Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Nov 2008 19:19 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Thanks to the Mandriva Xfce volunteer development team, a community Xfce One edition of Mandriva Linux 2009 is now available for download from all official Mandriva mirrors. A list of download locations can be found on the Wiki page. This release gives you all the benefits of Mandriva Linux 2009 along with a fast and stable Xfce desktop.
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lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

Au contraire, KDE 4.1 is the fastest desktop ... on suitable hardware. Rather than au contraire, I think you mean however.


Actually, no. I actually meant "au contraire", which means "quite the opposite".

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/au_contraire

The claim was this:
The only problem is the bloated KDE 4.1 desktop. It's much slower than Windows XP on say a 1 GHz processor and 256 MiB RAM


KDE 4.1 desktop is in fact faster than Windows XP ... on hardware which has a graphics GPU with a working 2D driver for Linux.

KDE 4.1 uses the GPU to accelerate the rendering of the desktop graphics. Windows XP doesn't, it uses software to render the desktop graphics.

Of course, on systems where there is a bug in the 2D graphics driver that makes the GPU render many times SLOWER than software rendering, KDE 4.1 won't work at all well on such a system, and this graphics bug could give people the mistaken impression that KDE 4.1 is slow and bloated.

Edited 2008-11-18 05:56 UTC

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mounty Member since:
2005-12-12

I have run Mandriva + KDE 4.1 and MS Windows XP SP2 on the same machine, of the specification stated above (P4 11 GHz, 256 MiB) and I assure you that Mandriva is significantly slower and less responsive.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I have run Mandriva + KDE 4.1 and MS Windows XP SP2 on the same machine, of the specification stated above (P4 11 GHz, 256 MiB) and I assure you that Mandriva is significantly slower and less responsive.


I have run Mandriva + KDE 4.1 and MS Windows XP SP2 on the same machine, and I assure you that XP SP2 is significantly slower and less responsive.

It heavily depends on the machine, I would suggest.

http://aseigo.blogspot.com/2008/09/on-kde4-performance.html

If KDE 4.1 is too heavy for your machine, and/or the machine does not have a correct GPU+linux driver for working 2D graphics acceleration under X11, then use either Mandriva + XFCE or Mandriva + LXDE to get better-than-XP performance.

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sigzero Member since:
2006-01-03

And? KDE 4.1 is fugly. I had to turn off the "flash" to make it usable.

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