I have a Debian Sid Pentium, and KDE 3.0.4 and KDM. I have a 32
MByte machine, with about 256 Mbytes swap.
I have noticed what *might* be a bug, or might just be bad design
somewhere... I don't know.
Anyhow, in KDE, if I open two or three memory-intensive programs,
such as Mozilla + kpackage, or Mozilla+Konquerer (several windows), I
suddenly find my hard disk running all the time. This continues, even
if I close the applications. It's like, once the swap gets activated,
it never stops swapping, and never spins down. At that point, I can
count on 5-10% of normal speed from then on, for *everything*.
That continues, even if I shutdown KDE and try to log on as a
different user. Eventually, it seems that I have to shutdown the
machine, though I haven't yet tried just shutting down X and KDM and
just running from the command line.
Anyhow, I'm not even sure what this is classified as (-bug, -design
request, or what) , or where (Debian? KDE? X?). Nor do I know if this
is a known issue. So I figured, why not first bounce this up to
debian-kde, and see if anyone knows about this. From there, we can
figure out where to send it next.