About had it

Bruce Marshall bmarsh at bmarsh.com
Sat Nov 26 16:36:25 UTC 2011

For the last several years, I've been running  XFCE as a lightweight desktop 
because I didn't want to go through all of the glitz and development pains of 
KDE 4.xx

Then came 11.10   and kmail2.

I bit the bullet and switched (with great effort) to kmail2 and started to 
live with KDE.  

Although kmail2 has been a great disaster, and I see more and more use of 
AKONADI (which I think sucks),  I don't see much hope for kubuntu, as least as 
far as I am concerned.

As an example, I have a "lab-rat" machine here that I use to test out new 
releases.   I recently noticed that I have been missing emails that I know 
came into my email server and then got lost.  I tracked it down to my lab-rat 
sucking up emails from time to time.  But how can that be???   kmail2 wasn't 
running on the lab-rat so how can it be doing anything with emails?

Well, NOW akonadi does email fetching, even without kmail running.  And this 
machine that was just sitting there was sucking up emails from time to time.

I think KDE is heading down a rat-hole...   and I may well head back to XFCE 
and use T-bird or find someother email program.  Kmail doesn't work well 
anymore and doesn't work with address books or recent addresses anymore.  
(yes, I know this can probably be fixed by fussing with 'akonadi'  but I look 
at akonadi as being a big black pile of poop and the more it gets involved 
with EVERYTHING KDE  I think the worse things are going to get.

It's a sad day in *ubunto town.

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