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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
On the 4th of August, 2009, the KDE community released KDE 4.3.0, delivering its user base the first iteration of this next-generation KDE desktop environment. It boasts a modern and beautiful desktop, with over 10,000 bugs fixed and close to 2,000 features implemented over the older versions, such as the more buggy KDE 4.2.
For the KDE test we decided to use the KDE Four Live 1.3.0 Build 3.1 ISO image, which is based on openSUSE 11.1, since it has a stable base system for KDE to run on. We can't say the same thing for Kubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) Daily Build, a moving target that may introduce its own set of bugs into the KDE desktop environment.
The first thing that we laid our eyes on was the login screen of the Air theme, which was a bit too clunky for our taste. However, it fits in the general KDE 4 look – glossy graphics and transparent panels.
The desktop is quite impressive, even with all the gloss and shading; there is no menu lag or window dragging slowdown, which was to be expected since the proprietary graphics card driver wasn't installed.