Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 17:18 UTC, submitted by Konqi
SuSE, openSUSE The upcoming OpenSUSE 10.2 will feature a new KDE start menu with favorites and integrated search and application browser. It was developed by the KDE SUSE team after doing extensive usability testing on existing start menus - there will be a talk about it at aKademy 2006 next month. Note: The 2nd link has been updated, pointing to an alternative location. It works now.
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Wow.
by Adam S on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 17:48 UTC
Adam S
Member since:
2005-04-01

Very cool that they are modernizing the start menu, but I'm not sure I'm crazy about it. Something about KDE feels very cartoony rather than professional. Am I the only one who thinks that?

Reply Score: 1

RE: Wow.
by Eugenia on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 17:59 UTC in reply to "Wow."
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

It has some good ideas in it, but overall the implementation is creating a complex user experience. All these "advanced" submenus and stuff, I don't like.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Wow.
by camel on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 18:01 UTC in reply to "Wow."
camel Member since:
2005-06-29

> Am I the only one who thinks that?

Yes.

Reply Score: 5

RE[2]: Wow.
by Derek on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 18:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Wow."
Derek Member since:
2005-07-06

> Am I the only one who thinks that?


No.

Reply Score: 4

RE[3]: Wow.
by siimo on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 00:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Wow."
siimo Member since:
2006-06-22

Maybe ;-)

But KDE has its strong points just like other desktops have theirs.

Long live choice!

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: Wow.
by paperfrog on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 05:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Wow."
paperfrog Member since:
2006-01-01

>> Am I the only one who thinks that?

> Yes.

No, he's not. I like KDE, but have always thought the colors were too saturated and the menus too complex. I'm looking forward to seeing †he Appeal project implemented.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Wow.
by poohgee on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 18:13 UTC in reply to "Wow."
poohgee Member since:
2005-08-13

No your not - I love KDE - using SuSE now mostly for the last 6 years - but IMO a lot of the icons & window decos are too colourful & "playful" looking .

Whereas I find it hard to make GNOME look lively & colourful like KDE - GNOME to me just feels way slicker - more professional .

GNOME looks more "plain" I guess - with less options .

But very much looking forward to KDE V 4 ;)

& Generaly the improvements of new GNOME & Xorg ;)

THX for update : Looks cool - it would be perfect were it to be hanging from a top bar with the tabs at the top as well .
Similiar to the GNOME one used in SLES 10.
The "All programs" tab needs some severe work - maybe some locations indication of where one is in the menu like in nautilus windows .

Edited 2006-08-22 18:25

Reply Score: 1

RE: Wow.
by smitty on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 18:34 UTC in reply to "Wow."
smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

Am I the only one who thinks that?

I think that is the 2nd most common complaint I've heard about KDE (1st = too complicated/cluttered UI).

I like the way it looks, and it annoys me that I can't get Gnome to look similar, but I could certainly see why some people wouldn't like it.

Edited 2006-08-22 18:34

Reply Score: 5

RE: Wow.
by vimh on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 18:53 UTC in reply to "Wow."
vimh Member since:
2006-02-04

I agree. I think KDE's menu is a bit cartoony. I like this new concept though.

What I really would like however is to customize what is presented within the tabs. Basically I guess I'd just want multipe "Favorites" tabs and then I'd use All Programs for the lesser used apps. Get rid of the Recent list since that's pretty much what the favorites would be anyway.

As far as the cartoony look, I'd go for a bit more subdued color scheme. Do away with that yellow star, darken the icons and lessen or chuck the gradients in the All Programs and Leave icons.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Wow.
by Luis on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 19:09 UTC in reply to "Wow."
Luis Member since:
2006-04-28

I agree that KDE's (and QT apps) worst thing is their look when compared to Gnome/GTK.

I am among the ones who think that KDE is technically superior to Gnome, but don't use it because I don't like its look. So I stick to XFCE and GTK apps.

If they could make KDE/QT look more professional and have a bit better fonts, it would probably become the DE of choice of some big ones again. RHEL for example, uses Gnome but includes lots of QT apps in their default install.

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: Wow.
by dumbkiwi on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 19:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Wow."
dumbkiwi Member since:
2006-01-02

In response to all these posts:

Change the theme/iconset/colour scheme to something you like.

