the next step on the desktop

Nuno Pinheiro nuno at
Mon Jan 31 11:37:00 GMT 2011

A Segunda, 31 de Janeiro de 2011 01:22:41, vocĂȘ escreveu:
> hi...
> back when we started the path towards plasma i said that we needed to
> slowly evolve the desktop beyond the desktop folder with icons littered on
> the desktop.
> now we have activities, kick-ass containments like search and launch and
> grouping desktop.
> it is time to go to that next step and move people away from the old ways.
> i was at a friend's house last night where a bunch of people gathered to
> hang out, chat, play games, etc. there was a desktop system there running
> plasma desktop with the search and launch containment and a gorgeous
> translucent panel couresty of kwin.
> i saw it and hardly recognized it: it looked new, amazing, the next thing.
> it looked amazing.
> so, here's my suggestion for 4.7:
> let's try something big and new. let's make that Big Move and step away
> from ~/Desktop.
> my proposal is this:
> * by default, Search and Launch on the desktop

We talked about this in last tokamac remember?
Imo a merge of krunner, activityes management, and the cashew and a few 
specific tryicons (just the hardware vital ones) into somthing that is allwyas 
visible (hinted wen a window is full scren) (btw we have a problem here, we 
need to push people to stop using full screen apps as much as they think its 
better its realy not, unless the screnn is realy small but for that we have 
the netbook  experience)

> * an icon in this S&L that takes you to your desktop folder .. in a file
> manager.
> * a new panel layout (TBD: let's work on this together!)

yes :( not fun work at lest the tray is not the mess it used to be....

> * improve the tasks widget to have some of the nice features of widgets
> like "smooth tasks" with the mouse over highlights
> * an "activities" widget (i'll hapilly write it) that sits next to the app
> launcher and when clicked brings up the actvities manager
> * an activities switcher as a kwin effect (!)
> * have all activities avaiable in kactivitmanagerd, even if they are
> "stopped" in plasma-desktop
> thoughts?

agrea as usual, still i wish all of the kde was in the visual shape plasma is 
the other day i had to take secrenshots of the apps and it was depressive, was 
talking to Marco about this yesterday but we need more options in the tollkit 
level for inlining functionality, so we can clean our apps alot more....
oxygen guy, "I make the pretty pictures"

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