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OS News.com: Interview with Mandrake's & KDE's David Faure

Feb 25, 2002, 19:23 (4 Talkback[s])
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KDE 3 comes out soon. What is the best new advancement/feature found in KDE 3 in your opinion?

David Faure: I think the most important improvement in KDE3 is the greatly improved Javascript and DHTML support in Konqueror. I'm not only saying this because I took part in the work on Javascript, but also because this was said to be the most important drawback of Konqueror in KDE 2 by many users. The IMAP support in KMail comes to mind too, as an important new feature, for those using IMAP. KDE 3 is not a big architectural change (such as KDE 2.0 was), it is simply a continuation in the work on all applications, adding the features that the user requested, as well as improving speed and stability.

Are the KDE people going to do something for the C++ loader problem in Linux, which results on slow KDE loading times? Is the object prelinked method 'safe', or work is being done to the loader itself, to add the needed functionality?

David Faure: You said it all ;) The linker has indeed been identified as a cause for slowdown when starting C++ applications. Work is being done in that area, though not by the KDE developers themselves. The objprelink method does not appear to be stable enough to work around this problem, it is known to be the reason for crashes in the Javascript engine and in KMail. I'm not aware of the details, but it seems objprelink is rather a "hack", i.e. a quick change that doesn't address the whole issue. On the other hand, rumours have it that the gcc/ld developers are working on prelinking, which is something different, cleaner, faster, and stable."

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