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[7]: Improvements
by Phucked on Sat 28th Jan 2012 07:41 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Improvements"
Phucked
Member since:
2008-09-24

"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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I ran KDE4 versions prior to 4.4 on a 450mhz P2 with 384MB ram After my P4 system died. It an as fast as KDE 3.5.x and alot snappier over time than the XP partition. And it ran very well on an old P3 700mhz 256MB laptop that I played with.

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RE[8]: Improvements
by lemur2 on Sat 28th Jan 2012 08:34 in reply to "RE[7]: Improvements"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I ran KDE4 versions prior to 4.4 on a 450mhz P2 with 384MB ram After my P4 system died. It an as fast as KDE 3.5.x and alot snappier over time than the XP partition. And it ran very well on an old P3 700mhz 256MB laptop that I played with.


WOW. That is very good indeed. I suppose it depends on exactly what you want to run.

I believe there is a package called "kubuntu-netbook-settings" or something like that that selects a whole raft of settings in one go to yeild good performance on low-resource systems.

But even then your experience stated above is one of the best experiences of KDE4 on low-resource systems that I have heard of recently.

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RE[8]: Improvements
by tonny on Sat 28th Jan 2012 12:06 in reply to "RE[7]: Improvements"
tonny Member since:
2011-12-22

Glad to hear that ;) .
From my testing, KDE3 still feel snappier than KDE4. XP is OK too (run it from VM). The problem with XP (and all windows) is when you install many programs/apps, the system will be slower. Then, if one wants to use blazing fast XP, they must fresh install it, haha..

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RE[8]: Improvements
by ndrw on Sun 29th Jan 2012 01:56 in reply to "RE[7]: Improvements"
ndrw Member since:
2009-06-30

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


Thank you for this link. I'm going to try these tips the next time I have a look at KDE (when Ubuntu ships 4.8).

I'm one of these "many users" the article cites that experience very poor performance of KDE (it is by far the slowest and power hungry desktop on my laptop) and I wouldn't be surprised if that was caused by some misconfiguration or weird defaults.

Whether I make a switch to KDE is a different question. I'm extremely happy with my Xfce desktop and thelast time I tried KDE I was unimpressed with its features (those I needed were poorly implemented, the ones I didn't need were plentiful and enabled by default).

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