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Duncan 1i5t5.duncan at
Sun Jul 10 23:26:18 BST 2011

Eric posted on Sun, 10 Jul 2011 17:48:15 -0400 as excerpted:

> The one big change from 4.7 that im looking forward to (hence the
> kubuntu ppa to get it as fast as possible) Is the rewrite of the effects
> engine to use OpenGL ES. Should speed things up quite a bit; hell I
> might even be able to play 3D games with effects turned on come release
> time haha.
> Just of curiousity, what distro do you use, Duncan? I'm looking for a
> really nice KDE distro, right now ive got Suse and PCLinuxOS in VM's and
> im testing them out. The one thing I do like about Kubuntu is that with
> ppa's I can have like any package I want but I hate how outdated some
> things are, like the kernel and powertop (im a laptop user)

FWIW, my distro's perfect for me, but it's not for everyone.  If you like 
the ability to heavily customize, however, and don't mind automated 
building from sources yourself, Gentoo's very possibly right down your 
alley, as it is mine. =:^)

If you don't want to go that drastic, Arch is, from what I've read, 
effectively about half way between Gentoo and the usual binary distros, 
is said to be a very strong choice for kde users, and tends to be rather 
more updated than most distros, package-wise.

Another alternative you may wish to look into is Sabayon.  They're gentoo 
based, but binary.  That makes for quick installs, and I'm told they work 
with and support both Gentoo's from-source and their own binary package 
tree, so for packages they don't carry or if you don't want to wait, just 
install the Gentoo package.  They had a new release just come out, with 
surprisingly new packages -- kde 4.6.4 and IIRC kernel or some 
such (tho notably, it stuck with gnome-2, if you're at all concerned 
about gnome, leaving gnome-3 for a later release).  I'm not close enough 
to them to know if they have kde 4.6.5 yet, but if not, it's available in 
gentoo (tho plan to spend a half-day building it at least, if you do it 
that way, depending on your CPU speed/cores and the memory you choose to 
use for it).

And both Gentoo and Arch (not sure about Sabayon, but you can always use 
it as your Gentoo binary/quick install and switch, if it comes to it) are 
rolling update, so no more installation flag-days when who knows what 
breaks and you can't easily trace it down or revert because everything 
updated at once with the new distro release!  More frequent updates keep 
you current, and if something breaks, you only updated a few packages at 
once so it's FAR easier to track down, and downgrade that package again 
temporarily, if it comes to it.

Other than that, the various distro beta versions get you newer packages 
faster.  I of course run Gentoo ~arch (gentoo's testing version), plus a 
few selected overlays for even newer stuff (like kde pre-releases and 
live-versions in the kde overlay).  Years ago, I ran mandrake (now 
mandriva) cooker.  There's also fedora rawhide, etc.

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