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[5]: Great!
by siride on Wed 5th Aug 2009 02:37 UTC 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[7]: Great!
by siride on Wed 5th Aug 2009 02:49 in reply to "RE[6]: Great!"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

I'm using the Open Source drivers and, like I said, they work great for everything but KDE4 and Qt4.

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RE[7]: Great!
by Elv13 on Wed 5th Aug 2009 02:51 in reply to "RE[6]: Great!"
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

It is available for X300 since years, the speed is even getting fine for compiz, but not yet perfect for KDE. They both get better, so it may work fine soon.

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RE[7]: Great!
by segedunum on Wed 5th Aug 2009 21:42 in reply to "RE[6]: Great!"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Yep. Yet another chipset falls into a hole between fglrx and the open source drivers.

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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[7]: Great!
by siride on Wed 5th Aug 2009 21:42 in reply to "RE[6]: Great!"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

As I posted before, most things *do* work okay...except KDE4/Qt4. I mean, 3d performance is pretty good, 2d is excellent for everything but KDE4. Compiz flies. kompmgr really flies. And that's using the open source drivers. I never experience crashes or odd slowdowns (again, except for KDE4).

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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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RE[7]: Great!
by lemur2 on Fri 7th Aug 2009 09:32 in reply to "RE[6]: Great!"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

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.


I have a graphics card on one machine that is described by lshw as follows:

description: VGA compatible controller
product: RV610 video device [Radeon HD 2400 PRO]
vendor: ATI Technologies Inc


I have Kubuntu Karmic Alpha 3 installed, and just recently that was updated to KDE 4.3.

Even though the radeon open source driver for this card does not yet support compositing and 3D harware acceleration, it does support 2D.

$ aptitude show xserver-xorg-video-radeon
Package: xserver-xorg-video-radeon
State: installed
Automatically installed: no
Version: 1:6.12.99+git20090629.f39cafc5-0ubuntu5
Priority: optional
Section: x11
Maintainer: Ubuntu Core Developers <ubuntu-devel-discuss@lists.ubuntu.com>
Uncompressed Size: 1032k
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.1.3), libpciaccess0, xserver-xorg-core (>= 2:1.5.99.901)
Suggests: firmware-linux
Replaces: xserver-xorg-video-ati (<= 1:6.8.191-1)
Provides: xserver-xorg-video-5
Description: X.Org X server -- ATI Radeon display driver
This driver for the X.Org X server (see xserver-xorg for a further description) provides support for the ATI Radeon and FireGL series. It provides the 'radeon' driver.

Note that this is not the same as the ATI-provided, binary-only, 'fglrx' driver, which provides additional 3D functionality for some newer Radeon cards, but is not supported.

This driver provides support for Radeon and FireGL series ATI cards.

More information about X.Org can be found at: <URL:http://www.X.org> <URL:http://xorg.freedesktop.org>
<URL:http://lists.freedesktop.org/mailman/listinfo/xorg>

This package is built from the X.org xf86-video-ati driver module.

$


KDE4 works better than it ever has before on this hardware. Better than any other desktop ever has, even Windows XP with a driver from ATI is not as snappy.

Bellisimo ... and it can only get better once compositing works.

It flies.

Oh, and Firefox 3.5 on this hardware with this driver is incredibly fast as well.

Edited 2009-08-07 09:38 UTC

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