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KDE 4.2 released – netbook workable?

Posted by anjilslaire on January 27, 2009

After the release of KDE4-only in Intrepid, I found it unuseable for my tastes, even as 4.1. As a result, I switched to Xubuntu 8.10 on my desktop, with my preferred KDE apps installed in order to feel like home. I’ve never been much fan of gnome, and wanted a pretty lightweight DE to run my KDE apps.  This has all been documented before.

Today however, KDE has released 4.2 to much fanfare, calling it  greatly useable for the masses, apparently.

My 1st thought is, “Is is still so much slower than 3.5x?” My desktop hardware is beginning to age, at an AMD AthlonXP 3200+, 2gigs PC3200 RAM, and a GeForce 6600GT 128mb. I don’t do much gaming on the PC anymore, so I haven’t had a need to upgrade in quite some time. I’ve been happy with it.

I’m considering moving back to KDE to test the waters again, because I reallty do like the functionality that KDE provides (Or should I say provided?). Which got me to thinking:

How will KDE 4.2 run on an Atom-powered netbook? I’ve got my trusty Mini 9 loaded up with vanilla Intrepid and the Netbook Remix, with 2gigs of ram no less. Surely it can run KDE, right? Right?!?

Strangely enough, I may have to be a forerunner and try it myself, much like Xubuntu on the netbook a while back.

I’ll let you know how it goes…

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Mini 9 WPA resolved

Posted by anjilslaire on January 2, 2009

After a couple days of tweaking, I’ve got the WPA issues resolved. Strangely enough, it sort of did it itself. I’ve got Intrepid installed via usb stick, with the 1 line edit for sound, and the Broadcom STA driver for the wireless. After adjusting the network manager settings repeatedly, I finally stumbled upon and installed the svn version of network manager from the maintainers repository, deleted all wireless AP settings from network manager, and changed my router to WPA2 Personal AES from my original WPA Personal TKIP settings.More details here.

Voila, it started working. This being  on a linksys WRT54G device. Since then, I’ve been surfing happily from my couch rather than my desk, acessing my local network shares with ease. Now if I can remember to change the wifi settings on my PSP the next time I find it…

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