Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Aug 2012 22:29 UTC
Gnome The future of GNOME - an interesting subject. GNOME 3 has been out and about for a while, and it hasn't exactly been a smashing success. One of the efforts to take GNOME to the next level is what the team refers to as GNOME OS - but in reality, it's a set of improvements to GNOME that are just as interesting to GNOME-the-desktop-environment.
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Phucked
Member since:
2008-09-24

Ever tried KDE 4 on a Pentium II machine?

I have, and I can say with some confidence that it doesn't work at all. It takes ten minutes to start, and when it's finished starting none of the widgets respond to mouse clicks because the CPU is too busy cranking away doing nothing useful. And mind you, this is with maybe a dozen KB of swap space being used - it actually fits into 192 MB of RAM, but it's too much for the CPU and GPU.



I have had KDE4 working smooth on 450mhz Pentium2 just 2 years ago before I got my current system. It ran better than KDE3 or Gnome2 on my machine. I did not use desktop effects though since i had an old Radeon 8500. But I can say for me KDE4 worked smooth as butter on my PII

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Gullible Jones Member since:
2006-05-23

I did not use desktop effects though since i had an old Radeon 8500.

There's your reason. KDE 4 doesn't like running on low-end, shared-memory integrated graphics chipsets.

Edited 2012-08-10 13:23 UTC

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Uhm, the Radeon 8500 is not an integrated chipset, it's a separate video card. It only supports OpenGL 1.x, though, which is why you have to disable Desktop Effects.

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