This is a short note to tell you that I managed to download and install KDE 3.5.3 (a whopping 231 MB of Slackware packages!). I do not perceive any functionality changes (and I shouldn’t, by the way), but on the whole the environment seems to be more robust, stable, and more willing to coexist in a machine with several hardware constraints.
The press release specifically mentioned that this release should start faster, and I can confirm that. On
goyeneche, the 128 MB Celeron 466 IBM PC 300 GL I use at office, KDE start times were as follows:
- KDE 3.5.2: 41.64 s
- KDE 3.5.3: 28.51s
The time was measured from the moment the key Enter was pressed on the
startx command (in init 3, of course) to the point where control was given to the user.
As you can see, there is an improvement of about 31.54% from KDE 3.5.2. Kudos to the KDE hackers!