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    Quote Originally Posted by nepwk View Post
    You guys are hilarious, this is why distros don't take KDE seriously.
    No it's not... The distro's took a dislike to the licencing for qt quite a few years back and decided to get behind GNOME. (The story for SUSe is a little different)...
    It's now several years later and the distro teams have lots of experience polishing the GNOME environment so they aren't likely to look at anything else.
    Of course this does stop KDE from being so good that the distros simply can't ignore it but there you go.

    I really want to like KDE, it looks better than Gnome, the KDE application suite is better than Gnome, QT is better than GTK and the overall desktop experience is more polished.

    However, to sit there and tell me that all 5 of my PCs that ran KDE poorly are "isolated incidents" is laughable. Even when it runs OK, it certainly doesn't run well. I actually ran Kubuntu for a while once, bit that was on a Pentium M machine with a IGP. That machine had slow graphics in general, but it was by far my best KDE experience.
    If KDE took an objective look at themselves and made a real attempt to fix it's problems, then KDE might become the dominant DE, rather than an "alternative desktop choice".[/QUOTE]

    For better or worse KDE has taken the stance that driver bugs get fixed in the drivers not in KDE. IMO this is the right decision as it makes everybodies life more pleasant in the long run. Unfortunately the driver situation in Linux leaves a lot to be desired. Enlightenment uses it's own custom software compositor that has been over 10 years in the writing and compiz uses a much older GL path than KWin and doesn't expose the same hardware bugs. The nVidia team have so far been best at fixing their drivers to work as advertised... The NeauVou drivers that I briefly tested were quite pleasant (Because I my work I have only really two choices - Binary nVidia drivers or use Windows). Intel have has been a bit patchy.

    Personally I find it pretty sad that the OpenGL spec is 4.2 and some drivers still having difficulty implementing OpenGL 2 level functionality - but Like the KDE Dev team most of the open source driver developers are volunteers so my hats off to them for the amount they have achieved we would be a lot worse off without them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
    KDE the desktop environment doesn't have any problems whatsoever running on AMD hardware. Only KWin, the window manager does. Replace it with Compiz if you want, and keep using the rest of KDE. This is what (pre 3.0) GNOME does, anyway..
    Gnome never used Compiz instead of Metacity. Ubuntu and its derivatives switched to compiz at some point.

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    I switched from Gnome 2 to KDE 4.7 about a month ago, so I guess I tested enough.
    I liked gnome, except for it's look. It did everything I wanted. But with Ubuntus latest move to Unity and the new Gnome 3 interface, I was looking for an alternative: KUbuntu or XUbuntu (another distribution was no choice for me).
    And honestly, I like KDE a lot. The only thing I really dislike is KIO. It's just so much inferior to gvfs from a user's point of view. And well, there are a few bugs of course (I think AmaroK is worst wenn it comes to bugs), but there were also bugs in gnome. The difference is simply, that I'm used to work around them in gnome and have to get used to do the same for KDE too. Just as I'd have to on Windows (and I think there are a lot more usability-glitches in Windows than any of the modern Linux desktops)
    But the overall-experience of KDE 4.7 is pretty good, IMO. Better than gnomes. And when it comes to functionality and features, KDE is definitely superior (well, except for kio/gvfs..).
    And btw: I am on a AMD Radeon HD6870. I used fglrx for a while and I'm now with the opensource radeon driver. Both work perfectly with KDEs default settings. And the effects are smooth. All of them (at least all I tried).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kayosiii View Post
    No it's not... The distro's took a dislike to the licencing for qt quite a few years back and decided to get behind GNOME. (The story for SUSe is a little different)...
    It's now several years later and the distro teams have lots of experience polishing the GNOME environment so they aren't likely to look at anything else.
    Of course this does stop KDE from being so good that the distros simply can't ignore it but there you go.
    All of the major distros take the time to make a KDE spin, which they certainly don't have to. The reason they don't make it their main, default edition that they recommend you to download is because it's pretty much guaranteed to annoy a lot of people with bugs and a lot of lag in the desktop experience.

    Quote Originally Posted by kayosiii View Post
    For better or worse KDE has taken the stance that driver bugs get fixed in the drivers not in KDE. IMO this is the right decision as it makes everybodies life more pleasant in the long run. Unfortunately the driver situation in Linux leaves a lot to be desired. Enlightenment uses it's own custom software compositor that has been over 10 years in the writing and compiz uses a much older GL path than KWin and doesn't expose the same hardware bugs. The nVidia team have so far been best at fixing their drivers to work as advertised... The NeauVou drivers that I briefly tested were quite pleasant (Because I my work I have only really two choices - Binary nVidia drivers or use Windows). Intel have has been a bit patchy.
    OK, so it went from "KDE doesn't have bugs, yours are isolated incidents" to "we know it doesn't work properly, but it's both Catalyst and Radeon's fault, not ours". Furthermore, the idea that it's in everybody's best interest for KDE to stay broken is absurd. If that were really the case, and Kwin was just flawless if not for Radeon screwing, then the KDE devs should be in an excellent position to help fix the alleged Radeon bugs, which would then fix the Kwin not-our-bugs. I'd be willing to bet KDE hasn't collaborated on fixing any bugs with the FOSS Radeon driver devs, because what you're saying simply isn't true.

