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Developers / Re: KDE a little overkill?
« on: July 12, 2007, 06:43:22 pm »
Just to add my own experiences...

  "A problem with LinuxMCE 1.0 was that the window manager in the Gnome desktop in Ubuntu does not support compositing and some of the other extensions needed to deliver a rich multi-media experience."
Compositing support in metacity is currently being integrated. I can fully understand that you didn't yet want to use that, but I don't understand why this is a reason to take KDE. GNOME allows you to use whichever window manager you want. Why not just use something like CompizFusion (, or in former times Beryl or Compiz?). And... what exactly are "other extensions needed to deliver a rich multi-media experience."?

  "However, you cannot have two X sessions both using hardware acceleration, therefore LinuxMCE forced Ubuntu to use Vesa mode, and the integration was messy."
As already mentioned several times, this is simply a complete lie. I have used two servers, both with hardware OpenGL acceleration, several times before and I even did it a few minutes ago, just to confirm it's working. I don't know which hardware/drivers you're using, but I think it's most certain that they were causing this problem. Anyway, it works fine (NVIDIA-drivers version 1.0-9755).

Please understand that not everybody has enough money to buy a high-end media-center PC. Most media-center PCs will probably be old PCs with only a relatively low amount of memory. I know, KDE and GNOME, both configured well, use about the same amount of RAM. But there are other alternatives, like the already mentioned Xubuntu. A media-center PC is something most people won't use as a desktop, but only as media-center. So a big desktop environment like KDE or GNOME is simply a waste of time (They take longer to start than thinner environments) and ressources like CPU and RAM.

So please, explain to me why you chose Kubuntu/KDE. Or switch to something different.

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