[ubuntu-studio-devel] DE trials

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Thu May 10 18:27:45 UTC 2018

When using KDE, would you also default to KDE apps such as the KDE image
viewer? Even on my modern 64 bit machine it takes a while until
gwenview is loaded from a SSD. I dislike environments providing apps
for simple tasks that get loaded that slow from a SSD, as loading a
program from a Commodore 1541 5,25" floppy drive needed in the 80s.

KDE has got something similar to GVFS, but I can't locate what to
remove, to get rid of waking up external green HDDs, to avoid
continuously spin downs and spin ups. Replacing GVFS by a dummy package
for Xfce and any other environments that requires GVFS as a
dependency, saves life of external green drives, without breaking
functionality, apart from what GVFS provides by itself and easily could
be replaced by other software, if users don't want to use command line.

Even without using KDE, just running one time K3b and the issue starts
and even doesn't stop after closing K3b.

It's a well known issue, also for a few other apps, some coders at
least are willing to fix it, e.g.
https://github.com/lxde/libfm/commit/994a1e25ba0c3da80575fc002af17ab02ed5998b .

This issue not only applies to external green drives, but also to
several hard drive enclosure with regular HDDs, where the hard drive
enclosure's controllers cause the stand by mode and where vendors don't
provide alternative firmware.

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