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Sebastian Wolff
Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements
Taskbar v2 (flat + thumbnails)

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 201 comments

Score 50.0%
Mar 28 2005
You need kde>3.3 - Mar 20 2005
use the right click kicker menu to add the new applet (remove the old taskbar applet first). Then restart kicker. Then use menu -> options -> advanced options. - Jan 03 2005
You need kde3.3 - Nov 30 2004
Mediacontrol Applet, contained in the default kde distribution - Nov 18 2004
well. Left to each applet you can see a small line, called the applet hadnle, with a little arrow at the top of the line. Press this to get the menu to remove/move the applet. In this menu you can generally find about and config dialogs. - Nov 12 2004
Yes, it is 'my' fault. Could you please explain which applications you had opened and what you did exactly when it happened? - Nov 12 2004
You need to add the applet first: kicker -> add -> applet -> taskbar v2, thern restartr kicker, then you're there - Nov 12 2004
Please check out if the following bug has been resolved in 0.7:

and report any other bugs (I am done with wishes :) ) - Nov 10 2004
Please check out if the following bug has been resolved in 0.7:

and report any other bugs (I am done with wishes :) ) - Nov 10 2004
Check out the notes at the top of the page, please. I hope they'll work. - Nov 10 2004
Well. I am not a friend of OS X, but I have something in mind of Sun's LookingGlass, which is quite cool. It is 'quite' a different concept and will take soooome time... :) - Nov 10 2004
You bug should be fine with 0.6, now. Could you approve this, please? - Nov 09 2004
It is taking the screenshots every 15 seconds actually! I will implement your suggestion in 0.7. But don't expect it to be done soon. - Nov 09 2004
yes, I believe it is time to upload the latest version, before I forget that all of you have to use one with disturbing edges and bleeds. - Oct 23 2004
Hmmm. Interesting. Either your X include pathes differ from usual distributions or you need to install the X development packages. - Oct 22 2004
Use the Kicker config dialog. - Oct 21 2004
KPager2 for Kicker

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 176 comments

Score 50.0%
Mar 31 2005
The desktop bug is related to KApplication and KDesktop. KApplication emits the desktopChanged signal at wrong times, KDesktop's DCOP interface does not support getting the wallpapers of different desktops than the current one.

I am gonna wait zuntil this is fixed.

Best regs - Mar 20 2005
It' sthumbnail related. I will redisgn the thumbnailmanager with XComposite - Feb 17 2005
see comments on top - Feb 17 2005
see comments on top - Feb 17 2005
disable thumbnails. It's X related. I hope XComposite will make it faster - Feb 17 2005
Take a glance at the description on top. - Feb 17 2005
Disable thumbnails and you are all fine. - Feb 17 2005
please, read the announcement on top of this page... - Oct 23 2004
as soon as it runs stable - and on my own computer... - Oct 22 2004

Well... There is a config file for kwin which saves the configuration of the window manager. (it is a kwin issue, not kpager2 related). Seek in the ~/.kde directory and subdirectories for *kwin* files and delete the one wherein 'kpager2' appears.

Bye - Oct 21 2004
Rounded Corners

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 13 comments

by pattf
Score 50.0%
Mar 08 2005
Take a look at the small app BAB contained in the Baghira package. It provides round screen edges for the topleft/right corners. Though it's just another hack... - Mar 20 2005
BalloonFileTip patch

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 10 comments

by mabs
Score 50.0%
Mar 11 2005
I have one issue with this.

First, I like the idea of having sophisticated shaped ballon helps. In particular I liked those of Enlightenment.

But: The shape should be dependend on the current GUI widget style. Please, if it is somehow possible, just patch the balloon help in a way that it is asking the KStyle engine to give it a nice shape and background image. Then you could provide your implenentation as a default in KStyle. As a result another style author can still provide his own look and feel (I really don't believe that styles like Baghira go with this balloon help, or - what if in the near future your implementation looks old fashioned?)

What do you think of this problem? In KDE all appearance related things should somehow be related to the Widget style engine. Remember, in KDE1 someone implemented the toolbar separators hard coded in KToolBar. It needed up to 3.2 to find this out and fix it! Don#t do the same mistake again and again... - Mar 20 2005
KDE Improvement 3.4 (Your opinion plz)

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 36 comments

Score 50.0%
Jun 02 2005
Don't hard code it.

