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 14:55 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Great!"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

"KDE4 absolutely flies on systems where the graphics stack works properly. Fastest desktop there is.


And how do I get to such a system? What parts? What drivers? I'm genuinely interested.
"

Frankly, I have no idea.

What I do know is that on some systems KDE4 absolutely flies. Faster than any other desktop.

By no means is this the case for all systems, but it is so for some.

The thing is ... this fact alone exonerates KDE4. You can have a situation where fast software is slowed down by something else on a particular system, but you cannot have a case where slow software is made fast on particular systems.

Ergo, KDE4 itself is not slow. If KDE4 itself was slow, it would be slow everywhere.

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RE[7]: Great!
by sbergman27 on Wed 5th Aug 2009 14:58 in reply to "RE[6]: Great!"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

"""
And how do I get to such a system? What parts? What drivers? I'm genuinely interested.
"""

Frankly, I have no idea.

So.... Lemur2 does not actually *have* a system which performs well with KDE4. He's certainly never mentioned that before. All this time, he's only been going on what he's heard some other people claim.

Edited 2009-08-05 15:02 UTC

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RE[8]: Great!
by lemur2 on Wed 5th Aug 2009 15:09 in reply to "RE[7]: Great!"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

So.... Lemur2 does not actually *have* a system which performs well with KDE4. He's certainly never mentioned that before. He's only going on what he's heard other people claim then.


Why would you say this?

I have two desktop systems where KDE performs very well, one with ATI graphics and a dual-core AMD64 CPU and the other with legacy nvidia graphics and an Intel Pentium CPU. I have no idea exactly why these particular systems are fine with KDE4, but the fact is they are.

I also have a number of different netbooks with Intel GMA graphics where the performance is (currently) quite mundane (but not utterly unusable, after taking a bit of care in de-selecting certain desktop effects, but making sure to still enable compositing).

Edited 2009-08-05 15:11 UTC

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RE[7]: Great!
by boldingd on Wed 5th Aug 2009 21:50 in reply to "RE[6]: Great!"
boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

The thing is ... this fact alone exonerates KDE4. You can have a situation where fast software is slowed down by something else on a particular system, but you cannot have a case where slow software is made fast on particular systems.

Ergo, KDE4 itself is not slow. If KDE4 itself was slow, it would be slow everywhere.


It's entirely possible for some quirk of a system to allow software that poorly suits the general case to out-perform software that is well-written for the general case. The fact that KDE4 may have, at some point, in time, for some very specific configuration, out-performed all other DE's (however you'd measure that), does not mean that, in general, KDE4 is never the performance problem.
I'm also assuming that "every other DE" means, say, XFCE, Gnome, maybe XP and Vista, maybe even OS X. If you're trying to get me to believe that KDE4 out-performed BlackBox (again, however you measure it) on the same hardware, well, I'll call BS on that particular claim. ;)

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