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My installation of KDE-4.5.3 is not a resource hog. My machine also runs 24/7 for days at a time before a reboot. I just checked with top after a week of running and all of kde together isn't grabbing more that 1.8% of memory, or 2% of the cpu. I have no idea what people are talking about when they say kde is a resource hog. I also have a crapload of desktop effects enabled, including the spinning cube.
I've gone to their website and it lists 12.2 binaries (running 13.1). However, this part in particular pretty much says it's not going to work; at least not properly:. So I was wondering, what's the (is there a?) best way to downgrade?
I managed to compile kde 3.5.10 on slackware 13.1 (with lots of patching though), so I think there is a way to do it with trinity too. If 3.5.10 is enough for you i can help with some patches.
Well my situation is simpler because I never installed the KDE4 binaries; just went straight to KDE3.5. I'd assume that if your intention is to "downgrade to KDE 3.5" you'd have removed the KDE 4 packages root and branch before installing the older KDE 3.5 packages. Then the xwmconfig will do what you expect it to do.
However, consider carefully what Linux.tar.gz said. I haven't experienced the glibc breakage he wrote about myself because my glibc (and most of the rest of my installation) is still at the Slackware 13.1 release level. If running at -current level starts breaking the older KDE 3.5 binaries, then the older binaries may not be the correct solution for you if you're keeping your machine at close to slackware-current levels.