Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Aug 2012 22:29 UTC
Gnome The future of GNOME - an interesting subject. GNOME 3 has been out and about for a while, and it hasn't exactly been a smashing success. One of the efforts to take GNOME to the next level is what the team refers to as GNOME OS - but in reality, it's a set of improvements to GNOME that are just as interesting to GNOME-the-desktop-environment.
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phoenix
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2005-07-11

Ever tried KDE 4 on a Pentium II machine?


I've run KDE 4.2 or 4.3 on an Asus eeePC 701, the original one, with a 600 MHz Celeron processor and only 256 (or 512?) MB of RAM, using the crappiest Intel video chipset around. Using the plasma-netbook interface. Worked quite nicely, until an update of the Intel video driver started causing horrible screen flicker. Used it as my work "laptop" for several months to diagnose network issues onsite.

I've also run KDE 4.3 (or maybe 4.4?) on a 2.8 GHz Celeron laptop with an Ati RADEON 7000 (barely has OpenGL 1.x support). Again, using the plasma-netbook interface. This was my HTPC for several years, playing XviD files over NFS over 54 Mbps wireless in Dragon Player. Worked beautifully. Even my wife could use it.

I have, and I can say with some confidence that it doesn't work at all. It takes ten minutes to start, and when it's finished starting none of the widgets respond to mouse clicks because the CPU is too busy cranking away doing nothing useful. And mind you, this is with maybe a dozen KB of swap space being used - it actually fits into 192 MB of RAM, but it's too much for the CPU and GPU.


Me thinks you were doing something wrong, then.

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