KDE Control Center

Stephan Binner binner at kde.org
Sun Aug 4 23:44:13 BST 2002

On Sunday 04 August 2002 21:17, Gerold J. Wucherpfennig wrote:

> You look at the 15 top level items on the left:
> - - Help
> - - Power Control

These don't appear in a clean installation (yes, no transition support yet).

> IMO the KDE Control Center is a bit overcrowed.

In general or compared to 3.0? In 3.0 very much was crowded in "Look & Feel",
I begin to love the new layout. Now more items are in the tree and not hidden
in tabs. Once keywords are committed the user can jump directly to the page
which contains the searched function and doesn't have to search it in 5 tabs.

> 1. The "Panel" - settings
> 2. "Configure Konqueror"

The problem are IMO not the common used settings but the advanced/infrequent
used ones which may distract the users or makes it look crowded/difficult.

> 3. Create a "System Center"
> Non-KDE Items should be put into an independent "Control Center" named 
>"System Center". This already happend to the "Information" tree which has

Don't expect users to know the difference, especially those converted from MS.

> With non-KDE items I mean distribution specific and system dependent
> KControl applets like the Linux kernel configurator.

The Linux kernel configurator will be a stand-alone app in KDE 3.1 afaik.

> Distributions can then e.g. put hareware detection tools, Screen/GFX
> configurators(X Window...), ... into "System Center"->"Hardware".

Experience shows that they rather put it completely into a new hierarchy.


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