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GNOME vs. KDE: The Latest Round

Apr 06, 2011, 21:28 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"Running nothing except a virtual terminal, GNOME 3 consumes 883 megabytes of RAM on a one gigabyte notebook. Not only is this requirement more than twice that of GNOME 2.32, but it compares unfavorably with the 615 megabytes needed by KDE 4.6. Realistically, it means that two gigabytes of RAM would be a realistic requirement for GNOME 3 unless you have the patience to continually use the swap partition. That probably means that, unless your machine is less than a couple of years old, GNOME 3 is not the desktop that you should be using.

"More importantly, while not having hardware acceleration in KDE only prevents you from running some compositing effects, GNOME 3 requires basic hardware acceleration to run at all. Most Intel video drivers are sufficient, but with some other chip sets, proprietary drivers may be necessary, which free software advocates will find unacceptable. Admittedly, GNOME 3 is supposed to come with a 'complete fallback interface,' according to the FAQ, but the fallback was unavailable on the Live CDs I used for this comparison.'"

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