Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Jun 2008 07:09 UTC
KDE Probably the most often misunderstood element of KDE4 is Plasma, the extensive widget engine that replaces the normal desktop and the Kicker panel from KDE 3.x. The entire KDE4 desktop is built up out of Plasmoids (yet another term for desk accessory), including the panel and the desktop itself - and it is the latter that has been causing quite some confusion. Where are my desktop icons? Update: Aaron Seigo has published a screencast showing how the FolderView Plasmoid behaves as a normal desktop, and how to make it so.
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RE[3]: what
by TheMonoTone on Tue 17th Jun 2008 17:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: what"
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Sorry but OS X 10.6 dealing with Multi-Core CPUs, GPUs in an agnostic approach to leverage what they should be doing while not blowing cycles on video games, all surrounded around straight-forward APIs for dozens if not hundreds of fields where such work has long been desired is far more ground breaking than Plasmoids.


OpenCL is supposed to be going to Khronos, the same people who administer OpenGL (according to wikipedia). Meaning even if its first on Mac OS X it shouldn't be the only platform to get it after it comes out. Linux and Mac would likely follow suite quickly after since it would most likely be done in a similar manner to opengl, meaning the vendor implements the api. They seem to like making things the same as much as possible across all their platforms.

More interstingly will be to see if the vendors actually follow along, especially nvidia as it seems like it'd be in their best interest to keep cuda working on their hardware as long as possible to dissuade purchasing of other brands. Fortunately for Apple they seem to be in bed with ATI at the moment.

So your argument in this case is primarily going for mac's grand-central business. Certainly interesting, but my guess is that they will be using llvm as they supposedly are for opencl (again wikipedia opencl article) in which case, once again, it certainly would be possible for any other operating system that support llvm to take advantage of this.

In either case, neither of these new Mac OS X api/libs/functionality/whatever-you-want-to-call-them deal with how the desktop itself functions, which is primarily what KDE focuses on. So once again you've done a plug for Steve Job's while trying to downplay the rest of the world. They are interesting but have almost nothing to do with the generic desktop interface and almost everything to do with speedy parallel processing of data.

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