[ubuntu-studio-devel] New for saucy

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Wed Aug 28 13:48:23 UTC 2013

On Wed, 2013-08-28 at 13:44 +0100, lukefromdc at hushmail.com wrote:
> I would NOT reconmend any compositing DE for a dual core or
> single-core machine used for any form of performance-critical work
> like multitrack audio or video editing.

This is one issue, while your assumption anyway is wrong, the other
issue is, that young GNOME forks like all relatively new and small,
unpaid projects need much longer observation than it was possible to do
for Cinnamon, before it should be available as an alternate DE by the
installer. I'm not only thinking about "in the last years I experienced
e.g. Cinnamon as good or bad", but who are the folks from upstream,
what's their policy, e.g. will the project be continued in two years
etc. pp., e.g. how does it interact with other installed software,
"Gnome-Control-Center has been forked. It is now called
Cinnamon-Control-Center and it combines Gnome-Control-Center and
Cinnamon-Settings" - Wiki.

Even the compositing issue has _nothing_ to do with the CPU, it's a
graphics driver and/or kernel issue. Even when using Xfce4, but with a
less good graphics driver, a transparent window doesn't cause a serious
issue when using a vanilla kernel, just if you use a rt patched vanilla
kernel, the performance for GUIs when using transparency, becomes an
issue. You don't need a fast CPU, you even don't need a fast graphics,
but you need a graphics driver that is good. Graphics drivers for Linux
are a serious issue per se.

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