What is wrong with you people?

Reply Score: 5

RE[3]: Wow.
by Ultimatebadass on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 19:57 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Wow."
Ultimatebadass Member since:
2006-01-08

Exactly. That's where KDE's power lies - in customization.

Reply Score: 4

RE[3]: Wow.
by Kroc on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 20:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Wow."
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Every default in KDE is wrong. There's only so many things I'm wiling to change before it gets too much.

Reply Score: 1

RE[4]: Wow.
by siimo on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 00:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Wow."
siimo Member since:
2006-06-22

Just because it may be wrong for you does not mean its wrong for everyone!

Reply Score: 1

RE[4]: Wow.
by adiwibowo on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 03:18 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Wow."
adiwibowo Member since:
2005-07-15

Do you ever think that may be KDE doesn't suite your personality, behavior, taste, or whatever?

Calling a DE is wrong in every default, because lots of it doesn't suite your preference is just wrong.

I use Gnome occasionally, at first it looks beautiful, but after sometime it looks bland. And I don't like it. But I won't call it wrong, just different preference of taste. So I don't use Gnome anymore. It just offer different kind of experience that doesn't suite me.
That's all.

Sidenote: I think a lot of people see things in black and white, right or wrong, false or true in area that supposed to be seen as preference or taste.

Reply Score: 5

RE[3]: Wow.
by macisaac on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 22:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Wow."
macisaac Member since:
2005-08-28

I'm kind of wondering that myself. The way I setup KDE looks rather different from the defaults. Not that I think the defaults are so atrocious and all that, it's just that tastes differ. The beauty of KDE is the extent that it allows me to do this, without having jump through fire and hoops. Open control center, customize to hearts content. It's really not rocket science.

Also, don't confuse SUSE KDE and actual KDE, SUSE puts in a bunch of their own little hacks and such, which is quite fine, they're certainly allowed to do that, but one shouldn't judge KDE's actual 'default' by looking solely at SUSE's.

Reply Score: 2

RE: Wow.
by alcibiades on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 19:55 UTC in reply to "Wow."
alcibiades Member since:
2005-10-12

No, I prefer a sort of minimalist plain look - almost any of the Gnome themes. But what I notice is, its what you start with. A friend, who by accident I started on KDE back in the days of Mandrake 9.x, is just used to the look and really doesn't want to change. The people who started on Gnome however prefer that. It would probably be hard to even change the Gnome people to xfce however similar looking it is.

People, once they have got used to a look on their desktop, seem to want to stay with it.

Now elive, and e17 on the other hand. That is special!

Reply Score: 3

RE[2]: Wow.
by h3rman on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 11:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Wow."
h3rman Member since:
2006-08-09

People, once they have got used to a look on their desktop, seem to want to stay with it.

I used KDE for two years (Suse), thinking Gnome sucked, but now I went to Gnome 2.14 and I'll stick with it. I like the default looks and layout, menu on the top, the way windows look when you minimize them, and the simplicity. Configure something, no dozens of KDE/Windows style "apply" buttons, it's just done (OSX style). I guess more people try out more DEs before sticking with one.
Unless, of course, they don't know how to install another DE.

And XFCE is just a little too limited and not intuitive enough (yet?).

About the new KDE menu? I don't really like big menus. I prefer ALT F2 and typing a few letters. That'll start most apps for me.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Wow.
by segedunum on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 22:07 UTC in reply to "Wow."
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Something about KDE feels very cartoony rather than professional.

Define 'cartoony' and 'professional' in terms that mean something in a usability sense before you make a comment like that, or just don't bother at all. I may be the only one who is getting sick of seeing words like 'cartoony', 'professional' or 'clean' used with no justification in 'professional' terms whatsoever, or I may not.

We've even got people who claim they like the look of GTK better (pardon?) and that KDE should use better fonts. Errr, the fonts on your system have nothing to do with the desktop and everything to do with what's installed.

On the other hand I could quite reasonably say that Gnome has a very, very bland colourset that few users who are unfamiliar with KDE or Gnome actually like and find it limited in its functionality.

I could also find gaping holes in Gnome's usability and their HIG (one day I may write something on it) by asking why on Earth some of their applet windows merely have a 'close' button, with no way of cancelling any changes and exiting.

