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KDE 4.1.3, nVidia Quadro NVS140M & Desktop effects: Finally usable!

Okay, I am not a huge fan of Desktop Effects (I get dizzy with too many cube transitions & wobbly windows) but some are really neat – and finally I CAN use them! I installed yesterday from the rpmfusion-testing repository the 180.22 version of the nVidia drivers and I can finally use the desktop effects I need without them being annoyingly slow! I can’t wait to see what KDE 4.2 has behind the corner for us 🙂 🙂

For the history, what I have is:

  • Present windows (with a hotspot top-left)
  • Shadow (to better distinguish application windows from underlying ones)
  • Translucency (to look easily underneath a window)
  • Desktop grid (with a hotspot bottom left and animation disabled as I may switch desktops really quick)
  • Cover switch (’cause it’s cool and useful!)

Problem with NTFS hard drive automounting in Fedora 10 & KDE4

Automounting is a PITA for many people… the solutions vary so I’ll just add here the one that worked for me.

The KDE4 New Device Notifier would see whenever I plugged in my external NTFS hard drive, but trying to mount it failed with the infamous “TODO:have to rethink extra options” (I wonder for how much time they’ve been thinking about these extra options… anyhow!).

The fix that worked for me, was to modify my /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/20-ntfs-config-write-policy.fdi to this:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<deviceinfo version=”0.2″>
<device>
<match key=”volume.fstype” string=”ntfs”>
<merge key=”volume.fstype” type=”string”>ntfs-3g</merge>
<merge key=”volume.policy.mount_filesystem” type=”string”>ntfs-3g</merge>
<append key=”volume.mount.valid_options” type=”strlist”>locale=</append>
</match>
</device>
</deviceinfo>

Actually, the only change from the one shipping with Fedora was the addition of the line containing the volume.fstype statement. You may need to restart the HAL daemon (not sure if the changes are applied without restarting): sudo /sbin/service haldaemon restart

Good luck 🙂