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  • KDE Plasma Improvements For NetworkManager

    Phoronix: KDE Plasma Improvements For NetworkManager

    Networking support within the KDE Plasma desktop environment will soon be improved thanks to some major work within its NetworkManager applet...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTMzNzE

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    I have no problems with the current applet but it's not written in QML and therefore has to be rewritten anyway to work with libplasma2 in the future – just as every other Plasma applet.
    Devoting an entire article to a single applet seems a bit overambitious by Michael but whatever. Hopefully he'll also devote an entire article once the clock widget has been rewritten.

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    • #3
      Why is KDE so ugly? What world do kde designers live in?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by newwen View Post
        Why is KDE so ugly? What world do kde designers live in?
        Thats not stock KDE..thats a heavily modified, minimal KDE running with a crappy theme. It literally took my a second to realize what he had done to achieve that, and I use KDE every day.

        Thats actually like..painfully ugly in the video (not the applet. The minimalism of the applet is fine. But his specific desktop is fugly >.>)

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        • #5
          I am glad to see that the applet no longer wastes ridiculous amounts of space. Now if they would do something similar with the kickoff menu and the calendar I could almost use KDE again.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Maxjen View Post
            I am glad to see that the applet no longer wastes ridiculous amounts of space. Now if they would do something similar with the kickoff menu and the calendar I could almost use KDE again.
            Kickoff is being rewritten in QML, along with all other applets. I'm praying for Nepomuk integration into the menu, like Lancelot and ROSA have.

            Calendar...no idea, Dont use it lol.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Maxjen View Post
              I am glad to see that the applet no longer wastes ridiculous amounts of space. Now if they would do something similar with the kickoff menu and the calendar I could almost use KDE again.
              Well, I never had any issues with that, as there are widescreen monitors everywhere. Having it more compact is nice, but it may be a bit too compact for its own good now...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
                Well, I never had any issues with that, as there are widescreen monitors everywhere. Having it more compact is nice, but it may be a bit too compact for its own good now...
                I think this is better. Yes, getting rid of important stuff is bad. But half the old widget was dedicated to two checkboxes and buttons for disconnecting interfaces. The former is now below the widget, and the latter is now integrated into the connections themselves. So in this particular case I don't think we are losing anything that important.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Maxjen View Post
                  Now if they would do something similar with the kickoff menu and the calendar I could almost use KDE again.
                  Yeah, because simply switching the K Menu to something else (eg. the Classic layout) is waaaaaayyyy to complicated…
                  And the Calendar is resizeable.

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                  • #10
                    Well, this is good.
                    I really don't like the current NM plasmoid - it's huge, clunky and nonintuitive. The new one looks much cleaner and simpler, especially the sliding bit at the bottom.

                    In my experience with them so far, the QML plasmoid rewrites have either been horribly broken or really awesome; hopefully this one will be the latter

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Maxjen View Post
                      I am glad to see that the applet no longer wastes ridiculous amounts of space. Now if they would do something similar with the kickoff menu and the calendar I could almost use KDE again.
                      I agree that the current network applet uses a lot of space, but it doesn't really matter since it's shown only when you click on it--it's not like a window with lots of wasted white space sitting there all the time. (Same applies to kickoff.) As for the clock, I couldn't see how it could make better use of space unless you wanted to abolish the right-side event listing. That is super convenient to many though, including myself, since it pulls in all my calendar events from KOrganizer--just hover over the day and it tells you what events take place then.

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                      • #12
                        Totally confused right now. To me the Network Manager Applet was one of the better designed (if not the best designed) applets on KDE. I love it and even the mac loving folks like it....

                        It might be quite big, but on a screen with a resolution of 1920x1080 the applet does not take much space.

                        The new applet looks quite crappy, almost like a cheap windows clone.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Wattos View Post
                          Totally confused right now. To me the Network Manager Applet was one of the better designed (if not the best designed) applets on KDE. I love it and even the mac loving folks like it....

                          It might be quite big, but on a screen with a resolution of 1920x1080 the applet does not take much space.

                          The new applet looks quite crappy, almost like a cheap windows clone.
                          Well the nice part about QML is a clean seperation between GUI and logic, so if you hate that applet its actually very trivial to write a new one haha

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                          • #14
                            I keep meaning to send in a question to Aaron Seigo about the poor state of KDE support for sideways orientated panels. All KDE panel entry icons should respect an upper size limit (centring in a rectangular space like Windows 7) and the system tray icons are still **way** too big (24px minimum) for lower res screens... That bit of code actually **needs** work!!

                            Who cares about the NM applet - currently it works fine and supports lots of neat extras (like the graphing stuff). The move to qml is pushed by the architecture change of Qt5 and a general move to a lighter weight/mobility friendly DM.

                            Will Klipper be covered next on Phoronix? Will it be the KOrganizer Reminder Deamon??!! I wait with baited breath!!
                            This sort of coverage can be interesting on a personal (KDE-biased) videocast - like Aaron Seigo's - not so much on a site covering the **whole** Linux "Ecosystem"... Why cover it here???

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by bobwya View Post
                              I keep meaning to send in a question to Aaron Seigo about the poor state of KDE support for sideways orientated panels. All KDE panel entry icons should respect an upper size limit (centring in a rectangular space like Windows 7) and the system tray icons are still **way** too big (24px minimum) for lower res screens... That bit of code actually **needs** work!!

                              Who cares about the NM applet - currently it works fine and supports lots of neat extras (like the graphing stuff). The move to qml is pushed by the architecture change of Qt5 and a general move to a lighter weight/mobility friendly DM.

                              Will Klipper be covered next on Phoronix? Will it be the KOrganizer Reminder Deamon??!! I wait with baited breath!!
                              This sort of coverage can be interesting on a personal (KDE-biased) videocast - like Aaron Seigo's - not so much on a site covering the **whole** Linux "Ecosystem"... Why cover it here???
                              Because the push to QML applets is all about the work going on for KDE Software Compilation 5. Which effects the whole linux ecosystem

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