I could also ask why the functionality of some of their apps are so limited, and why I don't have a way of selecting a theme, customising it and having a proper preview of the style, window decoration and colours before I commit.

But I don't. Unless it's relevant.

Edited 2006-08-22 22:09

Reply Score: 5

RE[2]: Wow.
by nicolasb on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 22:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Wow."
nicolasb Member since:
2006-08-22

"On the other hand I could quite reasonably say that Gnome has a very, very bland colourset that few users who are unfamiliar with KDE or Gnome actually like and find it limited in its functionality.
"

Hey, that's why i truly hate Windows XP Luna interface and KDE.

Windows 2000, good old classic interface, looks so much better than Luna and KDE.

This is where i think gnome deserve the word "clean". It's "clean", not "flashy". No 3000 colors beating my eyes. No cartoony icons. This "bland" colourset, you name it, is the reason why i love the Gnome interface.

Kde users just don't understand taste. Old kde shipped with the worst theme linux ever saw and it destroyed its reputation for me.
http://www.kde.org/screenshots/images/3.1/fullsize/3.png
Keramik, how can ANYONE love that ? abused bevel buttons, in-your-face colors, too much relief in the "close, maximize" button in the windows.. plastik is much better, but it's light years from Gnome themes.

Polyester is the only worthy theme KDE has.
http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=27968&PHPSESSID=b8...
It's "good", but not near perfection. I used to have KDE before i got bored from the look. I hope distributions and KDE will use Polyester by default. And stop using the fugly Crystal icons.

Reply Score: 2

RE[3]: Wow.
by adiwibowo on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 03:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Wow."
adiwibowo Member since:
2005-07-15

Kde users just don't understand taste.

I know my taste better than you. That's for sure. And I know I understand my taste better, it live inside me for 32 years now.

Well some comments are really stupid.

Reply Score: 5

RE[3]: Wow.
by segedunum on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 14:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Wow."
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Hey, that's why i truly hate Windows XP Luna interface and KDE.

Windows 2000, good old classic interface, looks so much better than Luna and KDE.

This is where i think gnome deserve the word "clean". It's "clean", not "flashy".


Errrrr. I think you've missed the point of my post ;) .

This "bland" colourset, you name it, is the reason why i love the Gnome interface.

Well that's you.

Kde users just don't understand taste.

No accounting for it really, is there?

Keramik, how can ANYONE love that ? abused bevel buttons...

The default now is Plastik, has been for some time and has been universally acknowledged to be a pretty usable theme.

Reply Score: 5

RE[2]: Wow.
by thebluesgnr on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 01:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Wow."
thebluesgnr Member since:
2005-11-14

GNOME, like Mac OS and BeOS, uses instant-apply for preferences windows. KDE, like Windows, doesn't, which is probably why GNOME feels a little different to you. You could write something about it to the devs but I doubt it would have any effect, because instant-apply kicks so much ass. ;)

As for limited functionality, that is not the goal of GNOME. Perhaps if you file a bug you'll be able to do work that you can't do now with GNOME.

Reply Score: 1

RE[3]: Wow.
by segedunum on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 13:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Wow."
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

You could write something about it to the devs but I doubt it would have any effect, because instant-apply kicks so much ass.

I'm afraid it doesn't. If you have any sort of applet window that is anything other than really basic, where you can remember the changes made, it is almost impossible for you to role the canges back manually - and that's what you have to do.

Additionally, the word 'close' gives no indication whatsoever that your changes will be applied.

Reply Score: 5

RE: Wow.
by AlexandreAM on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 00:10 UTC in reply to "Wow."
AlexandreAM Member since:
2006-02-06

> Am I the only one who thinks that?

Well, with those exact words I don't know if I can agree. But there is something "odd" (to my personal taste) about KDE looks. But to be fair, many of my KDE-loving friends say the same about Gnome.

In the end of the day it doesn't really matter, does it?

Reply Score: 2

RE: Wow.
by sbergman27 on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 00:49 UTC in reply to "Wow."
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Funny thing about that. Way back when, when fvwm2, fmvm95, and the Anotherlevel theme were cool, I discovered KDE 1.0. It looked great. Then Gnome 1.0 came along, and I was really embarrassed for it. I thought the icons looked really amateurish. I remember someone commenting that they liked Gnome's icons but thought that KDE's looked cartoonish. I couldn't understand what they were talking about.

