How to enable the old kicker icon-zoom effect in KDE 3.4?

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at
Wed Mar 23 08:41:20 GMT 2005

Jes Hall wrote:
>>I Disagree quite strongly.  I found the icon Zoom feature very usable, and
>>I've never had any problems with it.  I find it difficult to swallow that
>>the programmers who work on this stuff would be unable to overcome this
>>Who decides what's "usable" anyway? :-D  Considering Linux is all about
>>choice wouldn't it be better to have this in the hands of the user?  I like
>>it, and from what I'm hearing many others do as well.
> I would hazard to suggest that the developer who gives up his free time to 
> maintain the code is most qualified to make such decisions. 

Wrong!  Such developers tend to have egos and it appears that making 
something that is "way cool" has a higher priority than usability. 
Hence the very fancy animation that can't be turned off.

> If the code is 
> causing bugs to pile up and the effort to fix it is far greater than any gain 
> in  functionality, then it goes. Whether the effort is in fact greater is 
> highly subjective, and only the person who is hacking on the code can truly 
> judge. It is after all his time and his effort he's weighing in the balance.

Well the current code has bugs too.  Those cute animated popup windows 
don't have the correct X priority and AJS has already told me that he 
won't fix the kicker X priority issues because it would be too difficult 
and/or that I'm just wrong about it.

Are such issues Qt problems or C++ problems.  Nobody seem to make such 
complaints with procedural languages and tools?


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