Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Dec 2013 21:15 UTC, submitted by JRepin

Plasma 2 Technology Preview demonstrates the current development status. The Plasma 2 user interfaces are built using QML and run on top of a fully hardware accelerated graphics stack using Qt5, QtQuick 2 and an OpenGL(-ES) scenegraph. Plasma 2 is a converged workspace shell that can run and switch between user interfaces for different formfactors, and makes the workspace adaptable to a given target device.

Plasma 2 is not a complete rewrite; it's a port to a new graphics system (a fully hardware accelerated OpenGL(ES) scenegraph).

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RE[3]: 3D support required?
by lemur2 on Thu 26th Dec 2013 00:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: 3D support required?"
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"KDE in particular these days is a very slick desktop out of the box on Intel or AMD/ATI systems. Far faster and less frustrating than Windows on the same hardware.

I don't dispute this. As I mentioned in my first post, I admire KDE 4.x because it does run on pretty much any computer that has a working Xorg with no special graphics requirements. My concern is that KDE 5 will be a drastic regression in this respect.

I don't see how, at least on Intel or AMD/ATI systems. As I said, capable open source graphics drivers with very decent performance are already working out of the box on Intel or AMD/ATI systems. This includes hardware video decoding, dynamic power management and full 3D support.

As the article linked to is all about, given working graphics drivers, the move to Plasma 2 is a performance boost, not a regression.

Edited 2013-12-26 00:32 UTC

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