Where’s the KDE4 Desktop?

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Before I come to the content please bear in mind: This is just my personal impressions from the 10/15 minutes I played with the current KDE4 desktop yesterday. I’m completely aware that there’s still 2 months of work happening and that KDE 4.0 is not primarily targeted at the broad user base that KDE4 is. Also I only have kdebase,kdesdk and kdevelop checked out, so I can’t say how the other modules are..

Still I think the Desktop is not in the shape I would’ve liked to see it for the 4.0 release. We do have a desktop with a wallpaper and this desktop-widget-thingie. First thing I noticed after trying the analog clock example is that the drop-down box is not xinerama aware. That is the widget itself is on the second screen (have them side by side) in the top-left corner, but the content of the box appears on the first in the top-left corner (2nd is left of 1st). Another thing is that the clock is somehow cropped when I switch from Desktop to one of the panel-types, it seems as if there’s some leftover from the round shape of the analog clock thats covering the left parts of the digital display.

Then tried to run some kde4 apps...

MOre Here




Aaron J. Seigo: xinerama and plasma

so andreas pakulat notes that plasma doesn't work with xinerama very well at the moment. perhaps that's because none of the developers are using it on such a system at the moment. "humorously" i still don't have such a system to play with either. it is "cute" that andreas picked on a UI element that isn't even going to be in the final release; it is cool that he's using testing features (the form factor drop down) to find issues, though, since that's what they are there for. =)

and so, andreas concludes, that with some other apps crashing for him he's not going to "eat the dogfood" until 4.1. that's unfortunate. why? because that's precisely how we can ensure that things don't get better. so what to do?

here are my thoughts:

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