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LinuxPlanet: Colorful KDE 3.1 Performance On Low-End Hardware

Feb 17, 2003, 19:00 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Reilly)

"People have become accustomed to the convenience and beauty of the modern desktop. However, some people shy away from packages like KDE 3.1 because they think it's going to run like frozen molasses on their six-year-old Pentium machine. Let me put your fears at ease and tell you how it works on ancient iron.

"The trend in desktops, across all operating systems has been to continuously add features and graphics with each new release. Unfortunately, cool icons, animation and complicated multi-paned desktops have usually required increasingly capable machinery. For various reasons, Linux desktops seemed to have suffered less from this performance crunching bloat than other packages, such as Windows XP.

"KDE 3.1 has actually reversed the trend. To prove my point, I loaded it on an antique 133 Mhz. Pentium desktop machine. The box had 128 MB of RAM, 256K of L2 cache, a 2.5 GB disk and Debian. Even though KDE took about two and 1/2 minutes to load, most of the programs, menus, icons and animations seemed to appear almost instantly and ran without a hitch..."

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