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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RE[3]: Strange
by lemur2 on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 02:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Strange"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

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.


I run Windows 7 on the same hardware I run KDE4.

Even my very modest hardware (including several different netbooks) runs KDE4 blazing fast and lag-free. Faster than Windows 7 on the same hardware.

Really.

I too don't tolerate anything other than zero lag when it comes to animations and UI effects, even on slow and old hardware, so I tend to avoid Windows 7 unless I really have to use it.

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RE[4]: Strange
by Hiev on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 02:31 in reply to "RE[3]: Strange"
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

Why don't you show us a video of you KDE installation running on low end hardware?, I mean, it is nice an dandy on words, but can you prove it?

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RE[5]: Strange
by lemur2 on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 02:53 in reply to "RE[4]: Strange"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Why don't you show us a video of you KDE installation running on low end hardware?, I mean, it is nice an dandy on words, but can you prove it?


The low-end hardware is so low-end that it is not capable of taking a video of itself via qt-recordMyDesktop.

http://recordmydesktop.sourceforge.net/about.php

When I get home I could try taking a video of the KDE4 desktop and the Windows 7 desktop on this same hardware using a seperate digital camera. I am not that confident of my skills using the camera in one hand and operating the desktop in the other, nor have I ever posted video before, so don't hold your breath, I may not be successful.

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RE[5]: Strange
by ndrw on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 10:44 in reply to "RE[4]: Strange"
ndrw Member since:
2009-06-30

I don't think you'll find it useful, unless there are some nasty rendering issues or lags you can actually see.

From my own experience (on a pretty new and fast hardware, as for a laptop, at least), the performance is "fine". The interface did at first feel sluggish but removing most of the animations brought it in-line with other desktops.

KDE4 is quite heavy on resources, though. Takes long to start up, and then makes my machine run quite a bit hotter than with Gnome2+Compiz or XFCE4+compositor. That might be just a bug (I found that powertop reports that audio uses 100% of one CPU core - not sure if that's real - top doesn't show anything unusual). It also happens to crash - not very often but the first time I left it on overnight I found the desktop was frozen.

Other than that, it's just bloated. In order to make it behave and look like a desktop for an adult I had to go through all the settings and disable a fair number of them. Once done, KDE4 is actually quite usable, which is a big plus in comparison to GnomeShell or Unity.

I strongly recommend people unhappy with recent changes to move to XFCE. It's now a fully featured DE (years ago I've moved to it because Gnome2 was lacking some features) and is sticking to a simple desktop metaphor. One of few things that still "just work".

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