[kde-linux] Status of KDE 4.1.2?

Thierry de Coulon tcoulon at decoulon.ch
Mon Oct 13 08:49:50 UTC 2008

On Monday 13 October 2008, Andreas Demmer wrote:
> Thierry de Coulon schrieb am Samstag 11 Oktober 2008:
> > I love kicker, and if kickoff is "finished" it's a show stopper for me
> Try lancelot! It's similar to kicker with plenty more functionality and
> config options.
> Greets,
> Andreas

Thanks for the suggestion, but no, Lancelot is not what I'm looking for. I am 
a little lost as to what's in a name, but to me kicker is the "bar" that 
lives at the bottom of my screen.

I hate Microsofts bottom bar, because it's organised around the start menu 
(which I only use to start rarely used tools) and the task bar (which I don't 
use at all, I rely on alt-tab (on the rare occasions when I have to use 

I can live with OS X's Dock, although it lacks some infomation tools.

With OS/2 I used the "Warp center" that had been developped from Lotus' "Smart 
center". There was a start menu, but you could use the Warp center as a 
launcher and information center.

KDE's "kicker" (if it's really it's name, perhaps it's simply the panel?) can 
be customized to behave mostly as I'd like it: I can remove the task bar, 
move the start button, and put all the icons to start my usual apps on it 
with one click while keeping it tiny (I hate these appearing-disappearing 

I understand that what's under the hood is more important to the developpers, 
but I, as a user, live with what's on the hood. So, as long as the GUI is 
slow to react and the panel is not cutomizable as I wish, the whole thing is 
worth a try but not usable for work.

Lancelot is the exact opposit of what I want: one more plamoid that opens a 
big window and requires several clicks to do one very, very simple thing: 
start a program.

But all this is a personnal matter, of course, and there is no real problem 
until some day (I hope not) we only have a KDE 4 desktop I don't like and no 
more KDE 3 desktop. If that day comes I'll have to look for another solution, 
and the good thing about Linux is that probably I won't be the only one in 
that case and someone (I'm not able to do it myself) will developp something 
I can use. So wait and see if they bring back the old features...


“Microsoft isn't evil,
they just make really crappy operating systems.” Linus Torvald

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