Oxygen animations and font rendering

Nikola Schnelle n.schnelle at gmail.com
Tue Nov 27 14:01:32 UTC 2012

I installed Kubuntu on many different PCs/laptops and I have noticed 2
problems destroying out of box Kubuntu experience.

1) With "Window active state change transitions" window decoration
animation, desktop effects are choppy on mostly graphic cards/graphic
drivers. Yesterday I installed Kubuntu on my brother's brand new pc with
high end amd gpu and I was stunned to see that desktop effects are choppy
with default settings (with this oxygen animation turned on).

Screenshot of oxygen settings:

KDE bug report: https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=226182
It's marked "Resolved upstream". Well, I am experiencing this bug since
this animation was introduced (KDE 4.4) and it still isn't fixed.

Disabling only this animation by default will greatly improve desktop
effects on affected systems. It is night and day difference.

2) I think that font rendering is not good enough by default. I found that
the best settings are: use anti-aliasing: enabled, use sub-pixel rendering:
RGB, hinting style: slight.

I think with these small changes to Kubuntu defaults, average users and
newcomers to Kubuntu will have better out of box experience. Experienced
users will be able to tweak Kubuntu (KDE) setting to suit their needs
regardless of these potential changes to Kubuntu defaults.

At the end, I want thank everyone involved in making Kubuntu reality. You
guys rock!
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