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Uhm
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 25th Dec 2009 14:52 UTC
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

All the same machines, but with Windows 7 (and Kubuntu with KDE 4.4B2), and my media centres with Windows XP (bedroom) and Windows 7 (living room). My netbook has fallen to disuse as I no longer need it for school, and I've been messing around with it aimlessly (Moblin 2.1 at the moment).

The only real addition is my iPhone.

KDE 4.3 was still a disaster for me (crash after crash, incredibly bad performance and responsiveness on an insanely powerful machine), but 4.4 beta 2 seems to be at least slightly better. I think we'll hit KDE 3.5.x performance levels somewhere around KDE 4.8 or 4.9 - and lest we forget, KDE 3.5 didn't need the GPU. It's all so counterintuitive.

Edited 2009-12-25 14:57 UTC

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RE: Uhm
by Narishma on Fri 25th Dec 2009 15:22 in reply to "Uhm"
Narishma Member since:
2005-07-06

I think it's something to do with your setup. Perhaps the graphics card or its drivers, because I've never had performance problems with KDE4 and I use it on a netbook.

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RE[2]: Uhm
by lemur2 on Sun 27th Dec 2009 05:25 in reply to "RE: Uhm"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I think it's something to do with your setup. Perhaps the graphics card or its drivers, because I've never had performance problems with KDE4 and I use it on a netbook.


Likewise. I find with KDE 4.3 that there are neither performance problems nor crashes on any machines that I have installed it on, and that numbers somewhere in the teens. It is the fastest desktop of any installed on each of those machines.

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RE: Uhm
by cmost on Fri 25th Dec 2009 15:27 in reply to "Uhm"
cmost Member since:
2006-07-16

There has to be something amiss with your hardware setup if KDE 4.3 is crashing and functions with abysmal performance, as you say. My rig is hardly cutting edge anymore:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
4096 MB DDR 400MHz RAM
nVidia GeForce 9400 GT w 512 MB DDR2
Sabayon (Gentoo) Linux 5.1 w Kernel 2.6.31
Compiz-Fusion Git

Yet, KDE 4.3 simply flies smooth as silk without notable issues. I do experience the occasional dolphin crash, but then dolphin has always been a bit buggy. Hopefully next year I'll be upgrading to an eight core system. :-)

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RE[2]: Uhm
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 25th Dec 2009 15:35 in reply to "RE: Uhm"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I've been hearing the driver/card explanation for two years now. I kind of gave up on caring. I'll see it when KDE gets there. It's sad, because it has so much potential. I'm hearing the performance complaints from many people - but just as many say they have no problems at all. Very odd.

It's a quad core, Phenom X4 4x2200Mhz, 4GB RAM, Radeon HD3200.

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RE[2]: Uhm
by lemur2 on Sun 27th Dec 2009 05:31 in reply to "RE: Uhm"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

There has to be something amiss with your hardware setup if KDE 4.3 is crashing and functions with abysmal performance, as you say. My rig is hardly cutting edge anymore:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
4096 MB DDR 400MHz RAM
nVidia GeForce 9400 GT w 512 MB DDR2
Sabayon (Gentoo) Linux 5.1 w Kernel 2.6.31
Compiz-Fusion Git

Yet, KDE 4.3 simply flies smooth as silk without notable issues. I do experience the occasional dolphin crash, but then dolphin has always been a bit buggy. Hopefully next year I'll be upgrading to an eight core system. :-)


As an experiment, I might suggest that you turn off previews in Dolphin, particularly for video file types. If Dolphin has previews turned on and it encounters a file for which the system has no codec (typically files with DRM), it can crash under those circumstances I have found.

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RE: Uhm
by Ed W. Cogburn on Sat 26th Dec 2009 07:58 in reply to "Uhm"
Ed W. Cogburn Member since:
2009-07-24

... KDE 3.5 didn't need the GPU. It's all so counterintuitive.



If you turn off the fancy graphics effects, then KDE4 doesn't need the GPU either. Thats what I've done, and this is probably why KDE4.3 is very stable for me.

Actively (but optionally) using the GPU is part of whats new to KDE4, but since its a new feature, you should expect teething pains...

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RE: Uhm
by Soulbender on Sun 27th Dec 2009 07:48 in reply to "Uhm"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I just want knetworkmanager to work with wireless broadband. Tried Kubuntu Karmic and knetwormanager is an epic fail when it comes to mobile. Guess I should look at 4.4.

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