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[7]: great
by lemur2 on Mon 16th Jun 2008 13:07 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: great"
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While I understood what the screenshot you referenced was supposed to show... it's a terrible screenshot. A screenshot showing a simple desktop with folder view as a plasmoid, and another showing it as the containment for the desktop, would have been sufficient. Aaron's example, while no doubt easy to generate, is overly cluttered.

Fair point.

Are any of these any better?

A nice-looking theme with a transparent background "folderview" plasmoid gives you "icons on the desktop" functionality (see the Aya theme screenshot, left-hand side, beneath the clock). Alternatively look at this screenshot:
(see the folderview plasmoid on the right-hand side).

The panel doesn't have to be black (in particular, see Glassified theme).

The panel can be re-sized.

As has been said ... a lot of the criticism being made isn't actually valid criticism.

There is a strong chance that legitimate, valid, constructive criticism has been "lost in the noise" as it were.

Edited 2008-06-16 13:21 UTC

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