I really love it and I'd wish this or something similar to be a default, but: The shape and the background of these widgets should generally be defined by the current style engine. Hence: Patch these widgets such that they support KStyle and add a default implementation if it's not supported by the style engine.

Regards - Mar 05 2005
Improving KDE (for KDE 3.4)

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 43 comments

by f10nk
Score 50.0%
Mar 06 2005
I must agree, the rounded selection looks terrible in the screenshots. Honestly i am happy about refining such details. But it doesn't look good for the following reasons:

(1) missing alignments
It looks like shit in konqueror. Either the text will be left aligned (not left of the file thumbnail, but ALL strings aligned to the same line) or centered

(2) Consequency
The selection in QIconView has round corners, now. Why not the selection in ListViews/TreeViews?
I don't get it...

As long as these two thinsg are not fixed the rounded selection looks even worse than the rectangular one.

Regards - Feb 27 2005
Not a sidebar

Desktop Concepts 15 comments

Score 50.0%
Feb 24 2005
kpager2 works great on vertical panels. - Feb 25 2005
Window thumbnails idea

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 8 comments

Score 50.0%
Feb 21 2005
It is a little more:


I believe there is none. In my opinion FVWM gets a WM specific event created by the own window decoration when hitting the "Iconify" button. I assume they first take a screenshot and then close it. You probably should find somebody who is willing to patch KWin to provide screenshots token at minimizing windows. - Feb 23 2005
You are wrong because of two reasons:

(1) Live updates of thumbnails are only possible utilizing the new XComposite extension. XComposite, however, lacks of providing a thumbnail for minimized or shaded windows. It's not usable. We need to know when the window is going to be minimized and ask X for the screenshot.

(2) Passive updates by taking screenshots of the actual visible screen are already possible. Examples are Kasbar, KPager(2) and TaskbarV2. These take screenshots of the current active window every 10 or 15 seconds. Problems: (a) Taking the screenshot takes processing time. The cpu hangs every 15 seconds :(. (b) The screenshots of other windows are outdated. (c) It works only in KWin's 'Click-to-focus' mode, which means that the token screenshots may look ugly if other windows cover the active one. (d) To have a better quality, take pictures even on window move and window resize events. And (e): As seen in TaskbarV2 and KPager2 (I am the author) checking all these things produced errors - even if they won't let kicker crash, they may have strong effects on the systems performance.

No - if, then we should find a nice and perfect solution. - Feb 22 2005
Hey. That's a great idea, indeed!

Instead of putting it on the desktop I was thinking about writing a kind of iconbox applet for kicker, similar to enlightenment's iconbox, but having thumbnails in it. On the fvwm info page I found a year back, when they introduced this feature, that they listen to a new XEvent which is emitted just before a window is minimized. The KWin API, however, does not support this event yet. Moreover I don't have any clue how to catch this XEvent directly (I even didn't find which one it is). If someone has a nice link with code examples or a tutorial I would start implementing this.

Best regards
Sebastian - Feb 22 2005
Flexible Plugin For KSplash

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 46 comments

Score 50.0%
Feb 23 2005
Alright. I compiled and installed the engine and installed the Brilliant theme. What I get is a two colored (black and blue) rectangle on the screen showing the splash screen's status messages, nothing else.

Any suggestions? - Feb 23 2005
I haven't tested it yet, but sounds liek a necessary plugin. Maybe you can extend the functionality of your plugin for my splashscreen wish:

I don't like those sudden popups. After logging in I want a splash that smoothly fades from the original X screen to the fullscreen splash, having animated images, for example graphically defined progressbars or rotating balls, for each initialization phase a different image. Moreover: Smooth effects between the changes, and: text effects (Use the Shadow engine).

Regards - Feb 09 2005
kdesu patch(mockup)

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 18 comments

Score 50.0%
Feb 10 2005
Well, let's take a glance at su:

su [option] [user] [shell_args]

kdesu should have a similar syntax

just add a new option to get the user selection dialog - Feb 17 2005
Hmmm. You can still patch kdesu as long as it behaves like the old kdesu when typing "kdesu appname" - Feb 10 2005

KDE 3.5 Themes 56 comments

Score 50.0%
Sep 11 2006
On SuSE 9.1

My automake (1.9) version is too new. KDevelop and configure mention that. And: admin/Makefile.common is missing - hence I can't run automake tools.

