Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Jan 2008 20:47 UTC
KDE KDE's Aaron Seigo (who owes me a Martini) wrote about a few often-heard misconceptions and questions regarding KDE 4.0, which is supposed to be released January 11th. "Now that 4.0.0 is tagged and out and that bit of worry and concern is behind me for the moment, I wanted to take a moment to talk really bluntly about 4.0. In particular, I'm going to address some of the common memes in fairly random order that I see about kde 3.5 and 4.0. I'm going to speak bluntly (though not rudely) so prepare yourself."
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RE[5]: KDE 4!!!!!!!!!!!!
by elsewhere on Sat 5th Jan 2008 07:29 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: KDE 4!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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Even if you can get accurate memory measurements (which you can't really), it's made even more difficult by shared libraries and the fact that a desktop might consume more comparable memory on startup, but allow applications started thereafter to consume less comparable memory by reusing loaded components. How can you say that it uses more or less memory? You can't, but KDE tends to do a lot of this stuff.

You could compare functional requirements and ask how much memory is consumed when you have a web browser open, but that is a much more complete analysis I have never seen anyone do yet. Even then, it's still open to interpretation what comparable functionality is consuming all the memory.

It's interesting to note that KDE 3.5.6 is installable *and* usable (that being a relative term, of course) on the Nokia N770 and N800 internet tablets, with 64/128MB memory. Including Konq etc. Not perfectly, but the fact that it was accomplished by users and not KDE devs, speaks volumes about the basic design of KDE. Would be even more interesting to see what could be done with some optimizations from the KDE team, or a port to Qtopia instead of QT/X11 etc.

I think it emphasizes the fact that KDE is dependent upon the underlying platform, something frequently overlooked. Most standard linux distros include generic configs that are not optimized for resource or performance efficiency. Contrast that to the Nokia platforms, which have been designed as optimized platforms, and the difference is striking.

Put another way, I suspect that when KDE4 apps start appearing on Vista, for instance, people will complain that KDE4 needs at least 2GB of RAM and a high-end video card to run properly.

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