Disable Akonadi in KDE SC 4.7
How to avoid the Akonadi PIM framework of KDE is a very frequently asked question. Akonadi is started when logging into a default KDE session – and includes a mysql server – this is a bit of a waste of system resources since (in my personal estimation) the majority of KDE users won’t use Akonadi for anything at all.
So here’s how to make Akonadi not start in KDE SC 4.7.
Disable KRunner runners that will start Akonadi. Press Alt+F2, click on the “wrench”, uncheck “Calendar Events” and “Contacts” runners, click on “Apply”.
Tell the digital clock not to display calendar events. Right click the digital clock (in your panel), Digital Clock Settings, Calendar, uncheck “Display Events”, click “Apply”.
Don’t use applications that need/start Akonadi, such as Kontact/KMail/KOrganizer, Konversation and Kopete.
That’s it. Next time you boot Akonadi won’t start anymore – at least not until needed.
Personally I’m a huge user of Akonadi and the applications mentioned above, so this post should not be seen as any kind of vendetta against Akonadi or KDEPIM developers or anyone else. The purpose is solely to help KDE users who – unlike me – don’t need Akonadi get a leaner and cleaner system.