So… I installed Mandriva with Gnome the other day, and found out that it didn’t seem to like my idiot Unichrome drivers that worked perfectly fine in KDE4. So… I reinstalled the KDE4 version, and had a mega-slow desktop.
I went into the settings and fiddled with it for awhile. I un-checked a bunch of stuff (basically all of the crap that handles the transparency, 3D stuff and the like). Now, it seems to be much, much snappier. I’m exceedingly happy! I wasn’t planning on it working, but after I did a restart of X, it seemed to be markedly faster.
I have seen no degradation of quality with time run. The computer seems to handle multiple programs easily.
Also, since my order from Newegg came in (very quickly, I might add), I have the wireless router upstairs and I’m getting very good signal on the couch. This is where I need the signal, since I spend most of my time in the family room. Heh.
Anyway, I’m loving Mandriva with KDE4 right now. Like I said before, you have to fiddle with things sometimes to get it working. It’s no different than any other thing; I just had to try out a bunch of stuff before it all worked. Heh.