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[6]: Great!
by lemur2 on Wed 5th Aug 2009 02:48 UTC 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[8]: Great!
by lemur2 on Wed 5th Aug 2009 03:46 in reply to "RE[7]: Great!"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

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


And, like I said, KDE4 and Qt4 expose functionality is graphics drivers that no other software does.

Since earlier open source drivers for ATI were reverse engineered (as opposed to designed from OEM specifications), no doubt there are shortcomings in those drivers. Wait for the new drivers to come out (which won't be long now), the ones that have been designed after the specifications were made available.

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RE[8]: Great!
by tosky on Wed 5th Aug 2009 12:45 in reply to "RE[7]: Great!"
tosky Member since:
2009-08-05
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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