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NewsForge: Sneak Preview of KDE 3.3: Q&A with Developer George Staikos

Aug 17, 2004, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"NewsForge: With the previous KDE release (3.2), there were lots of CPU optimizations that brought the minimum hardware requirements down. What kind of minimum and recommended specs are we looking at for 3.3?

"Staikos: I don't think anything has changed in 3.3, and I wouldn't really expect it to. KDE works well on most of the hardware out there, and changing that would likely require us to remove many of the features that people have strongly requested over the past few years. The minimum hardware requirements are actually hard to define, given all the different types of hardware that KDE runs on, and the huge variety of hardware in existence. Chances are if you have a 300MHz or better processor and 128MB of memory, KDE will run quite nicely. You may not be able to take advantage of all the fancy features such as transparency, high resolution, and high-color images, and anti-aliased fonts, but it should certainly be quite usable. KDE can run with less memory as well, but I don't recommend it..."

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