Fast forward a bit. RedHat introduced Bluecurve. I switched to Gnome about that time, and I thought it looked so very plain and ugly. But after using it a while. I really grew to like it. Very smart and business-like. I like the current Gnome defaults for the same reason as I liked Bluecurve. Very professional looking.

From time to time, I try out a distro that uses KDE as its default desktop. And for the whole time I am using it, I just can't get over how comical, and yes, cartoonish the artwork looks to me. I know it's silly, because I should be paying attention to functionality more than looks. But it keeps me from taking KDE as seriously as I might otherwise.

So the "funny thing about that" that I'm wondering about is this:

Is is that KDE's style has changed? Gnomes style? Or have my tastes just changed?

Reply Score: 1

RE: Wow.
by sappyvcv on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 02:04 UTC in reply to "Wow."
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

Nope, I've always felt that way. No matter how much I know it "doesn't matter", it still bugs me.

edit: Just saw the start menu. UGH, that is terrible.

Edited 2006-08-23 02:11

Reply Score: 1

RE: Wow.
by alime on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 13:26 UTC in reply to "Wow."
alime Member since:
2005-07-06

I agree, that is one reason i can't fight for it at work.
It just looks to kid-ish and why does most distro have a cartoon dragon thoughout the Desktop Enviornment. come on.

Yet, I like where they are going. If they can make it more professional.
Icon Set for KDE 4 - http://www.oxygen-icons.org/?cat=3

PS.
~Portland Project is needed

Reply Score: 1

Nice
by slougi on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 17:57 UTC
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2006-08-16

I think it's pretty cool, and could be a lot easier to use than the current menu. I do hope that they do something about the look of the menu itself, especially the gradient in the background looks a bit annoying.

Reply Score: 5

It's an unpleasing
by gwen on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 17:58 UTC
gwen
Member since:
2005-07-08

I've never liked the KDE menu, especially with the default look.

Reply Score: 1

Link Isn't working
by thabrain on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 18:01 UTC
thabrain
Member since:
2005-06-29

I've tried the KDE Menu link and it appears to be down or timing out

Edited 2006-08-22 18:02

Reply Score: 1

I like it, I think
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 18:07 UTC
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2005-06-29

As far as I can see now (before testing it), I really like it. If this works as good as SLED 10's (GNOME) Slab menu, they've got a serious winner.

Reply Score: 1

RE: I like it, I think
by IgorKH on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 05:55 UTC in reply to "I like it, I think"
IgorKH Member since:
2005-07-13

How come I can mod you?

Reply Score: 1

OH Yeah baby!
by Lengsel on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 18:10 UTC
Lengsel
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2006-04-19

This is exciting to see. I am pretty much a KDE exclusive user, so this is an exciting read for me. With the way the Novell R&D/Developement team, or whoever it was in Novell, ripped out the GNOME menu and designed their own, I thought they really helped make GNOME much more usable to the lay person. I tried the free download of SLED 10 and booted into GNOME, and I thought the menu was very nice and could almost, almost, take on KDE on SLED's GNOME menu alone. So to see their great work from that and now they are going to try to work on something for KDE, I am excited. I'm sure a few of all y'alls out there are too. I am more of a BSD person myself, just not happy with the state of of Linux, it's filing system, etc. But OpenSUSE I can completely support with whatever they do, because of the direction they seem to trying to take this distro.

Reply Score: 4

Good stuff
by moleskine on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 18:11 UTC
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2005-11-05

It's excellent that Novell/SuSE are getting stuck into some KDE developments after all the worries that they were going Gnome-centric. This is only a rough draft and maybe KDE 4 will bring a different look and feel from the KDE 3 "Crystal era" anyway? But it's all good news to me.

Reply Score: 5

Really nice
by NxStY on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 18:38 UTC
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2005-11-12

I like it, though I donīt think the KDE people will.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Really nice
by dark child on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 19:18 UTC in reply to "Really nice"
dark child Member since:
2005-12-09

I like it, though I donīt think the KDE people will.

I like it and I am sure many KDE users will because the menu has been one of the few things many hardcore KDE users complained about (hence the huge uptake of kbfx). The only thing I can't really figure out is how Suses effort fits in with the vision for KDE 4 because KDE 4 is supposed to be sporting a brand spanking new menu.

