Plasma documentation for KDE 4.3

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at
Wed Jul 15 22:52:16 BST 2009

Martin Koller wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm currently migrating from being a longterm KDE3 user to KDE 4.3.
> So I want to find out: what can KDE4, especially Plasma, offer me I had not in KDE3 ?
> E.g. in the bottom panel I see an icon telling me "Show the Plasma Dashboard" ...
> but I have no idea what a "Plasma Dashboard" is, and clicking on it just dims my whole
> desktop and leaves the icons on the desktop in normal colors ...
> But what can I do here ?
> Also the idea behind the activities is not obvious to me (e.g. what's the difference
> to virtual desktops ?).
> I tried to find some docs on, but they are mostly development related
> (although I'm a developer, in this case I'd like to understand plasma from the
> users POV). Other docs on are totally outdated ...
> Any pointer greatly appreciated.
Well, I am still looking for that Plasma to English dictionary. :-D  I 
realize that there is a language barrier since the main developer lives 
in Canada. :-)

IIUC, the Plasma Dashboard is (or replaces) the KDE Desktop.  If you 
look, the ToolTip for this functions does say "Show the Desktop".

James Tyrer

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