Linked by David Adams on Sun 20th Jun 2010 03:03 UTC, submitted by Rohan Pearce
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I recently got to spend some time with MeeGo, an Intel-sponsored Linux distribution designed for netbooks and other mobile devices (such as Nokia's extra-geeky N900 smartphone). I tested MeeGo on a Lenovo IdeaPad S10 netbook and I was extremely impressed.
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RE: what a bad UI
by lemur2 on Sun 20th Jun 2010 09:39 UTC in reply to "what a bad UI"
lemur2
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2007-02-17

I'm sorry to say, but I just can't stand these 'minimalistic', childish interfaces that most of the netbook OSs seem to have.
I was the owner of Lenovo IdeaPad S10 and I bought only to have a smaller version of notebook with all of its normal features, like regular desktop and menus.
I didn't buy it to use it as a calculator on the steroids ... really.


To create a workable "smaller version of notebook with all of its normal features, like regular desktop and menus" on a typical 1024x600 netbook screen, where vertical screen pixels are at a premium, I found that the best solution was to simply move the KDE4 panel to the left-hand edge of the screen.

like so:
http://ourlan.homelinux.net/qdig/?Qwd=./KDE4_desktop&Qif=kubuntu_lu...

That screenshot isn't from a netbook, but I have set up my netbook in the same way as this.

With multiple desktops, right-click-on-desktop for menu, desktop cube, classic style for the menu button, present windows selected for window switching, and a quicklaunch set of icons set up in the panel, this desktop UI setup very quickly and easily brings a "smaller version of notebook with all of its normal features, like regular desktop and menus" to the netbook.

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RE[2]: what a bad UI
by spiderman on Mon 21st Jun 2010 09:59 in reply to "RE: what a bad UI"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

I believe the problem is not just the task bar but also the window title bars/borders. This is why I use awesome on my netbook and will probably try MeeGo when it works on Mandriva. Moving windows around with a touchpad on a 8.9' 1024x600 display is like hitting nails with a broom. Awesome is awesome on the netbook. Just use the keyboard to move windows around and don't waste space with window borders/titles.

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