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: Really nice
by cg0def on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 19:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Really nice"
cg0def Member since:
2006-02-12

Since the functions used by the Suse team would probably remain the same in KDE4 and the Suse menu is a separate program I really don't see how the shift from KDE3 to 4 would affect Suse much. Worst case is that a small part of the code would have to be rewritten usign the new handles for the KDE4 menu. Only this takes a very small amount of time and is a relativelly easy fix. Of course all this would be pointless of the KDE team and Suse come to and agreement on what the KDE menu is supposed to look like. (which I'm really hoping for)

Reply Score: 2

kbfx
by DrillSgt on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 18:48 UTC
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2005-12-02

Almost looks like it is using kbfx by default?

Reply Score: 1

wonea
by wonea on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 18:48 UTC
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2005-10-28

I really don't like this feature. It's much better to use the whole screen really estate than shove it in some little box.

No thank you. This feature is a turkey. Up there with that annoying office feature of hiding the drop down menus.

Reply Score: 2

RE: wonea
by dagw on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 21:10 UTC in reply to "wonea"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

I agree with the fact that there is no reason to limit yourself to a small corner of the screen. The scroll bars in the start menu where simply a bad design. When you're accessing something from the start menu you generally don't need to also see the desktop or any other window, so why not grow the start menu to the needed size.

That being said I think the concepts shown are great. If they can be developed a bit I think it will become really useful.

Reply Score: 1

RE: wonea
by macisaac on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 22:32 UTC in reply to "wonea"
macisaac Member since:
2005-08-28

I would tend to agree. One thing I can't stand when I'm using GNOME (as I am while I'm typing this), is the fact that in menu items with a lot of content I have to manually scroll through to see all the listings. With KDE's menu, plop, it's all there.

I'm not sure who came up with the idea that hunting through menus is a good idea (like "personalized" menus in windows).

Reply Score: 2

RE: wonea
by nutshell42 on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 13:15 UTC in reply to "wonea"
nutshell42 Member since:
2006-01-12

I really don't like this feature. It's much better to use the whole screen really estate than shove it in some little box.

Have you actually watched the video?

You can resize the menu like a normal window and I expect (hope) that it will remember its size.

Reply Score: 2

Proof in the Pudding
by lostnerd on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 18:52 UTC
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2005-07-27

I could see arguments on either side of the issue. I am pretty much am a KDE exclusive user for quite some time. I don't buy the whole "too cartoonish" argument. Regardless I like to try it out before I make the judgement call. Seems to be an intriguing idea.

Reply Score: 3

nice stuff
by cg0def on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 19:21 UTC
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2006-02-12

Wow nice to see that someone is really thinking about usability in KDE. Ok, this is really not a fair statement when you consider all that's being done for KDE4 but KDE3 has been such a pain for the longest time. Anyway, I really like this Startmenu concept and especially the ease of moving items arround. This is one of the few things that no OSS desktop environment does better than Windows. But it looks there's a change comming. Way to go Suse/Novell

Reply Score: 1

Good to see...
by jtrapp on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 19:52 UTC
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2005-07-06

I use openSUSE with KDE 90% of the time. After playing with SLED, seeing how much work went into Gnome (and how KDE was really no different than openSUSE) I was worried that KDE was going to be neglected. This shows I was wrong.

Sometimes it is good to be wrong...

Reply Score: 1

Looks "heavy"
by ronaldst on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 20:17 UTC
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2005-06-29

Tabs inside a menu? lol

The "Lock Screen" button and "Leave" Tab should be merged. Minimize start menu space. Or put Leave as a button next to Lock Screen.

Merge the "My favourites" and "recently used" Tabs.

Get rid of "my computer" tab completely. So wrong. It's a start menu, not a desktop itself.

I wish they'd work on an alternative to Window Explorer instead of just beefing it up. KDE needs to shed it's Windows clone image real bad.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Looks "heavy"
by Ronald Vos on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 20:55 UTC in reply to "Looks "heavy""
Ronald Vos Member since:
2005-07-06

Get rid of "my computer" tab completely. So wrong. It's a start menu, not a desktop itself.

You realise you want to see access to your disks relegated to the desktop itself, the least accessible part when you got applications running?
I consider putting anything on the desktop literally counter-productive.

