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Software Review: The KDE 4.6 Desktop Environment

Feb 10, 2011, 06:02 (0 Talkback[s])

"Hidden Treasure:

"A lot of the improvements in 4.6 are behind-the-scenes stuff that the casual user will never really notice. Most important is the move to upower and udev for back-end support, replacing the deprecated Hal. After installing KDE 4.6 I was able to uninstall Hal altogether. Additionally, the move to Akonadi, which will keep all your PIM information in a nice neat database, is finally coming to fruition, although the implementation has been delayed because the 4.6 edition of the KDEPIM suite wasn't quite ready yet. It's supposed to ship with KDE 4.6.1, which will be out later this month.

"Performance:

"The last couple of KDE 4.x releases have featured performance enhancements, but 4.6 is by far the most pronounced. It's much snappier than KDE 4.5, which was by no means slow. Performance was a major problem with the early 4.x releases, but I'm happy to report that KDE is now every bit as peppy as any other full-featured desktop environment. At least part of this is due to dramatic improvements in the Kwin effects; finally KDE has compositing window management that's worth using! The difference is immediate and striking.

"The Look:"

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