[RFC+PATCH] xp-like fast switching

Allan Sandfeld Jensen snowwolf at one2one-networks.com
Tue Sep 24 19:09:32 BST 2002

On Friday 20 September 2002 03:42, Oswald Buddenhagen wrote:
> hi,
> this patch adds an "open new session" menu entry to the k-menu and
> kdesktop's context menu and a button with the same functionality to the
> unlock dialog (i took the opportunity to rewrite half of kdesktop_lock
> :).
> this needs a top-uptodate kdm from head.
> i suppose this comes "somewhat" late for 3.1 :}, but never mind, this
> stuff is a bit half-baked anyway. you have no possibility to switch to
> other sessions except with the usual alt-ctrl-Fn combinations; you don't
> even have an overview of the open sessions. so now i'm wondering, how to
> implement this best.
> - put a manager dialog into kdm. you'd use some cute hotkey or gui
>   elements like in the attached patch to make it pop up. an extended
>   version of this would additionally have some key combination like
>   alt-tab (are shift-alt-ctrl-(left|right) free?) to switch sessions
>   like windows and desktops.

This is what is needed right now for KDE 3.1. I would consider it a bug-fix. 
Take a look at how it has worked for the last month or so:
1. You go to lunch and therefore click on lock desktop.
2. You come back and find a kdm login-screen, and you think to yourself: WTF??
3. You lock in again and for the rest of the day wonder why your desktop is so 
damn slow all of a sudden.
4. At the end of the day you log out and find your old locked session and 
again you think to yourself: WFT??

Atleast this is what I did the first time I discovered this hidden feature. We 
need to be able to see locked sessions in kdm, or this has to be disabled 
(atleast by default) for KDE 3.1. I naivly thought that was the plan all 


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