Has anyone noticed the truckload of Nepomuk fixes? It seems Nepomuk pains are (finally/at last/whatever) becoming a thing from the past.
hdas, instead of that, install Icon Tasks. Yes, it will remind you of Unity, but at least it can close tasks properly.Originally Posted by hdas
It is very nice if they have indeed improved Nepomuk stability. But my point is why release it at first place and integrate it heavily when it is buggy. After all, most people do not need it.
I could probably use Icon Tasks or even some of the other task managers for KDE. But apparently the problem is with kwin (the window decorator/manager) not sending the right signals to taskmanager when one closes a window - at least that is my (possibly incorrect) understanding after wading through the bug threads. But my bigger gripe is that it was working before, so this is a regression, and to me a very obvious and intolerable regression - a feature that is expected to work flawlessly on even ancient desktop environments - so I am disappointed that they released this software at first place.
Furthermore, just when I thought I somewhat understood semantic desktop, and it seemed somewhat cool, although a niche feature and not useful to me, they add something called "activities" stuff to the mix. Why do does a regular user need to know a new fancy desktop concept and paradigm every time they have a point release in 6 months, and that too a broken one at it.
Also, obscure names like nepomuk, akonadi or strigi, and their related error messages are even more baffling.
What is even funnier is that the KDM problem with X server crashing at logout has been so common that I had disabled the reset X server feature a long time back (about 2 years ago, on my Gentoo Linux system). But somehow upstream apparently has no problems on any of their machines I guess, so it is still there in the default config file.
On a different note, I also wonder what is the point of all these different distributions, and why don't they share bug fixes and config files freely among themselves and upstream. Its nice to talk about choice, but currently it seems they more or less offer the same fundamental thing, all of them duplicating most of the effort. I can see that Slackware, Gentoo, Debian are different in a deeper way, but I don't see a huge difference between Debian/Ubuntu/Mint/Fedora/Suse/Mandriva in terms of functionality.
It depends on how much you want to be doing with your processor at the same time. Graphics processors are orders of magnitude faster at some operations. Basically unless you have enough people testing the software before it is released (that is on a wide enough range of hardware) it will be untested (this is almost by definition).On that note, why do they need to offload more drawing things to the graphics processor - I understand it is more efficient, faster and all that, but CPU's are already fast enough and extremely stable at doing such stuff. (I can imagine even a lowly netbook CPU like Atom or Fusion will do just fine on such drawing operations.) So why release some untested crap and break things.
PS. I know of two good software based compositors. One was in versions of OSX up to Lion and the other is the one in Enlightenment version 0.17. Both took a *lot* of effort to get right.
Unfortunately some parts of the Linux Graphics stack still suck and until somebody actually uses those features and the get tested and debugged they are going to continue to suck.
Last edited by kayosiii; 11-02-2011 at 06:23 PM.
Anyway, in KDE 4.8 the taskbar, like anything else in your Plasma desktop, gets a rewrite in QML (to support tray icons along tasks), and those Akonadi and Nepomuk names are gone. The solution for all your issues may be weeks away. About Icon Tasks working where the normal Taskbar fails... that probes the bug is in the taskbar. I've tried Smooth Tasks, also with good results. If you install Smooth Tasks and expand all tasks, you get a very Default Taskbar-like look.
Also, this is Free Software after all. If you want a stable Nepomuk layer, you need testing and someone willing to bugfix. The second part was achieved two months ago, and we are already feeling the difference. Remember that Nepomuk is the same thing Microsoft tried and ditched (do you remember WinFS?), so it's 10x more complicated to try a never tried before thing.
Last edited by Alejandro Nova; 11-02-2011 at 10:55 PM.