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Old 08-02-2004, 03:01 PM   #1
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KDE 3.2 is ungodly slow!


I'm using gentoo 2004.1, i did emerge kdebase to install less junk, when it finished compiling I started kde, and it was so slow, i had the same problem with SuSE 9.1 pro, is it a problem everybody is having, I know when i first used Linux KDE 3.1 it was fast on my system.

I'm thinking I should downgrading! I heard that gnome is faster than kde. Is this true?

PS I am running a 1.2ghz duron with 256 pc2700ddr, 120gig maxtor hdd, FIC motherboard, GeForce4 MX 420 with 64mb ram.

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Old 08-02-2004, 03:02 PM   #2
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I personally find GNOME faster. But can you give us some specs on your hardware? RAM in particular makes a big difference to the speed at which KDE and GNOME run. If you're short on RAM you might consider a lightweight WM such as Fluxbox.
 
Old 08-02-2004, 03:37 PM   #3
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I had the same problem with kde 3.2 on gentoo. The new Beta however, has been much improved IMHO. It installs concurrent with 3.2( i.e.- it won't remove your 3.2 install, if you want to revert)
Just do:
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ACCEPT_KEYWORDS=~x86 emerge -auv kdebase
and/or whatever other kde packages you want.
 
Old 08-02-2004, 03:48 PM   #4
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I am using kde 3.2.1
i compiled on LFS 5.0
it is VERY fast

so i'm thinking there is something wrong or configured wrong
causing you problems
 
Old 08-02-2004, 04:46 PM   #5
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I had special effects high, so I turned them all the way down, except for desktop and songs, and now it's a lot faster, but kde is really starting to require more ram than windows, fedora requires more than XP, it's getting bad, KDE has got to make better stuff, though it is better now, also I'm running a gentoo system
 
Old 08-02-2004, 08:09 PM   #6
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Try XFCE - it's lightweight, and yet has the features that things like fluxbox lack (and using rox as well makes it perfect). plus it doesnt install loads of crap utilities which you don't need.
 
Old 08-02-2004, 09:36 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by cheater1034
I had special effects high, so I turned them all the way down, except for desktop and songs, and now it's a lot faster, but kde is really starting to require more ram than windows, fedora requires more than XP, it's getting bad, KDE has got to make better stuff, though it is better now, also I'm running a gentoo system
No there is something wrong with the way it is getting compiled or video driver being used and I am not surprised with Fedora/Redhat slowness they are probably still installing everything but the kitchen sink by default. Every version of kde since 3.0.? has been faster here on my machines the slowest being a 450 Celeron with 256mb ram and an old 16mb AGP video card and I must say it is pretty snappy on it using the default about 3/4 high eye candy setting and the new 3.3 beta is even faster again.
 
Old 08-03-2004, 02:14 PM   #8
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I don't know, it should be running fast, I had the same problem with SuSE 9.1 pro, and my cousin did too, It is better with less special effects now though.
 
Old 08-03-2004, 02:29 PM   #9
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Originally posted by HappyTux
No there is something wrong with the way it is getting compiled or video driver being used and I am not surprised with Fedora/Redhat slowness they are probably still installing everything but the kitchen sink by default. Every version of kde since 3.0.? has been faster here on my machines the slowest being a 450 Celeron with 256mb ram and an old 16mb AGP video card and I must say it is pretty snappy on it using the default about 3/4 high eye candy setting and the new 3.3 beta is even faster again.
I agree with this 100% KDE is getting faster and faster.....
there are serious problems with Fedora and other distributions not with KDE
Fedora by default turn on file system debugging in the kernel of all things (as an example among many)
they couldn't make it run worse if they tried !
also gcc nees to do better at supporting modern cpu designs
and distributions need to strip out debugging code and a million other things to improve performance
as well as just not having the distributions be so bloated in general
people often have old incompatable ~/.kde folders slowing things down badly
and people have often very bad x settups
KDE loads large libraries into ram rather than loading small libraries later like gnome,
this makes it run better not worse.
 
Old 08-03-2004, 03:35 PM   #10
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Originally posted by foo_bar_foo
I agree with this 100% KDE is getting faster and faster.....
there are serious problems with Fedora and other distributions not with KDE
Fedora by default turn on file system debugging in the kernel of all things (as an example among many)
they couldn't make it run worse if they tried !
also gcc nees to do better at supporting modern cpu designs
and distributions need to strip out debugging code and a million other things to improve performance
as well as just not having the distributions be so bloated in general
people often have old incompatable ~/.kde folders slowing things down badly
and people have often very bad x settups
KDE loads large libraries into ram rather than loading small libraries later like gnome,
this makes it run better not worse.
I agree with you that there are serious problems with fedora, and mandrake, but i don't think kde is getting faster, i think though, a bloated kernel makes it slow, with a lot of modules, and built in stuff. Also, I think it's KDE 3.2 on gentoo causing problems, ^^^ a couple posts up, he said kde 3.3 beta is much faster, maybe I'll try that

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