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    Phoronix: KDE 4.6.0 Has Arrived

    Besides today being an exciting day in that AMD has finally fixed the screen tearing issues with the Catalyst 11.1 binary driver (albeit at the cost of increased video memory usage and additional latency), KDE desktop fans can be more excited as version 4.6 of the KDE Software Compilation has been released. KDE 4.6.0 brings many new improvements and features to the Plasma Workspaces, KDE Applications, and KDE Development Platform...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTA0OQ

  • #2
    Again an Ubuntu alpha story get's more column inches than a major version KDE release

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    • #3
      Originally posted by FireBurn View Post
      Again an X/graphics-related story get's more column inches than a major version KDE release
      After all, X/graphics is the primary focus at Phoronix, where as the KDE 4.6 release is mentioned at every Linux news site under the sun so there is really no unique value for me to add to it. If you would like to contribute more to the KDE release news item, you're more than welcome to and it's happily accepted.
      Michael Larabel
      http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Michael View Post
        After all, X/graphics is the primary focus at Phoronix, where as the KDE 4.6 release is mentioned at every Linux news site under the sun so there is really no unique value for me to add to it. If you would like to contribute more to the KDE release news item, you're more than welcome to and it's happily accepted.
        +1 beer for you if you're ever in DC. Buuuurn

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Michael View Post
          After all, X/graphics is the primary focus at Phoronix, where as the KDE 4.6 release is mentioned at every Linux news site under the sun so there is really no unique value for me to add to it. If you would like to contribute more to the KDE release news item, you're more than welcome to and it's happily accepted.
          Excellent I look forward to hearing less news about Gnome 3 / Shell / Unity / Unity-qt and any other mutterings from Ubuntu press releases or mailing lists if they're not X/graphics focused too...

          Several paragraphs every 6 months would at least give the folks at Canonical sometime to decide which toolkit they'd prefer to use in the mean time

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          • #6
            Awesome release

            Running KDE software 4.6 since RC1 and it is working and looking great. I love how they improved the activities concept with this release. Git integration directly in Dolphin file browser is very nice. And today we also got KDevelop 4.2. Great day for releases

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Michael View Post
              After all, X/graphics is the primary focus at Phoronix
              Which means you could cover the KWin changes (which didn't happen at all in this news item) but instead even stupid World of Warcraft gets deeper coverage...

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              • #8
                Upgrading right now. Hopefully Kubuntu doesn't blow up like last time.

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                • #9
                  What's the startup/login time like with KDE 4.6?

                  Also, has nepomuk stopped being an atrocious resource hog yet? I appreciate the idea, but last time I tried it (which I think was KDE 4.4.3), it was eating a stupid amount of CPU/RAM/disk.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ex-Cyber View Post
                    What's the startup/login time like with KDE 4.6?
                    KDM to desktop is about 7 seconds from cold boot here. 3 seconds warm (meaning logging out and then back in again.)

                    Also, has nepomuk stopped being an atrocious resource hog yet? I appreciate the idea, but last time I tried it (which I think was KDE 4.4.3), it was eating a stupid amount of CPU/RAM/disk.
                    No idea, I have it disabled

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                    • #11
                      nepomuk

                      Originally posted by Ex-Cyber View Post
                      What's the startup/login time like with KDE 4.6?

                      Also, has nepomuk stopped being an atrocious resource hog yet? I appreciate the idea, but last time I tried it (which I think was KDE 4.4.3), it was eating a stupid amount of CPU/RAM/disk.
                      As far as I can tell, nepomuk has stopped being a horrible resource hog. It may use more resources at first but once everything is indexed, from then on it doesn't use much at all. At least on my desktop.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ex-Cyber View Post
                        What's the startup/login time like with KDE 4.6?
                        ~5-7 seconds on a quad core Phenom machine.
                        ~3 seconds on a dual Xeon workstation.

                        Also, has nepomuk stopped being an atrocious resource hog yet? I appreciate the idea, but last time I tried it (which I think was KDE 4.4.3), it was eating a stupid amount of CPU/RAM/disk.
                        During the 4.6 beta phase I re-enabled it (including strigi) on both machines after having it disabled since, err, it was released.
                        After a short burst of activity (presumably, initial indexing), I no longer see it.

                        FYI, both machines run Fedora 14/x86_64 and KDE 4.6 RPMS from kde-redhat/unstable.

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                        • #13
                          Does anybody know if it plays nice with Nvidia graphics cards? I really like KDE but 4.X so far has had issues with Nvidia cards, things like slowdowns for no reason and Kscrensaver won't come up 95% of the time, though I prefer Xscreensaver anyway, but it would still be nice if Kscreensaver worked.

                          I might have to try it out after Mint 10 KDE is released.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Awesomeness View Post
                            Which means you could cover the KWin changes (which didn't happen at all in this news item) but instead even stupid World of Warcraft gets deeper coverage...
                            Nah... that would only happen if it was bad news about KWin or if Ubuntu switched to KDE.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SciFiDude79 View Post
                              Does anybody know if it plays nice with Nvidia graphics cards? I really like KDE but 4.X so far has had issues with Nvidia cards, things like slowdowns for no reason and Kscrensaver won't come up 95% of the time, though I prefer Xscreensaver anyway, but it would still be nice if Kscreensaver worked.

                              I might have to try it out after Mint 10 KDE is released.
                              I've seen some blog posts and reports that KWin 4.6 works much better with NVidia drivers as they have put in some workarounds the problems that these drivers have. But I can't say first-hand since it has been quite some time since I had a NVidia card, all AMD/ATI here and all work fine with open source drivers, even the old Radeon 9600 in my 6 year old computer.

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