Originally Posted by Speed Daemon
That's my biggest gripe with GNOME3 and KDE4, that they seem to be trying to out-Windows even Windows!
The thing is, they run great--on up-to-date hardware. *SEE NOTE BELOW*
I absolutely love KDE4 on my newest laptop, the one I bought last year; it's an HP dv7t and KDE4 is *FAST* as can be on it. The problem I ran into on my old laptop, the HP dv6000, was that I kept upgrading Kubuntu past the point where the hardware could handle it. It was absolutely fine up until 10.10...but I didn't stop!
Oh, I also tried putting Fedora 16 on the old laptop...and couldn't even get to the install option. It ran slower than frozen molasses.
*NOTE* One of the many great things about Linux is CHOICE. If you don't have current, whiz bang hardware, you're not out of luck. You don't have to toss your computer and buy a new one. That's the micro$oft way of doing things--force continual upgrades of hardware and software--not the Linux way. There are so many distro choices that you can find one that will work great on old hardware. So while current KDE and GNOME may be resource intensive, they're not your only choices. You can not only install older versions of, for example, Kubuntu, but you can also find beautiful alternatives that look and function great, but don't require the resources that current KDE, GNOME, Unity, and others do.