On Sun, 5 Feb 2012 21:57:49 -0800 (PST) Darrell Anderson <humanreadable@...> wrote: > > I use KDE 4.8 on one of my laptops and use it nearly the > > same way as I > > use Trinity. > > Could you just name such a "latest desktop fashion" which > > is: > > -newer than KDE 3.5 > > -visible from the user (e.g. not the fact that KMail2 uses > > Akonadi), and > > -which use is *required* in the KDE4 desktop interface > > Sure, I can do that. :) > > Odd that you should exclude KMail and Akonadi, which pretty much pins > the tail on the donkey. Because it is a technical one, and I was talking about user-interface change. If it works (and it seems to finally work in 4.8) it won't change anything for the user. Moreover a SQL DB is not necessarily heavy, such technology was already used in LAMP stacks a decade ago, when the first PIV's were the latest radiators from Intel. > > KDE4 will not run on older hardware. An idle, stripped-to-the-bones > KDE4 desktop (along with the underlying operating system) requires > more than 512 MB of RAM. That more or less excludes people on fixed > incomes with older computers and people in developing regions of the > world from using KDE4. From my perspective KDE4 has become a geek's > playground and geeks almost always have bleeding edge hardware. > Understandably so because time is money. The faster development > proceeds the faster the results. Better hardware improves that kind > of environment. But that kind of environment is not what non > developers use, which is where software should always be tested. > Fellow geeks using bleeding edge hardware and sharing similar > opinions seldom provide good feedback for usability testing. I think it will somehow run on 256 MB of RAM. But not anything less. By the way 512 MB of old-technology RAM is significantly cheaper than a new computer, if the motherboard supports it. In France it is something like €15 including taxes.