FreeBSD 9.0 amd64 RC1 and KDE4

Mehmet Erol Sanliturk m.e.sanliturk at
Wed Oct 26 23:09:26 UTC 2011

The KDE4 in FreeBSD 9.0 RC1 amd64 is generating enormous amount of error
messages during usage ( not visible on screen , but seen after Ctrl-Alt-F1
discontinuation of X ) . This is making it extremely slow which may be
considered to be practically unusable . Actually parts are working generally
but every step is waiting so much that such a usage is not practically
applicable .

The KDE4 in FreeBSD 9.0 RC1 i386 is working satisfactorily , but for memory
requirements , it is not an alternative .

There are important usability differences between both architectures with
respect to KDE4 execution .

One alternative is mentioned as PC-BSD , but installation of PC-BSD is NOT
possible :

In PC-BSD 8.2 amd64 Release and following snapshot(s) , within 18 ( eighteen
) hours , only a small percent ( less than % 10 ) could be installed .
Now , in PC-BSD 9.0 RC1 amd64 , I am still waiting : In 4 ( four ) hours it
could come to "Installing Meta Package : base-system" .
Such an installation structure is really unusable . I will discontinue it
because it seems that complete install will require many days with that
speed  .

I am continuously installing many other distributions which mostly they are
consuming time around thirty minutes ( except upgrade during installation ,
if it is selected )  .

Thirty minutes may be considered an acceptable duration for installation ,
let's say , time less than one hour as endurable .
It should not be forgotten that , the task is copy of approximately 4 Giga
Bytes to hard disk from a DVD-Rom with an additional decompressing of files

Therefore , for the KDE4 users in the amd64 platform , there is a big
problem .

This was also the case for 8.2 amd64 Release .

Thank you very much .

Mehmet Erol Sanliturk

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