So much Works For Me™ going on in this thread. On both sides of the fence. :rolleyes:
I can list a whole lot of problems with every DE I've tried. They all have serious issues. KDE included.
I'd like to know how a stable KDE (edition) is. :-) Which distro and KDE edition do you use?
I like some of the features, don't like others but the bottom line, is every distro that I've used it with has had serious crashes/freezes. I tried to pinpoint to certain software or was told to check hardware but most of it was declared okay.
I think it could just be using too many tabs or apps in Iceweasel/Firefox (I have been using KDE with Debian and Debian variants) but it even feels a bit unstable with other apps as well.
I am wondering if it is bloated since some people think it is whereas others think it's improving. I'm not sure how it could be both.
I agree with the previous comment that all the DEs have major issues. I guess that is why so many people are trying them all out now, it seems. DE hopping...
Well, reading this thread makes me wonder. Maybe it's actually the distributions who are messing up KDE so that it crashes.
I'm running Arch and KDE, and, in all honesty, never experienced a single crash since the day I'm using KDE.
I thinks it's because Arch doesn't modify KDE to the extent other distributions do, though I of course don't have a proof for that.
Or maybe I'm just extremely lucky.
Whatever, KDE always worked best for me, and I'm really longin for the Kwin improvements in 4.10 :D
Actually, i think it's the contrary : distribution sometimes manages to fix/enhance/hide KDE mess. The most obvious is SuSE i guess. But it costs a lot of manpower to do the QA that KDE fails to do.
You're probably lucky and have very big hardware ressources dedicated to the sole desktop environment (arguably, hard to mesure).
The only hardware requirement is (I think) working opengl driver. My old core2duo 1.6 GHz run KDE nicely. The only time I have a little to much processor activity is the initial indexing of my hard drive with strigi the first time after I set up the indexing.
Strigi is by the way, supposed to be replaced by some sort of nepomuk based indexer in kde 4.10 (according to a recent blog post).