I normally wouldn't indulge this behavior,
Then please don't! Leave! It would do us all a favor!
a) As far as I know huge changes were made to the KDE multimedia
subsystem, aka Phonon.
Nonsense. Phonon 4.3.80 was pushed weeks ago. Phonon didn't change at all
with the KDE 4.4 update.
CPU usage was not high before the KDE 4.4 update. It is after.
Are you sure there wasn't a Flash update like the one Rex Dieter is
mentioning? Flash is the likely culprit for your issue.
There were no changes to nspluginviewer or the nvidia driver during
This statement just shows your ignorance:
1. nspluginviewer is a component of Konqueror, so it did in fact change,
2. but all nspluginviewer really does is bring up plugins. The Flash plugin
in particular, a known CPU eater. And nspluginviewer has very little code, I
strongly doubt anything in nspluginviewer itself uses any noticeable amount
(Note that nspluginviewer is not the same as nspluginwrapper, those are
completely different pieces of software.)
b) I have reported a number of bug that were shut down due to
of the proprietary nvidia driver" where it was ultimately found that the
driver had nothing to do with it.
Specifically, at least these two.
You say these issues just disappeared, so nobody knows what component they
were in in the first place. There's no evidence that they were not, in fact,
c) We don't expect anyone to be able to troubleshoot issues
proprietary software. But we also don't think that issues should just
be written off carte blanc when a proprietary driver is involved.
Given the number of changes made in the Phonon effort and the fact that
neither nspluginview and kmod-nvidia changed, what do you think the
chance of the issue lying in Phonon is ?
Extremely low. Your premises are false. See above.
This seems to be a Flash issue. Complain to Adobe.
d) Open source software is about personal FREEDOM. The freedom to
whatever we want, according to our criteria. I feel it is unfair to
outright criticize people for using proprietary components where they
feel they must.
The "freedom" to enslave yourself is not true freedom, you must resist
proprietary software to be truly free.