no desktop effects in Trusty

Billie Walsh bilwalsh at
Mon Mar 31 11:02:24 UTC 2014

Last time I tried to use Muon it sucked big time. It couldn't find 
programs that are in the repos. Using synaptic they were easily found 
and installed.

On 03/31/2014 01:00 AM, GH wrote:
> Synaptic in trusty works very badly... As I had a problem to remove a 
> package I thaught to use muon and it works like a charm ! Interface is 
> a bit different but i think it's the better tool after (dying) 
> synaptic... I don't know why they stopped such a good tool ?
> Distro have very special teste... When a tool works well we keep it ?
> Is it use to change all the time, specially changing for changing...
> Le 31/03/2014 07:30, Valorie Zimmerman a écrit :
>> George, Synaptic is not KDE software. As I recall, it is no longer
>> being developed.
>> Muon Discover is what is provided by default now, however, since you
>> like Synaptic, try Muon package manager. You might like that, and it
>> is being actively developed and maintained, and is KDE software.
>> All the best,
>> Valorie
>> On Sun, Mar 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM, George Dvorak <gldvorak at> 
>> wrote:
>>> I am having all sorts of strange occurences in synaptics which make it
>>> almost unusable. For instance when I select an item to download the 
>>> list
>>> jumps to the top, it used to remain at its position. For some time now
>>> clicking in the space above or below the thumb moves the thumb all 
>>> of the
>>> way in that direction, it used to move a single page. Clicking on 
>>> the apply
>>> icon often generates an error which does not occur on the second click.
>>> It seems that each new version regresses more.  There are more but I 
>>> do not
>>> recall them now.
>>> I voiced my thoughts to the KDE people without success, who do I 
>>> contact?
>>> The synaptic page starts with ancient dates!
>>> George Dvorak
>>> On Sun, Mar 30, 2014 at 1:45 PM, Glenn Holmer <shadowm at> 
>>> wrote:
>>>> On 03/30/2014 01:47 PM, Mark Fraser wrote:
>>>>> On Sunday 30 Mar 2014 10:22:45 Glenn Holmer wrote:
>>>>>> I have Trusty installed and up to date on a desktop machine, and it
>>>>>> won't render some of the desktop effects I normally use (e.g. wobbly
>>>>>> windows, magic lamp), either with nouveau or the propreitaty nvidia
>>>>>> driver. It's now running the nvidia driver (lsmod shows nvidia 
>>>>>> and not
>>>>>> nouveau) at version 331.38-0ubuntu6. This is not a small machine 
>>>>>> (Intel
>>>>>> i7 @3.6GHz w/8 cores, 16G RAM).
>>>>>> The error I see in when clicking the Detail button in 
>>>>>> systemsettings is
>>>>>> "effect requires OpenGL", but both kinfocenter and the Nvidia server
>>>>>> settings dialog show OpenGL information. The graphics card is a 
>>>>>> GeForce
>>>>>> GTX650 (kinfocenter shows OpenGL/ES version 4.4.0 NVIDIA 331.38).
>>>>>> Is anybody else having issues with this on Trusty? Any advice?
>>>>> They're working here and I'm using a quad core AMD provessor and 
>>>>> Nvidia
>>>>> graphics drivers also at 331.38.
>>>>> You could try changing the compositing type in the advanced tab of
>>>>> desktop
>>>>> effects.
>>>> Yes, somehow it had been switched to XRender. Switching to OpenGL 
>>>> 3.1 made
>>>> them work again.
>>>> There was some other funny stuff going on as well... synaptic reported
>>>> broken package "xserver-xorg-video-nouveau". Also, when switching 
>>>> back and
>>>> forth between nouveau and nvidia, at one point the list of drivers 
>>>> came up
>>>> empty. I assumed it was just that a new one was being set up on the 
>>>> servers.
>>>> Anyway, desktop effects are working in all their glory now.
>>>> -- 
>>>> Glenn Holmer (Linux registered user #16682)
>>>> "After the vintage season came the aftermath -- and Cenbe."
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