Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Oct 2011 21:33 UTC, submitted by mahmudinashar
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ah, it's that time of the year again. We already had this up on the sidebar, but I figured we'd turn it into a proper front page item - mostly because I want to discuss the move by the Ubuntu team to no longer install GNOME 2 as the 'classic' desktop option - which pretty much ends any and all involvement for me with Ubuntu (KDE 4 here I come). There's more to this than just that, of course, so those of you who do like Unity still have enough reason to upgrade.
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RE[7]: @Thom
by lemur2 on Sat 15th Oct 2011 08:44 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: @Thom"
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"If you prefer "close to the metal" distributions, then Arch Linux (with open source graphics drivers) is quite nice with KDE4.

I have used KDE on Arch since 4.2 and finally gave up about a week ago.

I have fairly powerful hardware (a 3 gigahertz core 2 duo, 4 gigs ram, 9800 gtx video card), yet I had persistent random freezes in every version. The entire desktop would just freeze for 5-10 seconds during which I could do nothing. It would then eventually unfreeze and all the queued mouse events from my frustrated clicking around would fire simultaneously.

Dolphin would randomly fail mounting drives that a simple mount command was able to do successfully without a hitch.

I'm not sure what nepomuk is or what it's supposed to do, but all it did do was make my computer curl up in pain until I finally disabled it.

Recently, when I upgraded to the newest version on the next boot I literally did not recognize my desktop anymore. It decided that it will go into 'activities view' or something to that effect on boot up. I never used activities. Didn't even know they existed, but now they were being shoved down my throat.

I finally got fed up and wiped all traces of KDE from my system. I'm running a tiling window manager now and I'm much happier.

If your underlying system works, KDE exhibits exactly none of the behaviour you mention. It is fast and responsive in and of itself, as long as the underlying system and drivers work properly.

Activities are not "forced down your throat" in any way. You can ignore activities entirely if you want to, there is absolutely nothing about activities that you must use.

Just to explain what activities are ... you might find the when you are browsing the internet you like your desktop set up one way, but when you are working on a document you like it set up another way. "Activities" simply let you save, and later reload, different setups of your desktop. You can have a setup for every purpose if you like. You can even have different setups (or activities) loaded on different virtual desktops. It is very powerful and flexible, and no other desktop software provides this power.

However, I say again, if you don't want to use this feature, you don't have to. You are not forced to use activities. Just use the one all-purpose desktop setup all the time, just as other desktops constrain you to.

Edited 2011-10-15 08:45 UTC

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