How is one supposed to use the KDE4 desktop ?

Anne Wilson cannewilson at
Fri Jul 18 18:09:47 UTC 2008

On Friday 18 July 2008 18:07:44 Mike Burger wrote:
> > 2008/7/18 linuxguy <linuxguy123 at>:
> >> I upgraded to F9 when it first came out.  Everything works, but my
> >> desktop is a mess.  But surely I am missing something, after all, why
> >> are the KDE developers so proud of their work ?
> >>
> >> So... how is one supposed to use the KDE4 desktop ?  Right now I have
> >> about 100 icons for folders and files randomly dispersed on the desktop.
> >> How do I clean them up and get my desktop organized again ?
> >>
> >> I hate that I can't drag and drop files into folders on the desktop.  Is
> >> there a way to do this without using Dolphin ?
> >>
> >> I hate the "collars" that appear around the file and folder icons.   Can
> >> they be turned off ?
> >>
> >> Thanks
> >
> > I use KDE 4 daily on both of my computers, as the primary desktop
> > environment. I don't like the new desktop icons either, but I just
> > turned them off. The ability to manage files on the desktop background
> > is far from necessary, imo. In addition, there is greatly improved
> > support for desktop icons coming in KDE 4.1, so this is just a
> > temporary solution until the better one is ready.
> Currently, I'm only running F9/KDE4 on one system (desktop...not upgrading
> my laptop until I have a chance to try out KDE4.1 on my desktop).
> I don't put much on my desktop...I use the "Favorites" section of the
> menu.  I've never been a big fan of cluttering my desktop, anyhow...too
> difficult to remember what's there, and where it is.
> My one concern, now that I've been using it a while, is the limited
> functionality of the Plasma widget tool in the upper left corner.
> I've read a number of write-ups on KDE4, and note that there a couple of
> things not set up to run from that widget...right now, it only allows you
> to add/remove widgets from various places.  My understanding is that you
> should be able to work with a number of settings, from the "Cashew", than
> we seem to be able to do, now.
> Another thing I miss, going from KDE3 to KDE4, is that KDE3 would save the
> state of my desktop, so that any apps/konsoles I had up when I logged out
> would be brought back up when I logged back in.
> I'm having some trouble locating a setting for that, right now.
That has been working on my system for a while now.

I'd like to recommend a little viewing for you all to get an idea of where the 
desktop is going.  Here are some links:

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