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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yet another term
by l3v1 on Mon 16th Jun 2008 09:30 UTC
l3v1
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2005-07-06

yet another term for desk accessory


Well, in my book, "desk accessory" is just another fashionable term, just like the others, but longer. And a bit worse, since it's much broader (an "accessory" can be anything, literally).

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RE: yet another term
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 16th Jun 2008 14:15 in reply to "yet another term"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Well, in my book, "desk accessory" is just another fashionable term, just like the others, but longer. And a bit worse, since it's much broader (an "accessory" can be anything, literally).


Except desk accessory is the correct term. A widget is something completely different than a desk accessory, and to avoid confusion, I prefer the proper, correct terminology which is "desk accessory".

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RE[2]: yet another term
by axel on Mon 16th Jun 2008 21:07 in reply to "RE: yet another term"
axel Member since:
2006-02-04

Except desk accessory is the correct term. A widget is something completely different than a desk accessory,

Was, Was completely different. times and meanings have changed.


and to avoid confusion, I prefer the proper, correct terminology which is "desk accessory".

it's not the correct terminology though, you just decided it was by fiat, the rest of the world has pretty well standardized on widget.
that said to "avoid confusion" you should use the common term regardless of whether there is a more specific one out there, no one has ever been less confused by being told they have acute viral nasopharyngitis instead of saying they have a cold.

second the scope of plasmids is far beyond that of the "desk accessory" as it was invented and continuing in the usage of that term creates a seriously leaky metaphor. When your entire desktop IS plasmids it's a pretty questionable to call them accessories

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