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[News] K Desktop Environment 4.4 and GNOME 3.0 Previews

  • Subject: [News] K Desktop Environment 4.4 and GNOME 3.0 Previews
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 09:18:28 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Battery Improvements in KDE Plasma 4.4

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| The battery applet in KDE Plasma 4.4 has 
| gotten some nice improvements. First of 
| all, I wasnât really happy with the layout 
| of its popup dialog. It looked messy and 
| didnât scale well with bigger fonts. During 
| Tokamak3 in September, I started improving 
| this. To make it look calmer, I reduced the 
| amount of edges widgets are aligned to. The 
| previous version used nested layouts, which 
| lead to widgets not properly aligned with 
| each other. This creates a rather messy 
| look. For 4.4, Iâve reworked the layout and 
| reduced everything to only one layout and 
| attached the battery in the popup off-
| layout in the top-right corner. I thought 
| about using an AnchorLayout for this, but a 
| simple setGeometry() to position the 
| battery top-right would work as well, so I 
| went for KISS. I also replaced the text on 
| the "Configure Power Management" button 
| with a tooltip, reducing visual clutter but 
| keeping this handy in-context shortcut to 
| easily get at the more advanced power 
| managment settings.


Review: Gnome Shell

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| Gnome Shell is a redesign to the way the 
| gnome desktop looks and works. I find it 
| very interesting, because it stops trying 
| to base itself on windows' functionality 
| and design (although gnome isn't exactly 
| like windows' desktop, it had to many 
| similarities to not have been based on it), 
| and instead it consists of an original 
| design and functionality.



An Update Of What Is To Come With KRunner In KDE SC 4.4

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| With the next version of KDE SC to be
| released early next year, KRunner, one of
| KDE SCâs most powerful feature since v4.0,
| is getting some major updates. The hard
| feature freeze for KDE SC 4.4 is already
| done. So, in this article, we shall look at
| some changes that is being introduced to
| KRunner for KDE SC 4.4 and then some new
| plugins coming with it.

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