Linked by lemur2 on Thu 26th Jan 2012 22:42 UTC
KDE KDE has announced its latest set of releases, providing major updates to KDE Plasma Workspaces, KDE Applications, and the KDE Platform. Version 4.8 provides many new features, and improved stability, performance and dynamic power management.
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Improvements
by sb56637 on Fri 27th Jan 2012 04:33 UTC
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Member since:
2006-05-11

Really glad to see stability and performance improvements listed as a goal in 4.8. I just wish they would dedicate a single release ONLY to stability and performance. Freeze all features and just concentrate on making the ones they already have work well without crashing or bogging down the system. Heck, *remove* some features if necessary to achieve it. Remember that stability and performance are the must-have features.

Edit: Oh, and by the way, a huge thanks to the KDE team for producing a product that still runs and acts the same even without 3D driver support. I HATE it when other systems require 3D drivers just to render menus or provide a bunch of superfluous effects.

Edited 2012-01-27 04:38 UTC

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RE: Improvements
by lemur2 on Fri 27th Jan 2012 05:08 in reply to "Improvements"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Really glad to see stability and performance improvements listed as a goal in 4.8. I just wish they would dedicate a single release ONLY to stability and performance. Freeze all features and just concentrate on making the ones they already have work well without crashing or bogging down the system.


KDE already works perfectly well without crashing or bogging down the system.

It is just that KDE SC 4.8 does an even better job in this regard than previous releases did.

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RE[2]: Improvements
by saynte on Fri 27th Jan 2012 06:08 in reply to "RE: Improvements"
saynte Member since:
2007-12-10

Your statement contradicts the KDE developers; clearly there was some code that was "boggin down the system" in some cases.

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v RE[2]: Improvements
by Slambert666 on Fri 27th Jan 2012 07:34 in reply to "RE: Improvements"
RE[2]: Improvements
by nej_simon on Fri 27th Jan 2012 08:38 in reply to "RE: Improvements"
nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

I don't agree. Every time I've tried various versions of KDE 4 they have been a bit glitchy and slow. I hope 4.8 is better.

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RE[2]: Improvements
by tanishaj on Fri 27th Jan 2012 15:39 in reply to "RE: Improvements"
tanishaj Member since:
2010-12-22


KDE already works perfectly well without crashing or bogging down the system.

It is just that KDE SC 4.8 does an even better job in this regard than previous releases did.


I do not use KDE so I cannot comment on stability. The primary reason that I do not use it though is because I find it bogs down my system. It is easily the heaviest of the desktops (eg. KDE, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE, Enlightenment, stand-alone WMs). I have tried every version up until 4.7. I will give 4.8 a try as well at some point.

I am glad it works for you but, given the relative performance of KDE, I do not think that you can objectively call it snappy.

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RE: Improvements
by tonny on Fri 27th Jan 2012 05:23 in reply to "Improvements"
tonny Member since:
2011-12-22

Yep.
And it would be perfect if they can make it lightweight as in KDE3, and reduce memory consumption.

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RE[2]: Improvements
by lemur2 on Fri 27th Jan 2012 07:41 in reply to "RE: Improvements"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

And it would be perfect if they can make it lightweight as in KDE3, and reduce memory consumption.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKII7Yb75XE

According to this reviewer, who offers video hard evidence in support of his statements, KDE4 is easily lightweight enough to run very smoothly, even on low-resource systems such as netbooks.

"I was able to install this on a 900 MHz netbook".

Edited 2012-01-27 07:47 UTC

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RE[2]: Improvements
by cmost on Fri 27th Jan 2012 11:33 in reply to "RE: Improvements"
cmost Member since:
2006-07-16

Yep.
And it would be perfect if they can make it lightweight as in KDE3, and reduce memory consumption.


This tired old bellyache again? You should check out the new razor-qt desktop then... It was designed just for those who can't let go of KDE 3.x

http://razor-qt.org/

Edited 2012-01-27 11:34 UTC

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RE[2]: Improvements
by Stephen! on Fri 27th Jan 2012 13:33 in reply to "RE: Improvements"
Stephen! Member since:
2007-11-24

Yep.
And it would be perfect if they can make it lightweight as in KDE3, and reduce memory consumption.


KDE4 is modular, so to some extent, it is lightweight, if you only want a base-install and a few extra applications.

Even a default Windows XP installation is several GB in size, so KDE4 is lightweight compared to that.

Edited 2012-01-27 13:34 UTC

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RE: Improvements
by emilsedgh on Fri 27th Jan 2012 07:41 in reply to "Improvements"
emilsedgh Member since:
2007-06-21

KDE is developed by hundreds of volunteers, working on their own prefered directions.
There's not, and there could not be a 'management' to drive the development process. KDE could not force a 'stability release' among its developers.

However, 'stability and performance' is the path kde is actually taking. In the past few releases, most of the effort has been put into polishing various parts, not adding new features.

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RE[2]: Improvements
by lucas_maximus on Fri 27th Jan 2012 08:27 in reply to "RE: Improvements"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18


There's not, and there could not be a 'management' to drive the development process. KDE could not force a 'stability release' among its developers.


why not ... wait that might require some discipline.

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