Re: run away processes.
> Ok I've got a program called kerry that runs a daemon: beagled
Do you really need it ?
I guess you can install the components of kde-extras manually, without beagle...
> Then there is: kio_pop3 running from Kontact/Kmail.
I never heard such problems with kmail before.
Are you on a dialup or is your network (wlan?) suffering from huge latency ?
Still you could try, for example, a smart mailer like Sylpheed-claws, which has
great advanced featues for custom filtering and actions, or (more common but
not smart) evolution or thunderbird.
> Then there is artsd, but that doesn't happen all that often, but will
> definitely eat more than it's share, but not by much.
Weird. Are you sure it's not kernelspace or the sound backend (like alsa)
causing problems ? Yet, you can tune down the level of desktop sounds
> Openoffice.org once and a while will entirely stop the desktop
Openoffice always had some minor problems, in my experience, expecially
wiuth window managers. But it's not eassy to keep such a complex thing ready
for different OS and archs...But there is no real alternative. Be patient.
> need to ssh in to restart KDM
Not even ctrl alt F1 possible ? Weird.
Make sure there are no kernel problems behind (look into kern.log and dmesg).