Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Nov 2011 21:31 UTC, submitted by Z_God
KDE Disappointed with KDE 4's performance and other shortcomings, Timothy Pearson continued KDE 3.5 development under the name Trinity. Today the first third major update of the Trinity Desktop Environment is released, providing an alternative upgrade path for KDE users who do not feel comfortable with KDE 4.
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Why not patch KDE4?
by kjn9 on Sat 5th Nov 2011 16:13 UTC
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I've used KDE since 1.x, and the early versions of KDE 4 had problems with crashes. I use Fedora and CentOS 6, and I haven't had a KDE 4 crash for years now.

I have to admit that KDE 4 has not yet reached the same quality as KDE 3.5, but mainly because the application writers have made small but annoying changes to the applications. Because 3.5 was near perfect, any changes are unlikely to be improvements.

I sometimes find that plasma-desktop uses a lot of memory (hundreds of megabytes) if it has been running for several days, but it can be killed and restarted, so problem solved.

I wonder if, rather than forking KDE 3.5, it would be better to fork KDE 4 and replace the parts that are troublesome. Some of the replacements might be popular, and be absorbed upstream.

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