Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th May 2011 21:27 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
KDE "KDE has released a first beta of the upcoming 4.7 release of the Plasma Desktop and Netbook workspaces, the KDE Applications and the KDE Frameworks, which is planned for July 27, 2011. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team's focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing new and old functionality."
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RE[4]: kwin performance
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 27th May 2011 00:41 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: kwin performance"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

Yes, I've run kde with compiz before. I prefer kwin and all of its useful composting tricks, like the psuedo aero snap.

I'm thinking/have thought about moving to arch. I'm just a bit afraid it will end up like gentoo. I'm okay with being a few months off of the bleeding edge.

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RE[5]: kwin performance
by lemur2 on Fri 27th May 2011 00:49 in reply to "RE[4]: kwin performance"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Yes, I've run kde with compiz before. I prefer kwin and all of its useful composting tricks, like the psuedo aero snap.


Fair enough. Kwin in KDE 4.7 has lower OpenGL requirements, and so it should run faster, even on less capable hardware.

I'm thinking/have thought about moving to arch. I'm just a bit afraid it will end up like gentoo. I'm okay with being a few months off of the bleeding edge.


Also perfectly fair enough. Running Arch is indeed a case of "riding too close to the bleeding edge" for many people.

Edited 2011-05-27 00:51 UTC

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RE[6]: kwin performance
by leech on Sat 28th May 2011 02:24 in reply to "RE[5]: kwin performance"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

I'm loving the Arch. So far the only thing I've had a real issue with was the combination of transparent terminals, the nVidia driver and Xorg 1.10. Apparently some were having this issue under Gnome with transparent terminals as well, but in KDE4.6.x if you tried to resize the terminal window, it'd lock up your whole computer. Downgrading Xorg and a few packages of it to 1.9.4 fixed the issue. So I keep looking for updates to that since I held the packages.

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RE[5]: kwin performance
by sirspudd on Tue 31st May 2011 08:59 in reply to "RE[4]: kwin performance"
sirspudd Member since:
2010-10-13

The only real similarity is that you can be overly aggressive in tracking new packages if you want to be. If you restrain yourself to updating once a week/fortnight it is fantastic. (Happy Arch user surrounded by an increasingly large pool of happy Arch users)

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RE[6]: kwin performance
by lemur2 on Tue 31st May 2011 10:56 in reply to "RE[5]: kwin performance"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

The only real similarity is that you can be overly aggressive in tracking new packages if you want to be. If you restrain yourself to updating once a week/fortnight it is fantastic. (Happy Arch user surrounded by an increasingly large pool of happy Arch users)


Arch is amazing. Not long ago on this very thread, I posted a message about how using OpenGL with kwin and the open source drivers was not up to snuff performance-wise, and that it was better to use Xrender with kwin.

Just a minute ago I did an update on Arch, and I noticed that Xorg-server was upgraded to version 1.10.2-2.

http://www.archlinux.org/packages/testing/x86_64/xorg-server/

So on a hunch, I reverted my Desktop Effects settings back to use OpenGL rendering, and I enabled the fps monitor. Yep, kwin is now rendering the desktop fairly solidly at 60 fps (locked to the monitor screen refresh rate), with only an occasional flicker down to 59 fps. I can now watch full-screen 720p videos from YouTube without any hesitation, even when kwin is using OpenGL to render.

I have got the virtual desktop switch spinning cube effect back again, all of a sudden!

Arch is amazing.

Edited 2011-05-31 11:00 UTC

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