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 segedunum on Wed 5th Aug 2009 21:40 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Great!"
segedunum
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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[8]: Great!
by segedunum on Wed 5th Aug 2009 21:49 in reply to "RE[7]: Great!"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

KDE 4 exposes quite a bit of functionality within X and chipset drivers that other software doesn't. Try KDE 4 with Intel or nVidia and you'll see that the only variable is the graphics drivers. You might get some issues with nVidia but at least they have a habit of updating their drivers and not leaving some chipsets in the lurch.

Personally, I don't know how you haven't seen other issues other than with KDE 4, especially with an integrated chipset (IGP). Accelerated video (Xv) for one thing is extremely bad with ATI and totally non-existant for IGPs.

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