Sunday, November 02, 2008

Curious About KDE 4.1

I'm so curious about KDE 4.1 which has been released for some time. At the moment, Slackware-Current does provide KDE 4.1.2 on /testing, but the current build requires me to remove the KDE 3.5.x. This is not a good solution for me as i still think KDE 3.5.x is more stable and flexible compared to KDE 4.1.x. Also some application is still not ready in KDE 4, so i'm sticking to KDE 3.5.x probably until KDE 4.2 released next year (they are planning to release it at January).

So when Kubuntu 8.10 has been released with KDE 4.1.2 on it, i tried it on a test computer which previously had Ubuntu 8.04 on it. I delete the old partition and install Kubuntu 8.10 on it. At first, i was impressed, since it seems that Kubuntu has done great job to make a good first impression. I had a chance to try the desktop effect as well and it's working, even though not all of them are available due to the usage of non high VGA cards. In general, everything works just great. Too bad 8.10 still ships with OOo 2.4.1, while OOo 3.0 is already being released.

KDE 4.x should give performance boost during startup, but i experienced a slow startup even though the specs are quite good and i expected better performance with that spec. Well, it's not a major problem as i can live with it.