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Old 05-08-2009, 01:24 AM   #1
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Stability of KDE 4.2.2


Since I just upgraded to the newest Mandriva, 2009.1, I am wondering what the stability of KDE 4.2.2 is like. I am considering changing it to KDE 3.5 but am wondering if it's time to make the move to KDE 4.2. Is it more stable and bug free now? So far I've had no problems with use.
 
Old 05-08-2009, 03:30 PM   #2
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I installed the unofficial KDE-4.2.2 for Mandriva 2009.0 a few weeks before MDV 2009.1 was released, and found it to be very good here. When cooker froze, I installed MDV-2009.1 from cooker, then switched my media sources to the official repositories when it (MDV-2009.1) released to the public. I have used KDE-4.2.2 now for nearly two months (or so) with no serious issues. This was not the case with KDE-4.1.x. The only issue I see is that plasma on the screen saver crashes when the screen saver exits (this does not affect plasma on my desktop). I have the digital clock and a weather widget installed on my screen saver so I can see the time and temperature when my system is idle. Hopefully, the development team will get to the plasma-on-the-screen-saver issue soon so I can report that KSE 4.2.2 works here with no errors. Over all, I am most impressed. My desktop is very attractive, and quite configurable, although configuration works a bit differently from that with which I was familiar in KDE-3.5.x. One example is that there is no external taskbar in 4.2.2. To compensate, I set up an additional panel (at the right edge of my dislay) and installed a taskbar widget there. There is no menubar (like in MAC-OS) for the top of the display, so I set up a panel there, installed the Application Launcher menu widget (kickoff style) and added icons for my most frequently used applications to the new panel (Lets me keep a clean desktop). The only parts of the old menu that are missing are the File, edit, etc. menu items which I did not use any way. Admittedly, I still use a few KDE3 applets such as ksensors (to monitor system and cpu temps), and xlassie (not an MDV package any more) to let me know when new mail has arrived. These work well with KDE4 here, so I have no complaints. I feel safe in recommending the use of KDE-4.2.2 as your Desktop Environment.

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Old 05-09-2009, 02:54 AM   #3
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Thank you for the reply. It was very helpful.
Another question I have is since I will be using this on netbooks (one Atom N270 based at 1.6GHz, the other Atom N280 Atom based at 1.66 GHz) will this present a problem? With KDE 4's improved graphics will it cause speed issues on a system such as this? Also, I don't know how much it relies on good graphics performance but it's going to be used on both an Acer Aspire One and ASUS eeePC 1000HE which have very basic graphics.
 
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I do not really know about the graphics requirements (I use an nVidia GeForce 7300 GT card with 256MB Video RAM on board here), but if you find that KDE4 simply runs too slowly for your needs, you can install the LXDE Desktop Environment (In fact, the new Mandriva Installer should default to LXDE if it determines that KDE4 will not run properly). I do not use a Netbook here (yet), but MDV 2009.1 is reported (by Mandriva) to be Netbook friendly. My best suggestion is that you go ahead and install it )Mandriva) and see how things go.
 
Old 05-09-2009, 04:10 AM   #5
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Sounds great. I'll see what happens. I wasn't familiar with LXDE. I just know KDE and Gnome and have used Xfce once in DreamLinux. I just did some research on LXDE and seems it would be a good option but I'll give KDE 4 a try first.
 
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For another viewpoint, you might read this thread.
 
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deleted. posted to wrong thread.

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