[kde-linux] KDE4 issues I would like to fix

Anne Wilson cannewilson at googlemail.com
Sat Jul 11 18:35:17 UTC 2009

On Saturday 11 July 2009 00:06:28 jim wrote:
> > On Fri, 10 Jul 2009 11:09:19 Anne Wilson wrote:
> > I think he means the widget toolbox.  Jim - if you right-click on the
> > desktop then Lock Widgets you will not see those bars again.  You will
> > need to unlock them by the same mechanism if you need to re-size, move,
> > or re-configure a widget.
> >
> > As a matter of interest, how did you search for this in UserBase?  It's
> > sometimes hard to know the best place to put hints and tips like that to
> > make them most accessible.
> >
> > Anne
> Roger that Anne, I knew you had your finger on the pulse of KDE4.
> Thanks for the tip.
> Any idea why I have no sound with KDE4? Its worked fine for
> RedHat6-RedHat9. Its not a major issue as I only use it to play an
> occasional audio CD.
I'm no expert, but many people have found that PulseAudio appears to have 
muted channels.  If you are using Fedora you probably have a menu item called 
Pulse Audio Volume Control.  If you haven't, I think the actual name of the 
application is pavuctl (someone correct me please if I am wrong).  That should 
let you check all available channels.

> James Tyrer got me squared away on xterm fonts. Thanks james.
> As far as userBase, I just poked around and examined the ares that I
> thought might be helpful, such as the differences between 3 and 4 and
> the new stuff that has been added to 4. I found the Glossary very helpful.
> Now I know who some of these guys are and what they are supposed to
> be doing. Seems like the desktop is less configurable under 4, compared to
> 3. 

In the early days that was certainly so.  By now most of the configuration is 
possible, though they may be odd things you like to see that are not available 
yet.  One thing to look at is to right click on the desktop, and select 
Desktop Settings.  If you set the Type to Folder View you will find that most 
things are much the same as they were in KDE3.

> But Im not into fancy desktops. I just want a plain old X-Windows
> workstation where I can do software development.
> BTW What are those widget toolbox icons supposed to do? The only one that
> did anything was the little wrench. The top two dont do anything. I assume
> the red x means delete so I didnt try that one.
As Irina said, they are for re-sizing and rotating widgets.  The first is very 
useful, though you have to do it top-down, as it were, which IMO is not 
intuitive.  The rotate one is eye-candy IMO :-)  You are right about the red x 
- but of course if you accidentally delete one it is easy to put it back (once 
the widgets are unlocked)

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