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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Useful?
by wigginz on Mon 16th Jun 2008 15:59 UTC
wigginz
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2006-03-03

I've been itching to find a good use for Plasma (in the context of MY desktop and how I use it). Does anyone know of a practical guide to using Plasma to enhance desktop usability/efficiency? I just can't seem to figure it out. I'm ALWAYS working with windows covering the desktop, how can plasmoids that are always underneath things and never seen actually be useful? It's not just a Plasma thing, I've had the same gripe with OSX Dashboard and the Yahoo (whatever it was called) desktop thing. Hitting F12 to see the desktop never really pops into my head while I'm working. Maybe it's something I need to condition myself to do, I dunno.

I love the concept, just doesn't seem useful.

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