Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 27th Dec 2009 14:12 UTC
KDE Since the stream of news is still pretty much dry, I figured I'd throw in something I've been meaning to talk about for a while now, but really didn't dare to: KDE4's performance. Since experiences with KDE4 seem to widely differ between people, it might be a good idea if we, together, can find a common cause among those of us having problems.
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Overall great - minor annoying issues
by emrehliug on Sun 27th Dec 2009 15:07 UTC
emrehliug
Member since:
2009-12-27

Overall great - minor annoying issues

I’ve been using kde since 1.X. Ever trying other DEs and/or window managers but none ever came close to kde in terms of user experience, usability and features. The 4.X series is the best ever, since it provides me with great and modern looks, plus a plethora of features that make me more productive (yes, I use my computer for work). In my notebook, it runs well when all effects are turned on and blazingly fast when effects are off (much faster/responsive than gnome and faster than windows xp). However, it has some glitches or “issues” that cannot seem to be resolved and are recurring, sometimes going away, sometimes returning between releases:

- There is that of kwin loosing shortcuts (ALT+F4, ALT+TAB etc.)
- systemsettings not configuring kdm themes;
- the resizing of windows with some effects enabled is terribly slow;
- quickaccess gadget crashing plasma;
- dolphin getting stalled out of the blue for no reason and then, some seconds later coming back to life;
- random crashes that cannot be reproduced (not only in betas).

My hardware specs are mean:
ACER Notebook
Intel Core 2 Duo T5500
2GB RAM
Integrated Intel Grahics (X.Org X Server 1.6.5)
OpenSuSE 11.2 (factory, packman repositories enabled)
Custom kernel 2.6.32
KDE SC 4.3.85 (KDE 4.4 Beta2) "release 3"

Reply Score: 3

Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

- random crashes that cannot be reproduced (not only in betas).


How can you classify this as a "minor annoyance"? Are your standards different than mine? Random crashes - especially if they happen often enough to mention them - are the worst kind of annoyance to me. Reproducible crashes aren't a problem; you can report them, and this being open source, they are generally handled quite well. In the meantime, you can avoid the crash because you know when it will happen.

Random crashes, on the other hand, can't be reported, therefore can't be fixed, and can't be avoided either. They are the absolute worst thing in software.

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PlatformAgnostic Member since:
2006-01-02

Linux desktop software doesn't collect crash dumps automatically when it goes belly up? If not, that's something serious to write an editorial about.

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emrehliug Member since:
2009-12-27

"- random crashes that cannot be reproduced (not only in betas).


How can you classify this as a "minor annoyance"? Are your standards different than mine? Random crashes - especially if they happen often enough to mention them - are the worst kind of annoyance to me.
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I can classify them as minor because they do not happen too often neither affect my work in an irreparable manner. Gwenview crashes – occasionally- when I change from viewing a movie to a picture – not the other way around. Dolphin crashes sometimes during preview operations – not during serious file operations. 2ManDVD crashed or hanged arbitrarily but I do not use this app, I merely tested it. There are other examples; however k3b and kmail never crashed on me and I do use these applications a lot. Plasma is also very stable, and never hanged or rendered the system unusable. Firefox on the other hand …

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Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm with you. Random crashes would p*ss me off.

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