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Post 4.2 features - part 2 [update]

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| In previous versions of Lancelot, when using the no-click activation, there 
| was some space between the lists while browsing the applications. The space 
| was needed because of extenders and scroll-bars. Scroll-bars, obviously, 
| still need the space like before, but the extenders don’t.   


KDE Commit Digest: Issue 148: 1st February 2009

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| Initial support for adding video and audio previewing (similar to the file 
| dialog) to Dolphin's metadata panel. A new "highlight window" effect for 
| KWin-Composite. Filtering support in the "FileWatcher" Plasmoid, work on 
| the "Welcome" Plasmoid, and initial import of "OpenBrain" and "Translatoid" 
| Plasma widgets. Experiments to make a screensaver using KGLEngine. First 
| approach on integrating an "interactive graphs concept" in KAlgebra. Initial 
| code for an object-oriented KTurtle. Initial work on a 3D view completed in 
| Kolf NG (a rewrite effort).        



Post 4.2 features - part 1 [Lancelot]

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| New system buttons
| One of the first requested features, even before the Lancelot brainstorm
| thread on KDE forums was to change the system buttons from Lock Session, Log
| Out and Switch User to something else because some users don’t use some of
| the buttons. Radically changing the Lancelot behaviour this late in its age
| of existence is something that can not be considered. But the users should
| have some freedom.


You’ve got branched!

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| While this is great news for 4.2, it is even better for 4.3. This means that
| the SVN trunk is now exiting the /feature freeze/ state. This is a great
| thing for developers because the development becomes fun again (squashing
| bugs can not be labeled as fun), great for PlanetKDE readers since you’ll get
| real news from now on, and great for feature junkies for obvious reasons.


Lancelot, and the Knights of the Plasma Widget

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| As someone who is a stickler for usability and efficiency, this sort of
| project is really brilliant. The fact that there is competition between
| different menu systems is part of what gives open-source operating systems an
| edge over the commercial ones.


Lancelot reaches Holy Grail of KDE menu

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| KDE 4 is barely eight months old, and already it has three options for a main
| menu. Until now, users have either used the default Kickoff, which makes for
| awkward navigation of the menu tree, or reverted to the familiar but unwieldy
| classic menu. Now, with the first full release of Lancelot, users have
| another option that overcomes the shortcomings of both other alternatives and
| gives KDE 4 a thoroughly modern menu.
| [...]
| These points aside, Lancelot is in many ways what Kickoff should have been.
| It makes Kickoff structures work without inhibiting navigation or adding
| unnecessary complexity. I would not be greatly surprised if, a few releases
| down the road, Lancelot becomes the default menu in the KDE 4 series.


Lancelot revealed

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| Well, not exactly, but now you can get the general idea, and you can see what
| it will look like
| This is an actual screenshot, not a mock up...



The LHC is using KDE

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| I found some more interesting images:
| http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-35141-3.html
| http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-35141-5.html
| http://img388.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ohptoftimemeasured13sepjy2.png (from
| slashdot.org)


Deploying KDE to 52 million young people

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| By the end of this year 29,000 labs serving some 32,000,000 students will be
| fully deployed and in active use.
| By the end of next year (2009) those numbers will have swelled to 53,000 labs
| serving some 52,000,000 students.

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