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[5]: Strange
by ndrw on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 10:44 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Strange"
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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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