IDEA-9 (IU - 90.94) - Linux usability issues

I've seen this happen to me time and again on IDEA-8 as well as IDEA-9 (all the EAP versions I've tried so far). When I have a project open in IDEA and try to open another project in another IDEA window, then one of the windows becomes unusable after a few minutes i.e. you can't edit any files in that IDEA window and the only thing to do is to shut down that window and reopen it.


I remember reading about this in one of the IDEA release notes by JetBrains and am wondering whether JetBrains considers this issue important enough to fix? In my opinion, as a hardcore Linux (and IDEA) user, it becomes annoying after a while - closing down IDEA windows and reopening them. Is this a Swing issue associated with Linux workstations.


My environment:

  • Ubuntu Linux 9.04 with 2 GB main memory
  • IDEA 9.0 Ultimate (beta)
  • Java 1.6.0_16 (Sun  JDK)
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There are bugs with compiz and JDK6.
Although I haven't seen the issue you mention, I have had the case where after a while I just can't type in the editor.

I tend to use this script to get around these problems
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=588497
Basically it turns off compiz (and changes to GDM) when the application starts and automatically turns it back on after it closes.

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