Use Icon Tasks as out default taskmanager for KDE 4.9?

Mark markg85 at
Fri May 4 21:48:30 BST 2012

out = our.. sorry for that title typo.

On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 10:36 PM, Mark <markg85 at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I was witnessing a range of very annoying task manager bugs.
> 1. I was still witnessing ghosting even with Qt 4.8.1. I haven't re-opened
> yet since i think the
> ghosting doesn't occur in icon tasks.
> 2. I was witnessing something new in KDE 4.8 (hidden feature ^_-) called
> overlapping. It's very efficient use of space and perhaps usable for
> tablets but i rather dislike it. hehehe, anyway, there is a bug report for
> that as well:
> 3. Task Manager sometimes seems to forget which applications are pinned
> which are then back when the user logs out and back in again. (restarting
> plasma-desktop is probably also an option)
> 4. Minimize effect could go all ways with taskmanager. Sometime even to
> the middle of the screen.
> Icon Tasks has none of the above mentioned issues. And all of those issues
> are really very noticeable and disruptive. It just gives a bad impression.
> Icon Tasks is probably not made with the intention to replace the current
> taskbar plasmoid, but it has strangely gotten a lot better then what we
> feed our users by default. It only misses a few things.
> 1. Switch to disable peek
> 2. Switch to show the "icons" as bars just like task manager does.
> 3. Switch to sort open and closed tasks. Meaning you have all the closed
> tasks as icons in the left of your taskbar and all the open ones as bars
> next to the closed ones.
> Now one might argue that we should fix taskmanager. I'd agree if there was
> no alternative. Icon tasks is already shipped with KDE since version 4.8
> (or 4.7?). The things that have to be added to it to make it a full
> taskmanager replacement is fairly minor so why not?
> So all things considered, why don't we pull the plug for taskmanager and
> start using icon tasks by default?
> And would this still be on time for KDE 4.9?
> Kind regards,
> Mark
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