Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Aug 2009 00:12 UTC, submitted by rexstuff
KDE The KDE team has released KDE 4.3. This release comes packed with improvements and bug fixes - in fact, over the last six months, 10000 bugs were squashed, 2000 feature requests handled, and 63000 changes were checked in by 700 people. We've already talked about this new release in quite some detail last week, but let's take a look at the most important new features anyway.
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RE[4]: Great!
by lemur2 on Wed 5th Aug 2009 02:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Great!"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

I'm tired of the excuses. Qt4 and GTK+ are just plain slow and there's no getting around that. And to top it off, while KDE 3.5 and to some extent GTK+ apps have been getting faster on my machine as my X drivers and server improve, Qt 4 has gone considerably slower. That just doesn't make sense. Somebody is screwing up.


Your machine wouldn't have Intel graphics by any chance would it?

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=intel_q309_flake...

On my test machine, KDE 4.3 is faster than any previous version of KDE (including KDE 3 series) and faster than GNOME.

Edited 2009-08-05 02:35 UTC

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RE[5]: Great!
by siride on Wed 5th Aug 2009 02:37 in reply to "RE[4]: Great!"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

I have ATI Radeon Mobility X300 (r300) with 64 MB of video memory. It's really pretty performant...except when it comes to Qt4. Of course Windows flies, but that's to be expected since they actually know how to write a performant graphics system.

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RE[6]: Great!
by lemur2 on Wed 5th Aug 2009 02:48 in reply to "RE[5]: Great!"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I have ATI Radeon Mobility X300 (r300) with 64 MB of video memory. It's really pretty performant...except when it comes to Qt4. Of course Windows flies, but that's to be expected since they actually know how to write a performant graphics system.


fglrx has dropped support for this chipset, and it never worked well with KDE4 for older versions. KDE4 exposes some aspects of the graphics driver that no other software does.

New open source drivers for ATI chipsets might be available in a few months, by all reports.

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RE[6]: Great!
by segedunum on Wed 5th Aug 2009 21:40 in reply to "RE[5]: Great!"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

ATI is junk I'm afraid. Use Intel or nVidia if you can. At least 'most' things will actually work OK. You end up falling into holes where either fglrx supports what you need but doesn't support your chips set, or the open source drivers support your chipset but not the features you need to get things working.

Edited 2009-08-05 21:41 UTC

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RE[6]: Great!
by atdbds on Fri 7th Aug 2009 03:24 in reply to "RE[5]: Great!"
atdbds Member since:
2009-08-07

I have a ATI Technologies Inc RV370 5B60 [Radeon X300 (PCIE)] and everything worked fine here in KDE 4.2 and now KDE 4.3. The proprietary driver from ATI of course no longer supports my hardware ; so I use the radeon open source driver with all the bling (read: compositing) enabled ; so not all ATI cards are affected or useless and it most definitely is not a KDE issue as it works for me.

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