My space in the world

Code is poetry

Posted by Sayak
December - 5 - 2008

After reading this announcement, I decided to upgrade to 4.2 beta 1. Though I had been using nightly, but somebody advised me to go for the beta. Naturally, beta has all goodies of nightly (neon), but polished.
After the 135MB upgrade, here are a few basic observations.

Integration of Battery monitor with powerdevil

Lancelot comes by default

This is a great addition to the default widgets.

Systray icons look clean

System tray icons look good with no overlapping.

The zoom slider and better thumbnails

Dolphin shows good looking thumbnails with drop shadows, which can be viewed at a range of zoom levels using the zoom slider.

Previews in the folder view widget

Folder view now also allows selecting individual files with Ctrl + click. Very useful update.

“Examining” and “Transferring” notifications

I fail to understand the purpose of this notification daemon. I open an album in gwenview and keep pressing “Next” and it manages to drive me crazy 🙂

Tooltips for plasma

KDE 4.2 has tooltips for plasma. What more, it that when you hover upon another plasma while a tooltip is displayed, the tooltip will gradually move towards the new plasma you are pointing to.
Additionally, you can rotate a plasma widget..

Overall, it’s a great package. Cheers to KDE developers!

6 Responses to “KDE 4.2: A few points”

  1. Dread Knight says:

    I might be confused, but Neon never really gets stuff for me… not sure what’s the issue…

    Anyway, upgraded to 4.2 recently and it looks very good.

    Have a bug at time and desktop pretty much is replaced with a gnome desktop… friking weird.. oh well…

  2. Dread Knight says:

    argh… seems i had to install kde-nightly and log into it’s session… heh

  3. Sayak says:

    A Gnome desktop oO
    I too had some dependency issues during install, but got them resolved. Happy since then 🙂

  4. serme says:

    KDE 4.2 is great. I have occasional plasma crashes but thats okay!

  5. Tabris says:

    Can I ask wich video card do you have?

  6. Sayak says:

    An old Intel GMA900/915GM onboard (old laptop)

Leave a Reply

About Me

A son, brother and friend. Enjoys scripting and making small bits of apps here and there. Wants to conquer the world (well, who doesnt). A geek who has an obsession for ponies. Loves acoustic and wants to play guitar sitting on the Hollywood hill one day!

A Word About KDE

KDE is a versatile software compilation for all platforms. It is an intuitive and powerful desktop environment that focuses on finding innovative solutions to old and new problems, and creating a vibrant, open atmosphere for experimentation.