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[3]: Desktop, but no wallpaper?
by _txf_ on Mon 16th Jun 2008 21:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Desktop, but no wallpaper?"
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all plasmoids are freely resizable so you can just "maximise it like any other window". Its background is semitransparent, but opacity is dependent on plasma theme, which, for example glassified is more transparent than the default.

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