Resizing GTK windows on KDE

Willy K. Hamra w.hamra1987 at
Wed May 27 23:59:04 UTC 2009

marc wrote:
> Willy Hamra said:
>> On 25/05/2009, Donn <donn.ingle at> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I have many GTK (Gnome) apps that I rely on. Gvim and Firefox for
>>> example. Under KDE 4.x.x I see that resizing these windows happens in
>>> jumps or steps.
> gvim does resize in steps - lines and chars.
> Firefox in Ubuntu is just a mess, particularly the javascript engine. Run 
> up a cpu usage viewer and watch FF take off when you do something. Heck 
> it even takes a few seconds to close @ 80% cpu!
>>> Resizing a KDE window (say this email window now) happens smoothly, say
>>> in 1 pixel jumps. Resizing Firefox happens in 10 or 20 pixel jumps.
>>> This is weird because they are all under the control of KDE, it's not
>>> like the gnome window manager is being used.
>>> Any clues to how I can change that?
> kde4.3? Seems like our next hope.
> I've not started following the dev chat on this, but I hava feeling that 
> there are some big issues with kde4's graphics architecture.
>> yes, it's called poor graphics :)
>> try to over load your system, run something cpu-intensive, and try
>> resizing a KDE window, it will also happen in jumps, sometimes, if a
>> backup is running, and i try to resize konsole, the mouse moves, but
>> after 3~5 seconds does the window really gets resized and in one jump.
>> but when system is relaxed, gtk applications for some reason almost
>> always resize in jumps, it seems KDE has to do some extra work on
>> resizing these. maybe because of the qt themes applied to them
>> non-natively?
> I've been running KDE/Openbox today and it has cured a huge number of 
> issues. I've never used it before, and I'm pleasantly surprised. 
> Amazingly, even kmail hasn't crashed today. It usually crashes about ten 
> times a day. Best of all, I've got my GL screensaver back :-)
> Seriously, though, it runs far less bg tasks, and consumes far les cpu, 
> thus the machine runs a lot cooler. And it's way faster for the heavy 
> duty task I have to do.
> I think I'm going to persevere with this set-up and see how it goes. I 
> highly recommend giving it a go.
oh? do tell, what is this openbox thing?

Willy K. Hamra
Manager of Hamra Information Systems
Co. Manager of Zeina Computer & Billy Net

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