Bug#1007011: openboard: Should provide a working virtual keyboard by default

Yvan Masson yvan at masson-informatique.fr
Thu Mar 10 14:08:01 GMT 2022

Package: openboard
X-Debbugs-Cc: yvan at masson-informatique.fr
Version: 1.6.1+dfsg2-1
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainers,

OpenBoard can use the system virtual keyboard, or can provide its own 
virtual keyboard implementation. By default, the system virtual keyboard 
is selected in the preferences. It is also written that the system 
virtual keyboard should be preferred over the internal one.

However, when system keyboard is chosen, OpenBoard only tries to launch 
the virtual keyboard named OnBoard (correct me if I am wrong), and fails 
without any error message if it is not installed.

To provide a better user experience by default, I suggest either that:
- openboard package recommends onboard package
- openboard is configured by default to use the internal virtual keyboard

I admit that none of these option is perfect:
- OnBoard has important bugs (at least I faced some) and does not seem 
to be really maintained by upstream.
- the internal keyboard does not work when outside of OpenBoard

Anyway, I think any of the above suggestion would be better than the 
current situation.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: bookworm/sid
   APT prefers testing
   APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 5.16.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU threads; PREEMPT)
Locale: LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fr_FR.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8), LANGUAGE 
not set
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /usr/bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)
LSM: AppArmor: enabled

Versions of packages openboard depends on:
ii  libavcodec58              7:4.4.1-3
ii  libavformat58             7:4.4.1-3
ii  libavutil56               7:4.4.1-3
ii  libc6                     2.33-7
ii  libgcc-s1                 11.2.0-16
ii  libgomp1                  11.2.0-16
ii  libpoppler102             20.09.0-3.1
ii  libqt5core5a              5.15.2+dfsg-15
ii  libqt5gui5                5.15.2+dfsg-15
ii  libqt5multimedia5         5.15.2-3
ii  libqt5multimediawidgets5  5.15.2-3
ii  libqt5network5            5.15.2+dfsg-15
ii  libqt5svg5                5.15.2-4
ii  libqt5webkit5             5.212.0~alpha4-14
ii  libqt5widgets5            5.15.2+dfsg-15
ii  libqt5xml5                5.15.2+dfsg-15
ii  libquazip5-1              0.9.1-2
ii  libssl1.1                 1.1.1m-1
ii  libstdc++6                11.2.0-16
ii  libswresample3            7:4.4.1-3
ii  libswscale5               7:4.4.1-3
ii  libx11-6                  2:1.7.2-2+b1
ii  openboard-common          1.6.1+dfsg2-1
ii  zlib1g                    1:1.2.11.dfsg-2

openboard recommends no packages.

Versions of packages openboard suggests:
ii  openboard-contrib  1.6.1+dfsg2-1

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