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GNOME Shell and Mutter: the Art of (not) Painting Pixels

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    mrbig
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    I enjoyed this article. It’s well written and easy to understand, with great illustrations. I cannot say the same about Gnome, I recently gave up on Ubuntu because the animations were sluggish...

    I enjoyed this article. It’s well written and easy to understand, with great illustrations. I cannot say the same about Gnome, I recently gave up on Ubuntu because the animations were sluggish even on my relatively powerful desktop, with a Ryzen processor, 16GB RAM, and SSD. Slowdowns on simple recurrent operations are unacceptable. So I switched to Kubuntu and the difference is astounding. How can KDE do so much more without sacrificing performance? Why would anyone willingly choose Gnome when there’s a truly capable desktop environment at their disposal?

    1. teaearlgraycold
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      Gnome runs just fine on my 6 year old Thinkpad. It's not perfect but I don't expect perfection from the specs I'm running it on. I'm surprised you found it unacceptably slow.

      Gnome runs just fine on my 6 year old Thinkpad. It's not perfect but I don't expect perfection from the specs I'm running it on. I'm surprised you found it unacceptably slow.

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      tindall
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      I think your experience isn't universal; gnome is plenty performant on my much more modest hardware. I choose to use it because I enjoy it and I'm tired of having very specific i3 configurations...

      I think your experience isn't universal; gnome is plenty performant on my much more modest hardware. I choose to use it because I enjoy it and I'm tired of having very specific i3 configurations or what have you that aren't portable to other machines.

      To each their own, but please don't shit on other people for the tech they use. ☺️

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        mrbig
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        It’s not an absurd slowdown/choppyness just a pervasive lag that is subtle yet noticeable enough to bother me.

        It’s not an absurd slowdown/choppyness just a pervasive lag that is subtle yet noticeable enough to bother me.

        1. tindall
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          Totally fair! This is why I love the free desktop, there's plenty of options that can fulfill anyone's needs.

          Totally fair! This is why I love the free desktop, there's plenty of options that can fulfill anyone's needs.

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