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[7]: Great!
by siride on Wed 5th Aug 2009 02:49 UTC 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[9]: Great!
by siride on Wed 5th Aug 2009 03:51 in reply to "RE[8]: Great!"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

I'm sorry, the drivers provide enough features to implement things as simple as drawing lines, rectangles and images. I can understand transparency and such requiring more advanced functionality (although it works fine with Compiz and kompmgr), but that does not in any way explain 2d performance, which is pretty well-optimized at this point.

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RE[9]: Great!
by sbergman27 on Wed 5th Aug 2009 03:53 in reply to "RE[8]: Great!"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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

Which simply illustrates one of the poor design decisions at the foundation of KDE4.

Yes, Lemur, you've been spinning that as an excuse for months or years. But at the end of the day, users don't care about excuses. They care about having something that works.

Edited 2009-08-05 03:55 UTC

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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[9]: Great!
by siride on Wed 5th Aug 2009 13:52 in reply to "RE[8]: Great!"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

I wouldn't be complaining like this if I hadn't already spent time tweaking my drivers. EXA is now the default for the Radeon driver and I've been using it for years. I've even tweaked it further by changing the FBTexPercent option in xorg.conf, which actually improves 2d performance significantly, at the cost of 3d performance (which I don't really care about most of the time).

Again, KDE 3.5.10 and to a lesser extent GTK+ apps are all responsive and quickly drawn. It's only Qt4 and KDE4 apps that make me feel like I'm using drivers from 3 years ago.

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