Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Sep 2008 21:47 UTC, submitted by KugelKurt
KDE KDE's Aaron Seigo has published a blog post in which he details how Nepomuk and the semantic desktop can be beneficial to users. He introduces the concepts of "context" and "context switches" - possible states are "writing an OSNews news item", or "posting a blog entry", or "editing your MySpace page". When you switch from one of these contexts to another, it's called a context switch, according to Seigo. "What happens with the rest of the software running on your computer when you switch contexts?" Seigo answers his own question. "Pretty much nothing. At least not automatically."
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by manjabes on Sat 6th Sep 2008 20:55 UTC
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These new technologies and ways of thinking/working etc. are, of course, mighty fine, but...it'd be very fine if Plasma in KDE4 would achieve feature parity with the oh-so-old-and-ugly-and-unmaintainable kicker in 3.5. Or the multiple other ways in which the 3.5 was great (and still is).

I understand that all the devs want to create a "platform" or "new way of doing stuff" or something like that so they'd get all the respect and fame for creating the "pillars" and some other grey sad dude/gal from pakistan must create all the stuff that is of REAL value to users and his/her only benefit from it comes in the form of supporting nagging end users. I kind of agree with Spolsky in this that creating a new PLATFORM or FRAMEWORK or FOUNDATION is all wankydoodly but human beings prefer to have some real use out of a program/desktop environment.
In terms of KDE: I'd love to believe that KDE is the next best thing after sliced bread, but the fact, that I cannot have a two-line taskbar (and system tray) that would use the humongous vertical space a wee bit more efficiently than plasma currently, holds me back. The oh-so-nasty kicker could do it! And when I have more than two windows open then the whole of Nepomuk (or other sexy PLATFORMS that people like to twiddle with) doesn't help me ONE BIT as I cannot see the window name because the whole friggin taskbar is still a placeholder created by someone thinking "oh, this should do for a while so I can hack away on the fancy thins that maybe make me famous. Probably some other lowlife will fix it sometime" and the rectangles marking the window are so narrow that it only holds the app icon (drawn in mighty crazy SVG, so that if some dude wants to have a full-screen taskbar then his icons won't suffer from a quality loss!!).

Until stuff like that creeps into KDE4, I must stay with 3.5 and see how all the new goodies only appear in KDE4 and weep 'cause I can't use them because of the stinking taskbar (amongst a few other thingies).

Again, I emphasize that I do NOT want to belittle the work or the ideas behind Nepomuk, Plasma, Solid or Qt4 but it's the little things that make a difference. And, concerning KDE, that I can tweak the little things to my liking. In that context, being told that "You shall bear the cashew, like it or not" by a Gnome-inspired BDFL, is the major showstopper. It's not that there aint any competitors...although windows has its share of BS, the tweaking and utilities that Lenovo has created for my shiny new Thinkpad make me wonder which hassles are less irritating...

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