Reply Score: 2

I think it's a pretty good sign
by HanZo on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 20:20 UTC
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2006-03-10

let's be frank, any start menu under linux, be it gnome or KDE has been up to this point a)more or less the same all the time b) too much like the good old win95 start menu. seeing that somebody now finally tries to find some new appoaches to the start menu thing is a good sign! personally I think the gnome menu is ok, if it's used in an intelligent way like in ubuntu, and not cluttered with useless duplicates like in the last OpenSuse I tried, but I think it can be improved. What Novell did is maybe not perfect, but certainly a step ahead, it opens the way for new ideas!
btw... one thing I always hated (and still do hate) in osx is that there is no menu to launch your apps... and the dock is not a good replacement for it...

Reply Score: 1

Nice menu, but ...
by Tom K on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 20:21 UTC
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2005-07-06

I like the menu design, but what the hell is it with the butt-ugly fonts? Not only are they too small, and the wrong face for such a menu, but the rendering is just plain awful!

It's the little details like this that keep me from slowly switching some of the people who depend on me for computer help to some sort of Linux distro.

Reply Score: 1

I love kde
by judgen on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 20:29 UTC
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2006-07-12

Plastik is soooo nice. Also i might add that i have never had a panel in a xfree/xorg more than the time it takes for me to remove it. I dont understand what to use them for? all i need is the alt+r run command and im set. =) Seriously what do you use the bars and crap for?.... Well there is the systray but that can be placed on the desktop to get more working space. And the k-menu is kinda worthless unless you dont know what all your apps names are. *lol* As for the "taskbar" i dont know what to say but "waste of space". Well atleast its not windows-explorer and all the stuf i dont want can be removed. But what ever makes the OpenSuSE and kde guys and gals happy, i guess makes me happy too.

Reply Score: 1

in relation to kde4
by aseigo on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 21:00 UTC
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2005-07-06

having this menu out in the wild previous to kde4 will give us a chance to field test it and determine if this is a direction we want to go for kde4. kbfx is a similar effort in that regard.

for the doubters, this menu has actually been usability tested with "regular users" in the lab. a lot of changes were made as a direct result of those experiments. sometimes those changes run against one's intuition but actually work for people. i find a lot of armchair usability folk tend to pay more attention to intuition and "stuff i've read" than user input. this menu was designed with a user-first mentality; we'll see how it fares in opensuse.

having used it myself, i'm actually fairly impressed with how well it works.

as for the look, yes, i expect the visuals to be rather different in kde4 even if this menu layout is what gets adopted.

Reply Score: 5

v Yuk!
by falemagn on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 21:53 UTC
I like it.
by REMF on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 21:56 UTC
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2006-02-05

great to see SUSE and KDE working together.

happily my pessimism over the whole Novell/Gnome switch appears to be unfounded.

bring on KDE4

Reply Score: 1

flash
by macisaac on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 22:28 UTC
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2005-08-28

little point but kudos to them, providing an mpeg for those of us who don't or can't use flash (as I can't in Linux on this G4 here)

Reply Score: 2

Not too bad
by kernelpanicked on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 00:47 UTC
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2006-02-01

I actually kinda like it. Not enough to give up XFCE, but still, not bad. The only problem is the "My Computer" thing. If KDE is supposedly not intended to be a Windows clone, please stop beating users over the head with Windowsisms.

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Lalala
by flywheel on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 02:04 UTC
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2005-12-28

Nice to see that Novell haven't axed KDE totally - I was really afraid of that.

But I really don't care much for the feel of the result - it's too damn Vista'ish. That combined with the "My Computer" folder objects, the Windows term localisation translations and increasing heavy use of Mono applications - should make SUSE a bit more attractive for current Windows users.

I dunno - perhaps I'll give PC-BSD a spin, with the new installer instead.

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RE: Lalala
by thebluesgnr on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 02:56 UTC in reply to "Lalala"
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2005-11-14

But I really don't care much for the feel of the result - it's too damn Vista'ish.

How would you rate the current layout then, too damn Windows95-ish?

IMO the proposed one is less similar to any version of Windows than the current one is to Windows pre-XP.

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RE: Lalala
by thebluesgnr on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 02:58 UTC in reply to "Lalala"
thebluesgnr Member since:
2005-11-14

But I really don't care much for the feel of the result - it's too damn Vista'ish.

