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kreggz
6th February 2009, 07:21 AM
Installed KDE 4.2 on my laptop today which runs Fedora 10. As an aside, I run KDE 4.2 on Ubuntu 8.10 at home.

From what I can tell from using it today it is a lot more stable than kde 4.1.x, and moderately more stable than Ubuntu kde 4.2.

1. System Tray will show corrupted icons and there is something called qt-subapplication which if double click removes my task bar and crashes kde.
2. Google gadgets don't work, mostly it is impossible to add them and when you do plasma crashes. The KDE widgets act strangely, for example the RSS widget doesn't seem to work and if you lock the system monitor widget and press a button it will crash. Maybe google gadgets should be optional for tinkerers until it is more stable.
3. Forget enabling effects, it is prone to crashing, I have disabled it. (I don't use compiz in gnome either)
4. kde 4 is bloated, I wonder how much efficiency can be gained by people making improvements to the code?
5. Copying files, it might be just me but if I copy something in kde 4.2 the progress bar shows for a short amount of time and then it disapears...

Had no problem with printing, samba

To summarise, it is getting there but I am have to be careful not to play around with the task bar or widgets too much.

Demz
6th February 2009, 07:32 AM
KDE4 is getting there but as iv'e said in another thread, KDE4 wont be fully there till atleast 4.3 if not 4.4 but thats a good review. im sure there wil be more to come :)

Hlingler
6th February 2009, 08:02 AM
(3) KDE4/plasma requires advanced compositing, which is beyond the capabilities of my very old ATI Rage Pro chipset. Suggest you try xcompmgr for "basic" desktop effects (shadows, translucency, etc.):
yum install xcompmgr

My start-up script (~/.kde/Autostart/xcompmgr -> /home/vince/bin/xcompmgr) ~/bin/xcompmgr:#!/bin/sh
sleep 30
xcompmgr -r 3 -l 3 -t 3 -I 5 -O 5 -D 100 -cfCF && disown
exit 0

V

linuxcolor
8th February 2009, 11:06 AM
Pls any body know.
How to install KDE 4.2 in Fedora 10 ?

Demz
8th February 2009, 11:08 AM
install it from command line? by enabling the updates-testing repo or use YUMEX http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=211034&page=4 follow that thread

BlueTrin
8th February 2009, 10:36 PM
I tried it (KDE 4), it does not seem very efficient for now

fedora development (http://www.linux-archive.org/fedora-development/)

Demz
8th February 2009, 11:22 PM
why wouldnt it seem very " efficient "

kreggz
9th February 2009, 12:02 AM
after today's update I can add google gadgets, even though they aren't in the widget list I can do a search and find the one I want.

lol, kde 4.2 not efficient? its a beta..

Demz
9th February 2009, 12:18 AM
KDE4.2.0 went final on 27th Jan so its no longer final, sure it still has bugs in it an no way totally complete till KDE4.3.0

but KDE4.2.0 is a hell of a lot better than 4.1.0 an below . im impressed with it

linuxcolor
9th February 2009, 04:27 AM
Gr8, thanks........
Now i successfully update my Fedora 10 with KDE 4.2 .

Really Kde 4.2 is amazing desktop.

Johnny Utah
9th February 2009, 04:39 AM
Eh, KDE sucks.... J/K!

I'm really enjoying 4.2, especially on Fedora. The only bugs I've encountered so far have been cosmetic (system tray icons distorted)

Demz
9th February 2009, 05:57 AM
only thing i cant get going real well on KDE4.2 is screensavers, maybe there's a package i have to download for those i missed

kreggz
9th February 2009, 09:20 AM
hey i had that prob too, i install the really slick screensavers, rss-glx-kde

Demz
9th February 2009, 09:30 AM
i'll install those, i didnt think to look for them