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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RE[4]: Improvements
by lemur2 on Sat 28th Jan 2012 04:35 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Improvements"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

Lightweight in memory consumption/ memory footprint/ how much KDE use the memory. Not the harddrive.


KDE4 runs sweetly on a netbook machine with 1GB RAM and a mere 900MHz CPU.

It will run OK on a machine with only 512GB RAM and, say, a 750MHz CPU, but I would not expect much on a lower spec machine.

http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Pentium-III/TYPE-Pentium%20III~*~...

A system with the Pentium III (Coppermine) CPU, or anything after that, should be just fine.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentium_III#Coppermine
"From December 1999 to May 2000, Intel released Pentium IIIs running at speeds of 750, 800, 850, 866, 900, 933 and 1000 MHz (1 GHz)."

Just to be safe ... use it on any desktop machine made in this millenium, but not the previous millenium.

Edited 2012-01-28 04:38 UTC

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RE[5]: Improvements
by tonny on Sat 28th Jan 2012 05:43 in reply to "RE[4]: Improvements"
tonny Member since:
2011-12-22

My KDE4 mem when booting to KDE 4.7.3 is 4xx MB. I'm afraid it'll not enough if it just 512MB mem (unless you kill akonadi & nepomuk). Barely usable. It'll run slowly cause then have to use swap space.

When you just have 512MB mem, when booting to KDE, Try to you open firefox with 4-6 tab, a couple of program and you'll run out of mem.

I really like KDE, but their mem footprint is worse with each release. Memory's cheaper now doesn't meant KDE have to throw all the memory they can use.

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RE[6]: Improvements
by lemur2 on Sat 28th Jan 2012 06:06 in reply to "RE[5]: Improvements"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

When you just have 512MB mem, when booting to KDE, Try to you open firefox with 4-6 tab, a couple of program and you'll run out of mem.


512MB would be a minimum. If you want to run KDE yet you have only 512MB RAM, either buy some more (it will be worth it), or make sure you pare KDE down to the minimum settings.

Also, here are some tips:
Simple Tips for Speeding up KDE / Kubuntu
http://www.numango.com/5527_simple-tips-speeding-kde-kubuntu.html

Having said that, really, buying a bit more memory is really the easiest and most effective way to to go.

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RE[6]: Improvements
by Carewolf on Sat 28th Jan 2012 15:54 in reply to "RE[5]: Improvements"
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

I works. When my laptop died this spring, I went back and used my former laptop with 512MByte memory and ran KDE 4.6 on it. It worked just fine, just as fine as KDE3 had run on in the days.

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RE[6]: Improvements
by phoenix on Mon 30th Jan 2012 19:13 in reply to "RE[5]: Improvements"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Worked fine for me on a 2.8 GHz Celeron laptop with only 512 MB of RAM, running KDE4 plasma-netbook interface. Could run Firefox and even watch youtube videos (until a certain Flash upgrade hosed the box and the reinstall never ran Flash properly afterward).

Yes, desktop effects are turned off (the onboard RADEON 7000 GPU doesn't support them), nepomuck/akonadi are turned off (it's an HTPC, no need for strigi or mail storage), and it tends to only run 1 app at a time (Dragon). But KDE4 runs beautifully on it, and it's very usable. It was our main TV show/movie access for several years, starting with KDE3, then upgrading to KDE4.2, then 4.4, and I think it was running 4.6 by the end.

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