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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KDE 4.8 minor tweaks, major improvement
by lemur2 on Tue 31st Jan 2012 08:52 UTC
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Increased overall performance: KDE 4.8 seems to want to think it is XFCE and so it performs remarkably faster than previous iterations. This even holds true when special effects are turned on and heavily used. In fact, it’s almost hard to compare 4.8 to previous iterations, simply because it is that much faster.

Increased stability throughout: This applies to both KDE and non-KDE applications as well as widgets and activities. The 4.8 release really feels solid — no matter what tasks you’re putting the desktop through, you know it’s going to remain strong and not flake out.

My take: The graphics driver for his system has obviously had a bug-fix update since the last time that Jack Wallen (the author) had tried KDE.

Edited 2012-01-31 08:58 UTC

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boudewijn Member since:

Or see -- KWin did get some serious performance improvements.

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lemur2 Member since:

Or see -- KWin did get some serious performance improvements.

Yes, but I have run both KDE 4.7 and KDE 4.8 on a number of systems, and the improvement is there but not as dramatic as the Jack Wallen article paints.

After all, none of the KWin performance improvements that Martin Graesslin blogged about are likely to have anything to do with "stability improvements" ... especially stability improvements which "apply to both KDE and non-KDE applications as well as widgets".

Hence my take ... IMO there is likely to have been a bug-fix for the graphics drivers Jack Wallen's on machine. I am speculating that this is the mostly thing to have simultaneously significantly improved both performance and stability on his machine.

Edited 2012-01-31 10:45 UTC

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