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Kommando: A floating panel for KDE

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Inspired by the command wheel in the Neverwinter Nights online game, Kommando is a floating command panel for KDE. Although Kommando's development is almost as slow as an official Debian release, and is only at version 0.5.2, it is already a configurable and convenient addition to the array of panels available in KDE.

KDE offers a variety of panels. Besides the default panel at the bottom of the desktop, KDE includes options for a sidebar, a dedicated taskbar for open windows, an application dock, and Kasbar, which shows the date and time and open applications. Of all these choices, Kommando is most similar to Kasbar, since both can float and be positioned wherever they are most convenient while being out of the way while you work. The difference is that Kommando is a highly configurable launcher, and pops up in the last position where you clicked the mouse on the desktop, instead of requiring you to drag it into position. These differences are more than enough to make Kommando a welcome addition to KDE's array of panels.

Unlike most programs, Kommando does not add an item to the main menu when it is installed. Nor, despite all the recent efforts at cross-desktop compatibility by freedesktop.org, is Kommando usable in GNOME or Xfce -- an unfortunate omission if you are one of those who prefers to choose your applications by functionality rather than by the graphical environment you happen to be using.

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