Custom plasma shell

Mario Fux kde-ml at
Thu Feb 10 11:29:12 CET 2011

Am Donnerstag 10 Februar 2011, 09.28:55 schrieb Ivan Čukić:


> I'm not sure I see this as Martin did.
> The thing I agree with is that this can't be plasma. This would first
> and foremost need to be a new window manager, which would load
> plasmoids as windows. (so, I agree with the 'hardly possible'
> statement - implementing a new WM is not a trivial task, far from it)
> So, this can't be window-as-a-plasmoid (as Martin said a hackish and
> broken concept) but it would need to be the other way round
> plasmoid-as-a-window which is possible and works well even today.
> So, essentially if you want to go from 'impossible' to 'hardly
> possible' replace 'plasmoid' with 'application window' :)
> As for the ideas:
> - Creating a window by 'drawing' a rectangle on the desktop is similar
> to what Plan 9 OS is doing. With one significant difference - you
> choose 'start an app' and then you can 'draw' anywhere - not only on
> the desktop. So, it works even when you don't see your desktop.
> - Having resize/move a window influence other windows is a rather nice
> concept. Although, IMO, that part could be improved in your mocks
> - Taskbar showing only windows that are minimized or completely
> covered by some other window looks nice.

Just an uninformed idea. But couldn't the scripting capabilities of Kwin and 
plasmoidviewer help to at least do a proof of concept? Instead of writing a 
new windows manager from scratch?!?


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