Well, I got along with an (for me) acceptable Workaround.
My primary Setup is OpenSuse 11.0 with KDE updated to 4.1.96 presently
My Problem was as listed above in this thread. My Primary applications are all Mozilla type:
-Thunderbird 2.x with
Maybe I should add, that I started with DOS 3.2 in 1986 and have been a true Microsoft follower until I started my College studies August last year.
Now: the above listed Applications do have a Proxy-Setting all the same. However the KDE (System-Settings) are not read or used.
Even the AutoProxy addOn did not get it right because it only received a local IP ?!.
KDE Apps like the RSS and Twitter Plasmoids adhere to the KDE System Settings.
Not to talk about Yast2, which only accepts its own proxy settings.
I ended up producing a simple .pac script that checks in any case if the given College-Network-Proxy is reachable. If not -> go direct.
No magic so far. However this can be expanded for more complex environments.
Now here is the Result of the Jury:
Yast2, as mentioned above does not accept proxy auto config scripts. Or rather, I did not find the appropriate configuration option. ?! Maybe somebody does know better.
KDE (aka System Settings) takes the script and more or less adheres to the instructions. I found it working within the college Network, but comming home, the direct option did not work. But since the used Plasmoids seem to behave strange anyway,.... wait for another KDE Version.
Anybody else to test?.
The named Mozilla apps do work as advertised and use the script in sync. No more work on these.
this leaves me with Pidgin. Wich I don't now how to get a handle on yet
It only uses manual HTTP Proxy Configurations .... however this is Version 2.4.x so maybe......
So far so good.
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