kde4 makes PC slowlier ???
Thierry de Coulon
tcoulon at decoulon.ch
Mon Oct 6 20:50:59 BST 2008
On Monday 06 October 2008, Goodhorse wrote:
> One of the user in our community once told me the same thing. He did not
> turn on any animation or desktop effect, and used the same resolution as in
> KDE3. He found that KDE4 was *actually* slower than KDE3.
> For me it is also a true statement. Especially in an old system which KDE3
> could run smoothly, KDE4 would be a lot slower. It's luck that my boss
> agreed to let me change my daily work PC to a dual core Intel and with 1GB
> memory, and now the speed of KDE4 is OK to me, although animation is still
> not very smooth. I'm just wondering why KDE4 is slower than KDE3. I guess
> that KDE4 may need more effort to fine tune its performance, since it
> changed a lot due to changing the whole framework.
> Anyway, I'm in love with KDE 4.1, and I appreciate the developers a lot.
I did not make any comment as to the speed of KDE 4, as I don't use it myself.
I too am in love with KDE, as far as version 4 is concerned I'll decide once
it's ready for use.
My point was just that I don't know why users know so little about how a
computer works to expect that installing a new version, plus turning on all
the gizmos that heavily use memory and 3D graphical systems and be surprised
that an older system gets slower - it's just what everyone should expect.
The question why 4 is slower than 3 on a system that should run it smoothly
should be answered by a developper. OS X 10.5 is not faster on every system,
nor is Vista. People tend to believe that a new version is (always) better
than the previous one, they are wrong. KDE 3 has been tuned and bettered for
years, KDE 4 is new and still work in progress. So we come back to the
problem that a beta version is branded 4.1.2... If it was "beta", the answer
would be to wait for the official release, but as 4.1.2 *is* an official
And all this said, I too appreciate the work of the developpers. Probably in a
few months (years?) everyone will praise KDE 4. Just wait.
“Microsoft isn't evil,
they just make really crappy operating systems.” Linus Torvald
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