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I recently received a Connonal DVD in the mail for Kubuntu 8.10. I installed it on a desktop and then on my notebook. All went well except for the 300+ MB's of updates. I have one problem (out of many-as a new user) that being "Plasmoid". I cannot find any documentation on what it is? how to use it? or even how to get rid of it ? I have a "Welcome to the Notes Plasmoid! Type your notes here ..." yellow window on my desktop.
Google searches, kde searches, linux searches can be overwelming during/after a tour of plasma-physics, plasma-chemistry, and the plasma-universe.
Can someone point me in the correct direction. Some programmers built this thing, it may be useful, but for me it's just ?????.
Thanks for any serious help or constructive comments, direction. Paul
KDE Plasmoid -- What it it ?
Before discussing Plasmoids, it is best to understand Plasma--what KDE now calls the desktop shell and workspace. It has the same functionality as before, plus has new capabilities. Traditionally, the desktop is divided into the task bar, a background image, shortcuts, etc.--each of which acted as a container for other things or was used directly. In Plasma, these components are called Plasmoids and can replace applets or higher level items like the task bar on the desktop and have increased functionality. As a simple example, applets used to be restricted to functioning from their location on the task bar, but with Plasma they can now be dragged off of the task bar and have their own "windows" and functionality on the desktop.
OK.........maybe I understand what plasma is: a programmable box of loose plasmoids (functions). I don't see any advantage. Actually a problem, i.e. I clicked on the red "X" for close on two but now I'm missing two plasmoids: 1. the yellow note taker plasmod and 2. a plasmoid that held my desktop with a firefox plasmoid, a tar file, and I forget the third one.
How do I get them back ??
I'm not so sure I like this plasma thing but I'm trying to see an advantage.
BTW thanks for the quick reply. I'm not used to that :>)
Ok, I did a quick check and unless I missed your point, I think the solution is easy. For example, I used the menu system to navigate to Kjots (my guess regarding the note taker you mentioned) via Kickoff --> Applications (tab) --> Utilities --> Note Taker. I then right clicked on it and selected "Add to Desktop." It put a Kjots plasmoid on the desktop. I hope that helps.
I didn't find Kjots but did find some info on Knotes and knotes was the yellow (default color) window I lost. So I put it back but I'm not sure as a plasmoid.
Knotes as part of Kde Kontact and Kdepim.
The Notes component is provided by KNotes. For a more visual overview of the functionality you should check-out this screenshot! ...
located at bottom of left hand column under "News".
Plasma is KDE's new desktop shell which provides new tools to start applications, presents the main KDE user interface, and offers new ways of interacting with your desktop.
Plasma's dashboard view replaces the old "Show Desktop" feature. Enabling the dashboard hides all windows and puts the widgets in front of them. Press CONTROL+F12 to show the dashboard view, for a quick glance at your plasmoids, read the desktop notes, check for new RSS feeds, have a look at the current weather situation, all that can be done with Plasma.
KRunner lets you quickly start applications. Press ALT+F2 to show the KRunner dialog. You can then start typing. While typing, KRunner shows options that match what you type:
xxxxx.... KRunner finds, also acts as, ....
KickOff is ....
Plasma Panel holds ....
KWin lets you ....
Desktop Grid with CONTROL+F8.