My KDE week

Archive for August 2012

The KR49 repo holds KDE SC 4.9 packages for openSUSE users. For information on how to update please refer to the openSUSE wiki.

UPnP support was disable for the KR49 packages since it causes lots of crashes (if Windows shares are present on the network) and seems unmaintained within KDE, i.e. no fix to look forward to.

Kudos

Packaging-wise kudos go to Todd, Nico and everybody else doing the packaging in KR49.  If you find any packages missing in KR49 compared to KR48 please submit them via the buildservice or  drop a note on the opensuse-kde mailinglist.

KDE-wise I would like to thank especially Laurent Montel who contributes a lot to fixing-up kmail2, including adding email backup and import functionality. András Manţia is another developer who helps to get kmail2 into shape and re-worked the filtering for 4.9.  (There are of course many more who contribute to KDE!) Since AFAIK both work for KDAB, it is good to see that there are still developers payed to work on KDE while most distros seem to overload their so called KDE-team with non-KDE stuff, resulting in little or no contribution to KDE and just enough time to get packaging done, if at all.

Things I noticed with KDE SC 4.9 so far

In dolphin one can now add extra information to the main view, i.e. next to each item. Actually a nice feature. The sad thing is that it only works for indexed folders. The user cannot know about this and is presented with lots of “-” below each icon instead of just not showing anything if there is nothing to show. Enabling the additional information will block dolphin’s GUI for some time proportional to the amount of items in the current folder. Indexing still has some issues, e.g. nepomuk re-indexes movie and some sound files after every log-in. On top of that instead of just checking the length etc. it reads the whole file, i.e. hundreds of MB just to  start all over again after the next log-in.

The places pane presents some new items, i.e. you can add searches to it. While some default searches do not seem to be of any use, i.e. e.g. just list all audio files or pictures from all over the computer, the time-related queries can be quite useful if you are willing to invest the GB needed to build up an index for 70 000 files.

Regarding mail loss, the bugs were unfortunately not fixed yet for online IMAP. There are two issues. a) You lose email if you move it to a local folder and the internet connection breaks down while kmail2 is still downloading the message. b) You also lose email if you pipe the emails in your imap folders through external apps such as bogofilter. For the latter a workaround exists. If you open the properties of the imap folders and enable “always retrieve full message” you will not lose emails because of piping unless a) kicks in.

Apper seems to become more stable. While it still suffers from a – let’s say – incomplete zypper backend for PackageKit on openSUSE, it lets PackageKit processes die within reasonable time and does not block zypper forever anymore.