Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Jun 2008 21:46 UTC
KDE KDE 4.1, which is supposed to become the KDE4 version usable by 'normal' people, is coming at the end of July. When Ars reviewed the beta release, they were positive in that it was moving forward at an "extraordinary pace". Despite the positive notions in the news, many seem to have problems actually seeing all the new stuff being done in KDE4 - just like how people fail to see the massive amount of work put into Vista. KDE developer Rafael Fernandez Lopez (I'm sorry for the lack of diacritical marks, an OSNews bug we're working on) decided to put together a screencast showing off all the new stuff coming in KDE 4.1.
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Stability
by reldruh on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 00:01 UTC
reldruh
Member since:
2007-02-05

For those interested in how stable it is, I can vouch for the fact that the stability has been increasing hand in hand with features. Things that used to bring it to a crawl within a few minutes (like playing the breakout clone) now have no noticeable effect on performance, compositing effects never crash on me anymore, all the applications I've tried are pretty stable (amarok, kontact, etc.). A lot of that has happened in the last month and if it keeps improving at the same rate for the next ~2 months it's going to be great.

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RE: Stability
by prickett on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 00:12 in reply to "Stability"
prickett Member since:
2007-04-03

Using the live CD's here http://home.kde.org/~binner/kde-four-live/ I have no problem at all crashing KDE4 within about 20 minutes of use, by only clicking around the desktop and loading programs. Plasma itself is extremely unstable.

Probably need to wait until KDE 4.3+ before it could seriously be used.

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RE[2]: Stability
by sbergman27 on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 00:17 in reply to "RE: Stability"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Using the live CD's here http://home.kde.org/~binner/kde-four-live/ I have no problem at all crashing KDE4 within about 20 minutes of use, by only clicking around the desktop and loading programs. Plasma itself is extremely unstable.

Probably need to wait until KDE 4.3+ before it could seriously be used.


From home.kde.org? At least no one can claim that it is just a problem with some distro's packages. :-)

Edited 2008-06-02 00:20 UTC

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RE[2]: Stability
by _txf_ on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 02:55 in reply to "RE: Stability"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Personally I've never had much luck with live cds of kde4.0.x and 4.x .

However whenever I have built from svn it has been more stable (except when big changes went in like WOC).

Those packages are built quickly and shoved onto a live cd so you can't expect production quality not to mention the fact that it is STILL BETA people getting crashes is not exactly unexpected.

You should expect crashes...those that don't have them are the lucky ones.

there are still 2 months to go. Feature freeze is in effect...it's bug fixing for the next 2 months before release.

If you feel that it isn't ready for you until 4.3...so be it...just be aware that for many of us it is perfectly usable at 4.1 (or will be)

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RE[2]: Stability
by Havin_it on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 08:32 in reply to "RE: Stability"
Havin_it Member since:
2006-03-10

Binner's KDE4 CDs haven't worked too well for me... didn't even enable hardware accel for my Intel video card by default, and was pretty unstable (circa 4.0.3).

The best LiveCD I've tried was the Kubuntu Hardy KDE4 edition. Worked really smoothly, including the compositing niceness.

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