Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Nov 2011 21:31 UTC, submitted by Z_God
KDE Disappointed with KDE 4's performance and other shortcomings, Timothy Pearson continued KDE 3.5 development under the name Trinity. Today the first third major update of the Trinity Desktop Environment is released, providing an alternative upgrade path for KDE users who do not feel comfortable with KDE 4.
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Strange
by jack_perry on Tue 1st Nov 2011 22:05 UTC
jack_perry
Member since:
2005-07-06

I currently have a quad-core Phenom X4 2.2Ghz computer with 8GB of RAM and an onboard ATI Radon HD3200 video card...


I'm not doubting you, but this is really weird. Your hardware sounds just like my setup (a Gateway DX something or other) and it used to have issues, but it's worked like a charm since at least Fedora 15. Even before then, KDE4 was usable. The only difference is that I have a slower processor (proc/cpuinfo reportsPhenom 9150 900MHz w/4 cores, though KDE's info center says it will go to 1.8GHz) and less memory (4 GB).

I wish I knew what to tell you, other than to try a clean install, but seriously -- with specs like that, KDE4 ought to be a dream for you.

Edit: Actually, my video card is integrated on the motherboard, though it says it's HD3200. Do you have a card, or an on-board chip?

Edited 2011-11-01 22:06 UTC

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RE: Strange
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 1st Nov 2011 22:11 in reply to "Strange"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah my specs are similar as well. Considering that he's been developing kde 3.x, I'm guessing its been a while since he's tried kde 4.x.

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RE: Strange
by lemur2 on Tue 1st Nov 2011 23:36 in reply to "Strange"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"I currently have a quad-core Phenom X4 2.2Ghz computer with 8GB of RAM and an onboard ATI Radon HD3200 video card...
I'm not doubting you, but this is really weird. Your hardware sounds just like my setup (a Gateway DX something or other) and it used to have issues, but it's worked like a charm since at least Fedora 15. Even before then, KDE4 was usable. The only difference is that I have a slower processor (proc/cpuinfo reportsPhenom 9150 900MHz w/4 cores, though KDE's info center says it will go to 1.8GHz) and less memory (4 GB). I wish I knew what to tell you, other than to try a clean install, but seriously -- with specs like that, KDE4 ought to be a dream for you. Edit: Actually, my video card is integrated on the motherboard, though it says it's HD3200. Do you have a card, or an on-board chip? "

Agreed. On that hardware, KDE4 should absolutely fly. KDE4 works like a charm on each of the multiple systems on which I have installed it, and none of those machines have anything like those specs, they are all far less powerful machines than Thom's.

I too am at a loss as to what to say.

It is a bit of a shame really, because KDE3 misses out on a number of advances of KDE4, including desktop activities, hardware abstraction via Phonon and Solid, and the semantic desktop.

https://www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/498660-kde-4-leader-of-the-sem...

http://www.linux-magazine.com/Online/Blogs/Off-the-Beat-Bruce-Byfie...

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RE[2]: Strange
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 00:15 in reply to "RE: Strange"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

My standards could just be higher. I'm a Windows 7 user, and therefore, tolerate zero lag when it comes to animations and UI effects, even on slow and old hardware. Even simple Atom netbooks run Aero blazing fast and lag-free.

That can't exactly be said for KDE4. Considering you don't use Windows 7, I think the most logical explanation is that your standards are lower.

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RE: Strange
by Flatland_Spider on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 12:13 in reply to "Strange"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

In Fedora 15, KDE is finally usable again. Previously, KDE4 was a painful experience, but now it's nice and smooth.

For me, it was the Nouveau Nvidia driver maturing that did the trick.

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RE: Strange - running solid on Debian6
by jabbotts on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 12:38 in reply to "Strange"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I don't think Debian is doing anything magical the other distros are not or can not do. KDE4 on top of Intel and Nvidia machines have both been solid.

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turrini Member since:
2006-10-31

At our company, we have ~400 desktop machines running KDE 4.6 on top of Debian Customized AMD64 (kernel 3.0.0), lag-free and with animations.

Our specs vary from Celeron 2.2Ghz + 2gb RAM with Intel Graphics to Core i5 with 4gb RAM with Intel Graphics too.

Works like a charm.

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