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Old 12-28-2006, 05:41 PM   #1
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How much of a burdain is KDE really?


I'm a Windows 'poweruser' who is exploring Linux/Unix/etc OS's for over a year now. I've tried countless dristro's and WM/DE's. I've come to the conclusion that I like KDE the most for all of it's features/functionality/usability.

Everywhere I see people complaining about how much of a performance/memory hog KDE is. But, if you like at my signature, would KDE really be that much of a burdain to my system?

Is this war about DE's the same as the vi VS emacs, in a sence that on old systems emacs might be a huge hog but on modern systems 8mb memmory doesn't matter at all?
 
Old 12-28-2006, 05:49 PM   #2
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It's really all about preference. If you're coming from Windows, KDE is very similar to Windows. So, you'll like the familiarity that comes with KDE. I have heard that it does use more resources than Gnome, but if you have 768MB of RAM or more, i don't think you have anything to worry about. Go with what you like and don't let anyone tell you differently.

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Old 12-28-2006, 05:58 PM   #3
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> would KDE really be that much of a [burden] to my system?
Absolutely not. I think my absolutely largest memory usage is at 512 mb, and that's only after leaving various big and leaky programs open for several weeks; also, some of it is swapped out. CPU-wise, the only thing I've noticed is that firefox is somewhat faster than konqueror (IIRC; it's been a while since I've last used firefox).

Try it out--you can always go back if you don't like it.

> in a [sense] that on old systems emacs might be a huge hog but on modern systems 8mb memmory doesn't matter at all?
Something like that. My experience is that vi starts considerably faster (0.1 vs 1 second), and both operate at "wire speed" once started. Eric Raymond has some comments at http://catb.org/~esr/writings/taoup/...emacs_editing; I would bet that a modern vi-like editor (that is, vim) uses about the same amount of memory as emacs.
 
Old 12-28-2006, 06:01 PM   #4
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I'm not asking for "Should I use Gnome or KDE?". I'm asking if KDE is heavy on my pc?

EDIT: Thanks jonaskoelker. I was making this post at the same time you allready made yours ^_^

Last edited by V!NCENT; 12-28-2006 at 06:03 PM.
 
Old 12-28-2006, 06:49 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by V!NCENT
I'm not asking for "Should I use Gnome or KDE?". I'm asking if KDE is heavy on my pc?

EDIT: Thanks jonaskoelker. I was making this post at the same time you allready made yours ^_^
I run a Machine pretty similar to yours(2.4ghz, 1gig RAM, 256mb ATI Video card, among other things), and while I absolutely hate the look/feel of KDE, I've not noticed a real slowdown with KDE. I have KDE, Gnome, and Xfce all set up on my Ubuntu install, and while I think KDE is probably slower than the other three (definitely slower than Xfce), but if you like it, I think you'll be ok.

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