On Thursday 22 October 2009 04:06:31 pm David Rosenstrauch wrote:
On 10/22/2009 04:56 PM, David C. Rankin wrote:
For those that haven't used the quicklaunch widget, you need to take a look.
I like the concept very much, but I think it's a poor implementation. Have a little bar like that a) takes too much space, b) looks very cluttered, and c) it's hard to click on those little icons.
I much prefer adding a folder view onto the taskbar (with the folder consisting of nothing but links to .desktop files) as the icons all hide away nicely when you're not using them:
Course, this used to work much better under KDE3:
I've got a bug filed to try to make KDE4 work the same way.
I have had knock-down drag out fights with the KDE4 devs over the loss of the ability to add a subtree of your menu to the kicker in KDE4. The only problem I have with folderview to desktop files is you have lost the ability to expand into subfolders. I have a folderview in my kicker, but honestly after using the little icons in quick launch for a while -- and having all 22 of my favorites without the need to open a menu -- it kind of grows on you after a while ;-).
We WILL get the subtree option back at some point in the future. Here is the relevant post from the suse list:
A big thanks to Will Stephenson for putting aside all the issues, shouldering the load, and doing the hard work of making kde4 better. Thanks.
Bug https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=189583 is a case-study in all that is wrong with the kde4 bug reporting/fixing process. It somewhat uncomfortably shows a number of the obstacles that each kde4 bug must overcome before it can be resolved. (None of which are related to source code editing, compilation or debugging)
For nearly a year the biggest hang-up this bug faced was the petty infighting by a few of the kde devs over whether to classify this missing kde4 feature as a "Wish" or a "Bug" --- please...
Will finally waded in, took the reins, and got the job done. I haven't had the time to test it yet, but regardless, getting anything with kde4 fixed has seemed more a fist-fight and been more painful than sticking bamboo under your fingernails. It is like a breath of fresh air to see progress being made. Thanks Will, Sven, Stephan, Dotan and the rest of the kde4 folks I can't even begin to recall, for you tireless effort. KDE4 is getting there.