KDE 3.5.3 installed

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!


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  2. Hi! I want to upgrade my current installation of KDE to the most current version (3.5.5), but the computer it’s going on only has dialup access, and obviously it would take an EXTREMELY long time to get all of the necessary components.

    I have decided to attempt to install the program manually, downloading the pieces I need onto my laptop, then transferring them over to my XP machine and copying them to the Suse 10.0 installation, which can read NTFS partitions. yes, it sounds kinda Rube Goldberg-ish, but the laptop has wireless access, but no CD/DVD burner.

    Anyways, what components are required to do just a bare-bones install? Thank you)

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