Rocky 9.4 Live KDE : bug + suggestions


The KDE Live images have all had the same unnerving bug in versions 8.x and 9.x since the very first releases.

Once the system’s installed, here’s what the desktop looks like when you log in:

There’s a series of notifications that inform the user that the KDE Connect daemon has crashed. And then the notification area is filled with these little icons that look like the remnants of some ancient human sacrifice.

Here’s the thing. I’m currently preparing a course about Ansible for our local university. All the lab machines will be equipped with a nifty little mix of Rocky Linux, KVM/libvirt and Vagrant, so the students can build server clusters easily and destroy them as easily.

For the moment I based the environment on the GNOME Lite mix, since this seems to get more love by the developers. On the other hand, I’m a die-hard KDE fan and I’d really (really) like to use the KDE Live ISO.

I have to “sell” my configuration to the administration, and in the current state of things I’ll have a hard time convincing folks.

Here’s two suggestions:

  1. Get rid of all KDE-Connect-related packages in the KDE Live version.

  2. Default to X11 instead of Wayland in SDDM to avoid all kinds of weird display glitches like menus showing up weirdly. Take a peek in /usr/lib/sddm/sddm.conf.d and copy over the x11.conf file to /etc/sddm.conf.d.

Follow these two suggestions, and your KDE Live image will come close to perfection.



You can customize your own live images based on our kickstarts if you wish.

Yes, but you’ve chosen a distro that is heavily invested in Gnome and Wayland.

More exactly, I’ve chosen a distro that offers ten years of support per release and whose paths sometimes go mysterious ways. :upside_down_face:

OK, but are you sure KDE is supported by RH?

I’m sure it’s not. KDE is provided by EPEL. But since the KDE Live ISO is put together by the Rocky Linux team, this seems like a sensible place to report it.

If options are:
A) contribute to kickstart that is used to build “Rocky KDE Live” image and
B) build own image,
then the A seems the better path, provided that the rationale for the changes is sound.

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