Hint: If you want to minimize the tar archive size, just remove the configure script (make distclean) and leave the admin directory intact. - Feb 15 2005
Wow! Just imagine what comes next:

(1) anti-aliased lines (in particular the round corners).

(2) smooth gradients.

:) - Feb 13 2005
ShadowFade at logout

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 44 comments

Score 50.0%
Feb 18 2005
I can't test it, but it is it still possible to push the logout buttons DURING the animation? screenshot looks coll though. - Feb 15 2005
kwin process info patch

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 10 comments

by uddw
Score 50.0%
Feb 09 2005
From the usuability point of view... I believe it's redundant.

If a programm hangs I push the close button, wait 5 seconds and kwin is asking me if I want to terminate/kill the process.

If a program blocks my cpu, it is hard to get the cpu time to open the menu at all! So why this menu item if it's not reachable in those situations?! I prefer Ctrl+Alt+Escape for those cases to kill any app. Works fine for me. I really believe, this menu item is not necessary.

Where it is necessary that is: Opening ksysguard from kicker's taskbar. And if you want ksysguard to know the process of a window, give ksysguard this function (like it's working in ksnaoshot): Press the button "select window process", the ksysguard window will hide until you press another button, ksysguard determines the process id of the window you cliked on.

Best regards
Sebastian - Feb 10 2005
Pikes Peak and the Kissing Camels

Wallpaper Other 5 comments

Score 50.0%
Sep 28 2007
Do we see us at the next Pikes Peak Marathon? - Feb 02 2005

KDE 3.5 Themes 1262 comments

Score 63.3%
Sep 10 2006
I remember an early version of baghira having nicer toolbar separators then these. The current are distracting my eyes with pain. :) - Jan 28 2005

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 25 comments

Score 50.0%
Apr 04 2006
Well... As the maintainer of kager2 I would be thankful for all patchwork regarding 3ddesktop.

Although in my opinion 3ddesktop should become part of kwin, since all pagers call the window manager to switch the desktops.
Or does 3ddesktop even work if I press Ctrl-Shift-Left?

Originally I wanted to start development on kpager2 in march/april again. Hope all of you'll have enough patience for this next release... :) - Jan 03 2005

KDE 3.x Window Decorations 175 comments

Score 50.0%
Jan 26 2005
I have two issues:

(1) a bug: long window title strings are not truncated (what about a fade effect like in kickers taskbar or inserting dots?). Moreover, they should be restricted to the area between the buttons; right now, long strings are drawn ON (overlapping) the buttons.

(2) text shadow color.
I would suggest to give the color of the text shadow some dynamic color detection: white shadow if the text color follows r*g*b < 128*3, else a black shadow. Right now, I have readability problems with dark text colors.

Regards - Dec 21 2004
I really like this one. But: Is there a way to configure the tint color and tint amount like in the original crystal (I have readability problems on dark backgrounds).

regards - Dec 21 2004
GNU's Not Usable

Wallpaper Other 13 comments

Score 50.0%
Dec 18 2004
Well, I like this one. A nice comment on certain OSS' self-praising slogans. ...although I wouldn't use it as a permanent wallpaper. :) - Dec 18 2004
System Tray 2 (with icon hiding support)

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 165 comments

by Dgege
Score 50.0%
Dec 20 2004
Well, I am neither a friend of the text arrow, nor of the icon arrow, nor of the pushbutton at all.

The best way should be to use KStyle to draw the arrow. From a usuability point of view it is nothing else then an extending button, like the arrows on menuitems for sub menus. Moreover, you should rewrite PushButton::drawButton to make it transparent, at least on a transparent kicker. I believe, there are even some special button classes for kicker implemented. If you take the menu applet, for example, you will have kicker conform transparent pishbuttons with a tiny arrow which will fit the current gui style.

just a thought

best regards - Dec 11 2004
Improving KDE

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 313 comments

Score 50.0%
Nov 28 2004
I like the way of using QToolBox for the Konqu sidebar, BUT:


I'd like to have multiple 'tools' opened. For example I would like to have the sidebar media player opened the whole time and just switch between home/root folder view or services. Sometimes I want to have the mediaplayer and the services tool widgets permanently opened and just want to switch between root and home folder view.

I didn't try your patch, but is this possible? (Was at least basically possible before)

Thanks. - Oct 24 2004