wheee. I have kde4 on my laptop now, and it just *zooms*. maybe it has something to do with the 4 gigs of ram ;) or the fact that I’m not using debug packages atm. it’s incredibly fast. I’m running kdemod unstable, which seems to be trunk packages – very, very unstable indeed. :) akregator likes to crash every few minutes when I use it, but I can restart it so quickly I don’t really care. ;)
for comparison… my desktop, with nvidia and 512mb ram and opensuse 10.3 runs like a fscking *slug*. I haven’t even attempted composite there. since it doesn’t have a dvd drive I can’t do the dvd upgrade to 11, so I think I might wipe it clean someday, do a fresh install of opensuse 11, and see what that’s like.
my old laptop, with intel hardware and 768mb ram and a rather messed up system based on kubuntu feisty, ran kde4 with composite pretty well – I was never annoyed by slowness or impressed by speed.
for now, I’m quite happy with arch. hopefully today I’ll have time to configure xorg, so that I can have scroll wheels and compositing – I’m running without an xorg.conf right now, and surprised at how well that works. I have suspend to ram and hibernate to disk *both* working, and so far they’ve been flawless – only funny bit is that while powerdevil has no problem triggering them, kickoff’s buttons do *nothing*. s’weird. hopefully I’ll have a powerdevil plasmoid soon, and then I’ll be able to click a suspend button there. :)
…oh, one other odd thing. no kde sound effects yet. sound is working for mplayer n’stuff, but phonon seems to be silent, and the sound config dialog doesn’t even have a ‘test’ button any more. did I miss something here? even weirder, it’s using gstreamer instead of xine, and there is no other option…
and I notice wordpress is working a lot better in konqueror suddenly. neat. :)
anyways, next thing I have to figure out is mail. I want to be able to check mail from either my n810 or my laptop, but the imap client on the n810 is far worse than using gmail’s web interface, despite the instability of the browser. :( and gmail, in its infinite wisdom, doesn’t mark mail as read when I read it via imap (although it’s possible that might be the client’s fault). I’ve heard generally bad things about its imap support too…
I really want to get back to using a real mail client, because it’s really hard to follow all the mail I get with the web interface’s limited filters. there’s also that small matter of not always being on teh interwebs. I’m not sure what to do, though; if I set up mail properly on my laptop, then it’ll be harder to read it on the n810. if I find a different imap host and move away from gmail, it’ll be even harder to check mail on my n810. ideally I’d just like to have a non-sucky imap client on my n810, but it sounds like kdepim has its hands full already, so I may have to wait a while.
this is a bit of an awkward time to be contemplating a change in mail stuff. (oh, and I also have to choose between kmail and mailody on the laptop. hrrm.)