How is one supposed to use the KDE4 desktop ?
pocallaghan at gmail.com
Fri Jul 18 18:02:27 UTC 2008
On Fri, 2008-07-18 at 17:29 +0100, Anne Wilson wrote:
> On Friday 18 July 2008 17:11:43 Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> > Be careful what you ask for Anne :-) Here are some (using 4.0.98 at the
> > moment):
> > 1) How do I resize the Desktop plasmoid? It has no handles.
> AIUI, that is a 4.1 feature. I'm pretty certain I've read that that's fixed
> in 4.1.
> > 2) How do I rearrange stuff in the Panel? There used to be a gawd-awful
> > "start move/end move" thing on the panel menu in 4.0 but at least it
> > worked. Now it's gone.
> I'm not using Fedora at this moment, so I can't check, but it was there last
> week. However, I understand that that was a Fedora work-around. I *think*
> it's fixed in 4.1. Meanwhile, the recommended method in 4.0 is to delete
> icons from the panel and add them again in the order you want them.
> > 3) Why is the Kmix icon in minimized state (i.e. in the panel) different
> > from its normal icon? This last could be my config as I just carried it
> > over from 3.5, but I don't see any way to change it.
> Actually, kmix is reluctant to show at all on mine :-) Seriously, though,
> I've wondered about that myself. The tiny icons that sit in two rows seem to
> be the things that load at startup, like klipper, wifi-status-indicator,
> korgac, and so on. Do you find the same?
There seem to be two kinds: those that are just there "because", such as
Kmix, NM etc., and others that one puts there through the Autostart
dialogue. In my case I only added Ktorrent to this last, nevertheless I
have Kmix, Pidgin, NM, Amarok, Ksensors, Kpowersave (?) and the keyboard
switcher thingy. I'm sure I did add these all at some point in my 3.5
days, but I no longer know where to change them.
> I'll try to find the answer to that one.
> > 4) Why does my desktop always start up as 1024x768 when I have a
> > landscape LCD?
> ?? 1024x768 is landscape, isn't it?
No, it's 4x3 or a standard "square TV" monitor. Landscape is 16x9.
> > I've set it correctly using the Display dialogue, but it
> > doesn't remember its state. However as soon as I click on the Display
> > setting it *immediately* corrects itself to 1440x900 without me touching
> > anything else (except that I now have to resize some windows, not to
> > mention the panel which doesn't adjust itself). I reported a version of
> > this to BZ a while back but I need to update it.
> I don't think this is KDE-related at all. I think it's more concerned with
> the new way that X is being served - you know, not reading xorg.conf if it
> can get away without it. Just my guess, though.
> > I'm sure I can think of more but these are the most annoying. Luckily
> > nothing is a showstopper.
> Yes, there are many small annoyances in 4.0, and there will still be some,
> though nowhere like as many, in 4.1, but, as you say, they are not
> I was tempted to revert to the old ways, like using the Classic Menu, but
> stuck it out so that I could give support. I'm glad I did, as I find I have
> adapted my working practices almost without noticing, and I really like some
> of the changes.
> In passing, it may interest you to know that some of the developments were
> held up because they depend on Qt4, and Qt4 is still very much in
> development. As the boundaries are being pushed new needs are being
> discovered, and fixed as fast as devs can work.
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