouldn't have believed it until I saw it for myself.

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