Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Jun 2008 21:46 UTC
KDE KDE 4.1, which is supposed to become the KDE4 version usable by 'normal' people, is coming at the end of July. When Ars reviewed the beta release, they were positive in that it was moving forward at an "extraordinary pace". Despite the positive notions in the news, many seem to have problems actually seeing all the new stuff being done in KDE4 - just like how people fail to see the massive amount of work put into Vista. KDE developer Rafael Fernandez Lopez (I'm sorry for the lack of diacritical marks, an OSNews bug we're working on) decided to put together a screencast showing off all the new stuff coming in KDE 4.1.
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Why I like the default kde4 start menu
by MORB on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 14:00 UTC
MORB
Member since:
2005-07-06

I have come to actually like the default kde4 start menu.
Thing is, I realized that I never really liked the old one, neither do I like the windows one - at least as a day-to-day method to launch an application.

During all my computer activities, I mostly use only a handful of applications (just like the vast majority of people, I suspect). So I put most of them in the quick launch bar in windows, or drop them unceremoniously on the desktop. For the less often used ones, I often browse to them with a file explorer in windows, or start them from the command line in linux.

I found that both with windows and kde3, I tend to prefer using any method but the start menu to launch an application. I mostly only use the start menu as a directory of installed apps from which I can fish out some application's icon and copy it as a shortcut elsewhere, anywhere (desktop or quick launch bar).

I just don't like navigating those gigantic hierarchical application menus. They are unwieldy, offer smallish mouse targets and one mouse mishap (like moving out of the current sub-menu) is enough to take you to a completely different and unexpected location within this vile arborescence.

So, for me at least, the kde4 start menu makes sense: you navigate through application and mark favorites, which then become readily accessible on the first page of the menu. This captures my day-to-day application launching workflow within a single place.

The search function comes in handy as well during those expeditions to locate that thing you just installed.

Edited 2008-06-02 14:04 UTC

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

During all my computer activities, I mostly use only a handful of applications (just like the vast majority of people, I suspect). So I put most of them in the quick launch bar in windows, or drop them unceremoniously on the desktop.


For KDE 4 this is probably what you are after:

http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/QuickLauncher+Applet?conte...

http://www.kde-look.org/content/preview.php?preview=1&id=78061&file...

A warning about dropping stuff on the desktop ... I have repaired quite a few Windows setups where the complaint was ... such and such application doesn't work any more ... and the reason was because someone had dropped (moved) an application executable file out of its sub-directory in the "Program Files" area onto the desktop ... as opposed to putting a shortcut on the desktop.

For some users who don't really understand what they are doing ... the best policy is to tell them not to use the desktop at all for stuff like that. Then they don't mess up nearly as often.

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