Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Kubuntu 11.10: It seems that there is a problem.

Filed under

Screenshots at

Me no guru.

I don't know how something like this happens, or even if what I think is happening is what's happening, but it looks to me like some KDE applications (or at least one KEY KDE application, the Dolphin File Manager, has been set up to be integrated with Unity, instead of integrating with KDE.

Here's Dolphin in Kanotix, a distro based on Debian Squeeze:

The inset red-lined window is a close-up of the upper toolbars, and you can plainly see that there are two of them. You see the same thing when the dolphin window is maximized:

But you only see one tool bar when you open Dolphin in Kubuntu:

The upper toolbar, containing some important functions (File Edit View Go Tools Settings Help) cannot be found. You get the same result when you maximize Dolphin.

At first, I thought this was somebody's horrible design choice. But then it got weird. I happened to try Dolphin in Ubuntu 11.10, with the Unity Interface, after a hard drive install.

In Unity, the unmaximized dolphin does not display the upper toolbar, either, but WHEN YOU MAXIMIZE DOLPHIN...

There it is! This is consistent with Unity, and that "Apple" upper bar feel that someone somewhere apparently loves so well. Here are a couple of screenshots of Nautilus in Unity, to demonstrate hiow that's supposed to work.

I want to emphasize that the Kubuntu screen shots were taken from a live images on a USB device, where ubuntu-desktop had not been installed. Hopefully, Kubuntu is already aware of this problem. My Ubuntu hardrive install was short lived. I'm running Kanotix on my hard drives, so I can't be sure how other KDE applications were affected.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

be back soon.


That's somewhat better.

It's been a miserable night. A good friend passed away, and posting those screenshots has been something of an ordeal.

Re: That's somewhat better.

Ugh, sorry for your loss, blackbelt Sad

Okay, I figured this out.

Actually, I didn't figure it out myself, a guy in my LUG knew the answer.

Dolphin is opening by default with the upper toolbar closed. I've never seen this before, so I don't know if this is a bug, but it's easy to get the upper toolbar by typing ctrl-m.

More in Tux Machines

GNOME Boxes 3.18.1 QEMU-Based Virtualization App Brings More Fixes

While the developers of the GNOME desktop environment are working hard these days to push the first point release of GNOME 3.18 to users worldwide, package maintainers have also prepared various updates to the project's core components and applications. Read more Also: GNOME's Cheese Webcam Viewer App Gets Better Video Preview Scaling and Resizing

Fedora 23 Final Freeze Now In Effect, the Linux OS Arrives on October 27

According to the official release schedule for the forthcoming Fedora 23 Linux operating system, the day of October 13, 2015, marked the Final Freeze milestone in the distribution's development cycle. Read more

Moto 360 (2015) Review: The Most Watch-Like Android Wear Device Yet

Motorola kicked off the age of Android Wear when it announced the original 360 more than six months before it was finally released. It was a beautiful piece of hardware, but was saddled with an ancient TI OMAP ARM chip and recessed lugs that led to cracked back panels. The second generation device addresses many of the shortcomings of that wearable, but some of them are still staring you in the face. Still, it might be the watch you've been waiting for. Read more

Linux Kernel 3.2.72 LTS Is Full of Improvements, Users Urged to Update Now

Just a few moments ago, Ben Hutchings, the maintainer of the long-term supported Linux 3.2 kernel series, has had the pleasure of informing Linux users about the immediate availability for download of Linux kernel 3.2.72 LTS. Read more