Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jan 2011 23:29 UTC, submitted by zegenie
KDE Before we get underway: I'm sorry, we don't have enough headline space to write 'KDE Releases Development Platform, Applications and Plasma Workspaces 4.6.0'. Then again, do any non-anal people every refer to it that way? No? I thought so. In any case, there's a new KDE version out with lots of new features, bug fixes, and performance enhancements.
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Comment by Jason Bourne
by Jason Bourne on Fri 28th Jan 2011 17:01 UTC
Jason Bourne
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2007-06-02

Well, regarding the application launcher menu, did you know you can change it to a different form that is very similar to the old/classic menu. And maybe you would like another one more: Lancelot, which i like the most. Well in the end you don't even need a menu like this, you can just use KRunner (Alt+F2) for it. I think that's what is so beautiful about KDE's desktop. All is built out from components which you can combine almost as you please so you can built the desktop just as you want it. You can't get anything like this on any other desktop.


Yes, I knew it! I know I can magically switch to KDE classic menu with just one single click. But let's see the bigger picture here. It's important to set sane settings as default settings, and not stupid options default and leave the user to choose the option to hack around later. This is important, and this is why Ubuntu pushed farther miles than Kubuntu, because of the polishing and minor level of stupid options default. However, KDE is a mess on any distribution. "You can change it later" it's an argument for the loser, really. Should KDE rethink Kickoff, or perhaps even hard-copy Windows 7 Menu, it would be much better for KDE.

The K menu is the best launcher menu there is. The apps you most often need, you just right click and add to the favourites. The ones you need now and then, you remember by name and type in the first few letters. The ones you use once every couple of months, you look for like you would in Windows or Gnome. It's designed for actual use, not for 10 minutes testing.


Well, I get the feeling that this KickOff menu was supposed to be a hard-copy from Windows 7 or Vista. SOMEHOW, and I really mean it, SOMEHOW, someone decided to change a few things for it not to look so much like Vista/7. Problem is that this person turned it into a goddamn almost-like webpage menu browser with unnecessary sliding into so many sub-levels. A good menu won't have you effing searching for anything, the thing is just there. Let's cut the crap out. I would be more relieved if it was a plain copy from Windows aesthetics.

I sincerely don't get what is this thing with search feature freaks.

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RE: Comment by Jason Bourne
by AdrianoML on Fri 28th Jan 2011 19:07 in reply to "Comment by Jason Bourne"
AdrianoML Member since:
2010-08-13

I can't understand this hate for the K menu. You just need to hover your pointer over the apps thing (which is really close to the menu button) and there you have, every application installed. You can type right away for search queries, it opens right away with your favorites apps and the hover "tab" thing works really well. Oh, and no button clusterfuck that is the win7 menu.

I find it very compact, clean, fast, and it's TOTALLY DIFFERENT from vista/win7 menu. You might say they share that huge rectangle shape, and thats it.

But, there are flaws, aside from questionable artwork and too much space used for each entry, it also comes pre-configured to show only generic apps name instead of their real name, which is really annoying.

For example, Chrome is listed as "Internet Browser", and only once you hover it, "Chrome" fades with a very small font, as if this was a worthless information. There is an option to reverse this behavior (App name first, then it's generic name/function), but really, kde devs, make it default!

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