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Lost in KDE

Posted 05-08-2010 at 03:29 AM by AGer

I am a Slackware current user. I prefer XFCE, but whenever there is a KDE update I visit KDE. Normally, thanks to the nature of glitches I run over, I do not stay long; this time I just looked at where the notification icons appear.

That is called System Tray, but in order to verify the name I had to go to Add Widgets in Panel Options. That displays a band with widgets and scrolling buttons on each end of it. If I move the mouse directly to the triangle in a scrolling button, it is highlighted in a way that I cannot call visually appealing but can understand. I can also move the mouse to the triangle from aside so that the button gets a boundary first. The boundary clearly indicates that the button is selected. When the triangle is finally highlighted the resulting image is not only ugly but confusing - a button inside another button? what should it be?. How a triangle can be highlighted in a button that is not selected is another but less annoying problem.

The System Tray informed me that I am switching to virtuosobackend and that my USB audio was off but I managed to turn it on lately. Nice, even though I failed to navigate the notifications GUI smoothly; this may be just the lack of practice. However, while getting messages I noticed that after I open the stack panel with messages the notification icon still provides a pop-up informing me that it is a notification icon and covering the actual notifications. Is it joking?

Recent notifications unconditionally disappear with time. I consider it to be a major lack of functionality, but I can easily forgive that with "not implemented yet". However, I have got a notification of a remarkably short duration that, if I managed to read it correctly, informed me that now I have only 1 recent notification and the other 3 I used to have are gone. Why do I need that especially when I can do nothing about it?

I have 4 icons in the system tray: Klipper, Volume, Strigi, Notifications, not counting the hidden KOrganizer. On mouse rollover, the latter 3 provide nice big pop-ups. Klipper provides a small pop-up or hint reading "nepomuk". Soooooo????

All this stuff does not look like a packaging, that is Slackware related, thing to me. So, what can I do?

A. Nothing. KDE people may like it that way. Yes, this is in sharp contrast with the quality level of the rest of Slackware, but nothing can be done to it.

B. Cry loud that Slackware should get rid of the KDE shame. Unfortunately, I still like KDE better than GNOME and not having either is another kind of shame and KDE has nice apps like KStars and Kiten and Kigo is promising to grow up as beautiful as KMahjongg.

C. Send bug reports to KDE. Unfortunately, it is psychologically challenging to report immediately obvious things.

D. Claim these are Slackware bugs so that Patrick uses his authority to influence the KDE team. Unfortunately, I believe he has other things to do and I can live without "Slackware Annals of KDE Educating Quarterly".

No option is good, I feel lost in KDE.
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