Archive for November, 2009

KDE on multiuser/multicomputer systems?

November 13, 2009

On my schools computer lab we have lots of desktop computers all with gnome, kde and various other wm’s installed, with the home folder shared across all computers. Lately I’ve become more and more conscious of the various bugs setups like this bring in KDE. Even though most of the computers in question run the same (k)ubuntu, there’s many times more glitches than a similar single-user system. Things like “do you want to forget these audio devices” popping up on every login, plasmoids randomly failing to load when changing computers, wallpapers also randomly going blank, having to resize the panels when changing to/from a widescreen computer, plasmoid positions jumping around, etc etc, they all make me wonder how much the changing environment case has been taken into account designing the KDE desktop.

Are there tricks to get working setups for my case? Would the best bet perhaps to be to only use a least common denominator type of setup, only introducing new stuff when I know they work everywhere? Or am I crazy to even expect the desktop to work similarly on a (seen from KDE configuration POV) constantly changing environment?