Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Oct 2011 21:33 UTC, submitted by mahmudinashar
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ah, it's that time of the year again. We already had this up on the sidebar, but I figured we'd turn it into a proper front page item - mostly because I want to discuss the move by the Ubuntu team to no longer install GNOME 2 as the 'classic' desktop option - which pretty much ends any and all involvement for me with Ubuntu (KDE 4 here I come). There's more to this than just that, of course, so those of you who do like Unity still have enough reason to upgrade.
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RE[7]: @Thom
by jessesmith on Fri 14th Oct 2011 23:50 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: @Thom"
jessesmith
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2010-03-11

That's interesting. I just tried the Kubuntu live CD and KDE is very snappy. The machine has an old NVIDIA graphics card, 1GB of memory and a 2.5GHz processor. Even running from the CD everything is very responsive, menus and windows react right away. Of course loading new apps is a little slow because of the CD speed, but otherwise I'm very happy with it.

Different hardware and different distros will make a huge difference in performance, I guess.

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RE[8]: @Thom
by lemur2 on Sat 15th Oct 2011 09:10 in reply to "RE[7]: @Thom"
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2007-02-17

That's interesting. I just tried the Kubuntu live CD and KDE is very snappy. The machine has an old NVIDIA graphics card, 1GB of memory and a 2.5GHz processor. Even running from the CD everything is very responsive, menus and windows react right away. Of course loading new apps is a little slow because of the CD speed, but otherwise I'm very happy with it.

Different hardware and different distros will make a huge difference in performance, I guess.


In and of itself, KDE performance is as you describe. "very snappy". "very responsive, menus and windows react right away".

It does, however, strictly rely on the underlying system, the proper working of the kernel and drivers. If these are not working properly, KDE4 does not contain any work-arounds, and the overall system may perform very poorly.

It is important to keep it crystal clear, however, that KDE4 itself is not broken, or poorly performed, as you have testified to. If KDE4 itself were broken, it would be broken for everybody.

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