How would you rate the current layout then, too damn Windows95-ish?

IMO the proposed one is less similar to any version of Windows than the current one is to Windows pre-XP.

Also, I believe the video doesn't show a final version. I never had a high opinion of Novell's slab from looking at their mock-ups, it looked too much like XP. "looked" being the keyword there, because now that I've tried it I can't go back to the old GNOME layout.

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too complicated for the average user
by solidsnake on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 03:12 UTC
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2006-06-04

Most users want simplicity and ease of use. Will this make using the computer easy for the average user?

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Eh...
by grat on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 04:11 UTC
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2006-02-02

Generally, happy to see usability improvements. Also nice to see KDE improvements from the company that supposedly abandoned KDE. KDE is my preferred environment (I'm far less likely to encounter "I'm sorry Dave, you can't do that" when customizing KDE), but it's frequently a bit *too* much like windows.

Of course, having said that, I'm usually hitting Alt-F1, "/" and a couple characters to pick the app I want, then hitting right arrow a few times followed by enter.

I'm probably not a typical user. ;)

KDE gives me MUCH more in the way of flexibility, both in configuring the desktop, the window behavior, and the appearance of the UI. And keyboard shortcuts. Lots of keyboard shortcuts. It's one of the things that keeps me from using XGL/Compiz-- I lose too many features I like.

Ideally, the old menu will still be around and functioning for those of us who just use it to keep our icons from piling up. ;)

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Cartoony No More
by jaykayess on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 04:47 UTC
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2005-09-28

This is what the next major version of KDE will look like: http://oxygen-icons.org/ "Professional-looking" is one of their goals.

But honestly, I think it's silly to dismiss an entire desktop just because you don't like the default icons. They can be changed, after all.

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RE: Cartoony No More
by sappyvcv on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 06:52 UTC in reply to "Cartoony No More"
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2005-07-06

Honestly I think those still look a little toyish. I guess it's hard to really say until I see it in action though.

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Good company.
by suslik on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 05:28 UTC
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2005-07-27

It is normal to see people exclaim frantically how gladly they would give up breadth of functionality for "nice defaults." After all, many people forego the stove for the simplicity of a toaster.

It is not normal when shelow cooking skills and low expectations of variation of out become equated to "style".

I see the battle of KDE vs. Gnome as a battle of "people who can cook" and "toaster-operators". Which is not good vs bad, but a question of your needs are.

Theoretically, KDE should NOT have a default look, because KDE doesn't have a "default" distribution. The default in the source is like a blank canvas. The defaults are there for distros to tweak and tailor for the user. Many (mostly young, based on my experience in computer services filed) users actually like "blank" canvas and gladly personalize it given the means. If you say that KDE's "default" has no style, you are saying that you have no personal sense of style or skill to put it in.

By the way, Kudos for bringing up the Polyester skin for KDE. It's my favorite as well. Can be made very spartain-looking. (example: http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=44376 )

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RE: Good company.
by nutshell42 on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 11:25 UTC in reply to "Good company."
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2006-01-12

By the way, Kudos for bringing up the Polyester skin for KDE. It's my favorite as well. Can be made very spartain-looking.
Not as spartan as my favorite Reinhardt:
http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=5962&vote=good&tan...

Although I prefer a warmer color theme. =)

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Re: RE: Really nice
by Darkelve on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 09:49 UTC
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2006-02-06

"The only thing I can't really figure out is how Suses effort fits in with the vision for KDE 4 because KDE 4 is supposed to be sporting a brand spanking new menu."

It's pretty simple. The brand spanking new menu in KDE4 is the KDE Team's vision. This is Novells vision. If Novell thinks their implementation is better than that menu, they'll replace it with their own... they'll use what they think works best. What's so confusing about that?

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Bad Move!
by oxleyn on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 11:20 UTC
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2005-10-04

I really wish they hadn't made this public, MS will only end up stealing the idea! ;-)

Edited 2006-08-23 11:35

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Looks very great
by Bonus on Thu 24th Aug 2006 09:38 UTC
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2005-12-23

I have to put in that I totally love this. It's all compact and object orientated. Instant search and no bulky managed environment to do it in either. This simply kicks ass!

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