MAY
5
2010

4.4.3 Is Upon Us

KDE today released the 3rd monthly update to the 4.4 series, bringing a slew of bugfixes and translation updates to our users. Konsole has seen some love, so has Okular. Check out the changelog to get to know more about it.
This release, as all our x.y.z releases (where z > 0) does not contain new features but concentrates on stabilizing the existing codebase. As such, the upgrade should be safe and painless, so we recommend updating to everyone running previous KDE SC versions.
Packages for your favorite operating systems are either under way or being prepared right now, please refer to your operating system vendor for this.

Comments

Mod me down into Oblivion but I've managed to crash Plasma in KDE 4.4.3 in 30 seconds just by playing with "Kicker" (or whatever plasma applet is responsible for it). At the same time I rendered Kicker unusable because "Task Bar" stopped working. Even relogon didn't help, there's a disobedient "Task Bar" but it shows no tasks at all and doesn't want to be configured.

I'm gonna wait until KDE 4.5.1 is out, that's great I still can use warm fuzzy analogue KDE 3.5.10.

PS On a side note, Drupal thinks this comment is a SPAM :)


By Artem S. Tashkinov at Wed, 2010/05/05 - 6:30pm

Since you managed to both make Plasma crash and generate such unusual broken behavior, with such speed and ease. I do not doubt that you likewise made an excellent bug report, with a good description how to reproduce. Making sure that the developers get notified, and such issues get fixed before KDE 4.5.1 are released. Saving me and other KDE users from encountering this kind of problems.


By Morty at Thu, 2010/05/06 - 12:24am

Well... Here is a bug report:
https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=229280

However, I still do not know how the question will be addressed, in order to impeach a defective widget to crash or freeze the whole desktop.


By alvise at Thu, 2010/05/06 - 7:45am

indeed, 'a' bugreport, not 'the' bugreport

you didn't create a bugreport about the taskbar widget containing information on how to reproduce the behavior you experienced so that developers can fix the applet for kde 4.4.4 or kde 4.5

Since you linked to a generic bugreport about the design limitations of plasma, it is more likely that you are just ranting about that.


By whatever noticed at Fri, 2010/05/07 - 8:47am

This is similar to:
https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=222223
widgets overlap in panel, especially quicklaunch seems to have wrong layout

my comment:
...
------- Comment #6 From Bryan Cebuliak 2010-04-17 03:25:28 -------

I can confirm this bug. Using KDE 4.4.2-1 Debian experimental. When I
attempt to add a weather widget to the panel it overlaps other panel
applets/widgets. It is difficult to move the widgets around in this
state. Once, when the weather applet was on extreme left side of
panel, the whole desktop hung/froze. The bug should be upgraded to
"crash." [Weather widget also does not allow location change. But that is
another issue for this disappointingly still unstable, dysfunctional, over
reaching and feature deficient KDE 4 desktop.]


By Bryan Cebuliak at Fri, 2010/05/07 - 9:50am

Hey father, which distro are you running? I don't wanna initiate a flame war or anything like that but there are some well known mainline distros that really sucks implementing KDE4.

I'm running Arch Linux 64 bits and so far everything is going smooooooth.
Thanks to you KDE SC Team and Arch Development/KDE Teams for making that possible.


By Martín Cigorraga at Thu, 2010/05/06 - 2:02am

I compile KDE from sources without any patches or modifications, but I'm not running Gentoo or LFS.

My GCC flags are quite sane: -O2 -march=i686, I'm using GCC 4.2.4.

PS Drupal again thinks this submission is a SPAM. WTF?


By Artem S. Tashkinov at Thu, 2010/05/06 - 12:17pm

Unless you are able to write down a bugreport that someone is able to reproduce, you are out of luck (or lying). This is not KDE's fault, because it would happen the same way using any other software. KDE's resources to reproduce it might be lower, but seriously, without a bugreport on the specific nature of the problem, it's impossible for anyone to fix it.


By suy at Thu, 2010/05/06 - 7:31am

This sounds similar to https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=222223
[Bug 222223] widgets overlap in panel, especially quicklaunch seems to have wrong layout
...
Comment #6 from Bryan Cebuliak 2010-04-17 03:25:28 ---
I can confirm this bug. Using KDE 4.4.2-1 Debian experimental. When I
attempt to add a weather widget to the panel it overlaps other panel
applets/widgets. It is difficult to move the widgets around in this
state. Once, when the weather applet was on extreme left side of
panel, the whole desktop hung/froze. The bug should be upgraded to
"crash." [Weather widget also does not allow location change. But that is
another issue for this disappointingly still unstable, dysfunctional, over
reaching and feature deficient KDE 4 desktop.]

...
I also picked up the Captcha spam bug


By Bryan Cebuliak at Fri, 2010/05/07 - 9:33am

Congrats because it really takes a lot of skill these days to crash Plasma.


By Bobby at Fri, 2010/05/14 - 2:28pm

Unfortunately, this time changelog doesn't contain any stability fixes for plasma-desktop or krunner. I really miss KDE 4.3.x stability on 4.4.x.
And OpenDesktop/SocialDesktop activities applet is still unusable (crashing plasma-desktop, too)...

Edit: Sorry for not so good comment. I really like and mostly promote new KDE and besides stability problems in KDE 4.4.x it's very usable for me. Thanks for new release and keep up good work.


By xeros at Wed, 2010/05/05 - 7:10pm

I managed to get krunner to actually run(sic) by downgrading libattica from kdesupport. The newest version isn't even source compatible, but there was a few minor versions where kdebase would compile but krunner would just silently crash. I think you need 1.0.2 or earlier.


By carewolf at Wed, 2010/05/05 - 9:21pm

As I stated above, none of your problems here, this is paradise :D
Check your distro implementation of KDE SC and please fill a bug report after a crash, that's the corner stone for improving the code.


By Martín Cigorraga at Thu, 2010/05/06 - 2:06am