    Quote Originally Posted by kayosiii View Post
    Personally I find it pretty sad that the OpenGL spec is 4.2 and some drivers still having difficulty implementing OpenGL 2 level functionality - but Like the KDE Dev team most of the open source driver developers are volunteers so my hats off to them for the amount they have achieved we would be a lot worse off without them.
    I agree, I'm glad they are around, I just wish they'd get their head out of their arse and make their DE stable, rather than relegating themselves to becoming the next Enlightenment e17, ie: never leaving alpha quality except on a select few hardware configurations. Denying one's problems, and/or blaming them on everybody else doesn't do anybody any favors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxim Levitsky View Post
    And note that compared to gnome and ubuntu assholes (yes assholes, call me troll or anything, buts its true), this is inteface for tablets and its not forced on desktop users.

    MS, which seems to do same mistake will pay for it too, and I bet first thing most w8 users will do is to get metro out of their way.
    Are you brain dead, or just a hater?

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    Quote Originally Posted by devius View Post
    Too bad it's riddled with ridiculous little bugs that take away all the usability it potentially has. I'd really like to like KDE, but after using it for a few months I just can't. If you don't do anything with your computer it looks like an awesome Desktop Environment, but as soon as you try to get any real work done everything falls apart and Plasma implodes...
    Shhhhh, quiet goddamit! My employers don't NEED to know I'm not getting anything done all day round because I use stupid KDE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nepwk View Post
    Could you recommend specific versions of specific distros that you'd like me to test?
    I use Kubuntu 11.04 with KDE 4.6.5 as my main desktop and with tweaks I mentoned in my previous post, desktop effects are super smooth with both opensource and fglrx driver. The same applies for Kubuntu 11.10.

    But these are kde tweaks, they are not distro-specific. So if you don't like Kubuntu, choose another distro with kde 4.6 or 4.7 and give it a test. I think these tweaks will make huge difference on your machines. On mine ati/amd machine they do

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnelle View Post
    But these are kde tweaks, they are not distro-specific. So if you don't like Kubuntu, choose another distro with kde 4.6 or 4.7 and give it a test. I think these tweaks will make huge difference on your machines. On mine ati/amd machine they do
    Those tweaks are hardware specific. For some users that brings advantages for some it will make things worse. If those settings would be the optimal solutions they would be the default settings. We try very hard to find the optimal settings for the known hardware limitations, e.g. for Intel hardware we do not enable the blur effect by default.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nepwk View Post
    You guys are hilarious, this is why distros don't take KDE seriously.

    I really want to like KDE, it looks better than Gnome, the KDE application suite is better than Gnome, QT is better than GTK and the overall desktop experience is more polished.

    However, to sit there and tell me that all 5 of my PCs that ran KDE poorly are "isolated incidents" is laughable. Even when it runs OK, it certainly doesn't run well. I actually ran Kubuntu for a while once, bit that was on a Pentium M machine with a IGP. That machine had slow graphics in general, but it was by far my best KDE experience.

    If KDE took an objective look at themselves and made a real attempt to fix it's problems, then KDE might become the dominant DE, rather than an "alternative desktop choice".
    You have GOT to be kidding. I have a number of AMD and Intel systems (with ATI and Intel graphics respectively), and KDE is better than GNOME on all of them. Likewise, the AMD systems are better performance-per-dollar than the Intel systems. The "trick" I believe is simply to use the open source graphics drivers.

    Besides, GNOME has nothing like the power and flexibility of KDE's Plasma desktop.

    http://aseigo.blogspot.com/2011/10/activities.html

    Not even close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schnelle View Post
    @nepwk, can you try this tweaks on your systems and see if they help? This is what I HAVE to do to get smooth desktop effects with my amd/ati hardware:

    1) Turn off blur.
    2) Turn off vsync in kwin
    3) Turned off all oxygen animations (alt+f2 and type oxygen-settings and in widget style and window decorations tabs turn off animations)
    4) Change graphics system to raster. Install kde-config-qt-graphicssystem in Kubuntu or find it on http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=129817. Then go to SystemSettings>Qt graphics system and change to raster. Log out and log back in and test. Desktop effects should be smoother and whole desktop should be much more resposive and faster (because of raster).
    5) In KDE 4.7, to get smooth desktop effects with opensource driver I have also to uncheck "Use opengl2 shaders" in kwin.

    I am very interesed in your test results because I have only one amd/ati system and this tweaks are mandatory for me since KDE 4.5.
    Being a man of my word, I tested Kubuntu 11.10 on the aforementioned Llano desktop. I waited for 11.10, as the 3.0 kernel was necessary to have working FOSS drivers for Llano.

    1. Booted up, it's a bit jittery with white flashes, I have no desktop effects, and that little piano riff played waaaaaay too late.
    2. I manually enable desktop effects, I receive notification that basically every effect can't be turned on.
    3. I disable Vsync. Now I have desktop effects.
    4. I turn off oxygen animations, now I get a soft-crash warning and some occasional screen corruption. Because of this I forget to follow your step #4.
    5. I uncheck "Use opengl2 shaders". The overall desktop seems reasonably fast and stable now. I proceed to test a few of the desktop effect hotkeys.
    6. I immediately lose my entire screen. I CTRL+ALT+SYSREQ+K it, which pops up some weird error. I hit enter a couple times, and now I'm at a terminal. startx gives an error saying X is already running. Not really caring anymore, I issue the shutdown command.

    Before I tested Kubuntu's live CD, I'd already tested and did a clean install of Ubuntu 11.10 on the same PC. It works pretty well, I can't really fault it on anything. It's fast and stable, especially for having just come out today.

    If KDE's official position is that my desktop should be broken, and somebody else should fix it, then I will continue to use Unity and/or Gnome, and I will continue to encourage others to do the same.

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