Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Feb 2010 19:06 UTC, submitted by diegocg
KDE And there we are, the KDE team has released KDE Software Compilation 4.4, formerly known as, well, KDE. Major new features include social networking and online collaboration integration, the new netbook interface, the KAuth authentication framework, and a lot more.
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diegocg
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2005-07-08

Unfortunately such things have been sitting in repositories for ages and never seeing the light of day.

All the work based in GEM/KMS has been merged. Check the kernel changelogs. Gallium3D entered in Stable mesa in version 7.5.

rather than addressing the fundamental flaws in Xorg.

What "fundamental flaws"? Let me guess - the "networking oriented protocol"?

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boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

Indeed. X development... OK, it's maybe not as rapid as it could be, the xorg folks aren't great with deadlines, but it is definitely moving! The improvements in X over the last several years have been visible, and are still on-going.

"X is bad!" has become a talking-point for the local Linux Hater's Club. It's not a substantive claim. X has gotten O.K., and it's still improving. Soon, it will be good; eventually, it will be freaking awesome. It's certainly not Desktop Linux's constraining factor.

The biggest thing holding Linux back from the desktop, I suspect, is just that there's no need for it. Most people already have Windows, and it works well enough that they have no need to switch. (Which is not to say anything negative about Linux - or anything about its comparative quality at all, really.) That, and they have Windows software.

Edited 2010-02-09 23:26 UTC

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

"X is bad!" has become a talking-point for the local Linux Hater's Club. It's not a substantive claim. X has gotten O.K., and it's still improving. Soon, it will be good; eventually, it will be freaking awesome. It's certainly not Desktop Linux's constraining factor.


Funny I could just as easily say that "X has gotten better and will soon be awesome!" has been a talking-point for the local Linux Desktop Defender's Club.

I agree that it isn't the weakest link in the Linux desktop. I'd say that dependency issues cause more problems for people. Sub-pixel font rendering also needs to be improved.

The biggest thing holding Linux back from the desktop, I suspect, is just that there's no need for it.


At the very least there is a need on portable devices, and there are a lot of old computers in the third world that need to be upgraded from their pirated copies of XP. However in developed countries it is hard for me to recommend it even for a basic browsing pc. It's getting there but I still wouldn't put it on a relative's computer out of fear that I would get a call over an update breaking something.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

All the work based in GEM/KMS has been merged. Check the kernel changelogs. Gallium3D entered in Stable mesa in version 7.5.


But the drivers have to be ported over to the new model - which is still an on going issue; that doesn't then include the power management, or there lack of, when it comes to the GPU itself.

What "fundamental flaws"? Let me guess - the "networking oriented protocol"?


Actually no, there is nothing wrong with the protocol; XCB addresses many of the issues relating to libX11 but how many tool kits have wholesale moved over to XCB from LibX11?

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