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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AdamW
Member since:
2005-07-06

"There is a severe Nvidia bug in their binary driver for Linux that causes Xrender to be many times SLOWER than software graphics rendering (as used by all other Linux desktops). KDE 4.1 uses either the Xrender or OpenGL APIs to allow the GPU to render the desktop. For any graphics card and driver, other than Nvidia card using Nvidia's binary driver for Linux, KDE 4.1 renders many times FASTER than any other non-accelerated desktop."

This mostly doesn't really affect Mandriva 2009. We added a hack to apply the nvidia-settings tweaks that fix it on most hardware, out of the box.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"There is a severe Nvidia bug in their binary driver for Linux that causes Xrender to be many times SLOWER than software graphics rendering (as used by all other Linux desktops). KDE 4.1 uses either the Xrender or OpenGL APIs to allow the GPU to render the desktop. For any graphics card and driver, other than Nvidia card using Nvidia's binary driver for Linux, KDE 4.1 renders many times FASTER than any other non-accelerated desktop."

This mostly doesn't really affect Mandriva 2009. We added a hack to apply the nvidia-settings tweaks that fix it on most hardware, out of the box.


Very good move. Without doing that there would have been all sorts of reports all over the Internet that Mandriva 2009.0 was "slow and buggy" because of the Nvidia bug.

As it is ... you just don't hear very much about it any more as far as reviews go. That means the naysayers have had to shut up and go all quite ...

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DeadFishMan Member since:
2006-01-09

"There is a severe Nvidia bug in their binary driver for Linux that causes Xrender to be many times SLOWER than software graphics rendering (as used by all other Linux desktops). KDE 4.1 uses either the Xrender or OpenGL APIs to allow the GPU to render the desktop. For any graphics card and driver, other than Nvidia card using Nvidia's binary driver for Linux, KDE 4.1 renders many times FASTER than any other non-accelerated desktop."

This mostly doesn't really affect Mandriva 2009. We added a hack to apply the nvidia-settings tweaks that fix it on most hardware, out of the box.


If that is true, then I will give it a spin as soon as I have a chance. While I was generally impressed with KDE 4.1 - based on the looks, still don't like some of the regressions - when I played with it on Debian Experimental, I was also affected by the infamous nVidia driver bug and therefore the whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth.

And I really like the default KDE 4 look of the latest iterations of both Mandriva and SUSE offerings.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

> While I was generally impressed with KDE 4.1 - based on the looks, still don't like some of the regressions

If you could be a little more specific here, perhaps I can help.

For example, many people do not like the Kickoff menu, either in the new mode or in the "classic" mode. If you are in this group, I might suggest you try the Lancelot menu instead.

http://lancelot.fomentgroup.org/main

http://ivan.fomentgroup.org/blog/2007/10/27/lancelot-revealed/

This alternative menu for KDE4 is actually quite nice.

For any KDE applications that are not yet ready for KDE4, you can always run the KDE3 version. Most distributions will ship KDE this way.

So ... what exactly are the remaining "regressions" in your view?

http://ourlan.homelinux.net/img/?Qwd=./images&Qiv=name&Qis=M

Edited 2008-11-18 11:44 UTC

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AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

It's true, but then it'd probably be easier for you just to apply the fixes yourself, it's not actually that hard:

http://userbase.kde.org/GPU-Performance

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