Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Jul 2009 20:10 UTC
KDE For a very long time now, I've been on the hunt for a distribution that really put a lot of effort into their KDE4 implementation. This has been a frustrating search, full of broken installations, incredibly slow performance, and so many visual artifacts they made my eyes explode. Since KDE 4.3 is nearing release, I had to pick up this quest in order to take a look at where 4.3 stands - and I found a home in the KDE version of Fedora 11. Read on for a look as to where KDE 4.3 currently stands.
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Mandriva is nice
by Mark Williamson on Mon 27th Jul 2009 21:44 UTC
Mark Williamson
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2005-07-06

I'm running Mandriva with KDE4 on my Eee 701 and it's really nice. I had to upgrade the memory - KDE4 plus Mandriva's memory-hungry tools kept crashing it on the default 512MB (no swap configured). But with 2GB in there it runs smoothly with KWin effects enabled and it's generally a pretty slick experience. A few niggles (some bugs which may have been fixed now) but mostly rather impressive.

Kubuntu is what I use on my desktop. I think their KDE 4.2 release is the nicest to use yet (partly because 4.2 is the best release so far) but it does have some annoying issues that I don't see on my Eee. Some of this is probably due to the install just being old and hacked about. Maybe I should just go and use Konstruct and compile my KDE from source and see if that improves things - I understand it's not too hard to do.

One advantage of Kubuntu, though, is that packaged versions of each new KDE release do come out very quickly, so I can upgrade right away and play with the new features! Obviously that's not a fully supported release, so it wouldn't be fair to judge Kubuntu too harshly over it.

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