Quickies: SuperKaramba Theme Archive, Unified Desktop, Skype, RULE Mini KDE

Did you create a beautiful-looking SuperKaramba theme? Well get your gem listed in the SuperKaramba Theme Archive. SuperKaramba can be downloaded from the usual website. *** Unifying your desktop seems like a hot topic these days. At KDE-look.org you can find an article
about how you can achieve that cool Plastik look on all of your applications. *** There is even a project called MetaTheme which is dedicated to unification of appearance between different graphics toolkits, such as GTK and Qt. *** Well they said they would do it and they delivered. Skype released
their first beta version of Skype for Linux based on the Qt toolkit which makes this baby blend in
to your KDE desktop. *** I noticed this project called Rule with the goal of making
Free Software run on older hardware. The RULE Mini KDE page shows how to do this with KDE and they even explain
how you could configure a minimal Qt library that still supports KDE 3.2.


Is superkaramba used for anything else than to have kicker replacement and systems/weather monitors?
The guys behind skype are the kazaa ones. So does that mean also spywares under linux?

By hmmm at Tue, 2004/06/29 - 5:00am

Short answers:

1: SuperKaramba is used for drawing stuff directly on your desktop (hence why it has alpha and stuff)

2: No

By Dan Leinir Turt... at Tue, 2004/06/29 - 5:00am

Yea, I don't know why they would want to advertise their KaZaA affiliation so much. Spyware (or various sorts of malware at least) is the first thing that pops to mind when I read 'KaZaA.' And its not clear on their webpage how Skype is making money, though I might have missed it.

By Ian Monroe at Tue, 2004/06/29 - 5:00am

Ther recently started a beta of "SkypeOut" ( regular phone calls through Skype ) so that could be the main source of income they're targeting.

By Lukasz Lis at Wed, 2004/06/30 - 5:00am

Thank you for this new Kwickie :-) and for "using asterisks now"...

By MM at Tue, 2004/06/29 - 5:00am

It would be better if you simply used paragraph breaks. They've been established for thousands of years, and make things much more readable.

By Jim at Thu, 2004/07/01 - 5:00am

Actually, no they haven't.

By Roberto Alsina at Thu, 2004/07/01 - 5:00am

... but they do ;-)

By Spy Hunter at Fri, 2004/07/02 - 5:00am

Sorry, you are a little unclear. Are you saying that paragraph breaks have not been around for thousands of years? They have. For instance, ancient Hebrew has gaps between stumos.

By Jim at Sat, 2004/07/03 - 5:00am

Well but "around" != "established"...

By George at Tue, 2004/07/27 - 5:00am

in superkaramba?

Just wondering what people's opinions are...

By red at Tue, 2004/06/29 - 5:00am

The fact that Skype chose QT seems significant to me. So many other applications being made for multiple platforms (mozilla, realplayer, oO, Acrobat reader,...) seem to have chosen something else. Qt seems to be very effective but in my experience it had not attracted many from outside the KDE clan. I think this is great news.

By simon at Wed, 2004/06/30 - 5:00am

Adobe Photoshop Album:

Now I reckon that's only one application, but it's from a major software vendor !


By rom1 at Wed, 2004/06/30 - 5:00am

and ..

- Opera [www.opera.com]
- MainActor 5 [www.mainconcept.com]
- Julius [www.julius.caesar.de]
- Jahshaka [www.jahshaka.com]
- KD Executor  [www.klaralvdalens-datakonsult.se]
- KNUT [www.klaralvdalens-datakonsult.se]
- Klarälvdalens Datakonsult AB's Emacs Additions
- OpenFMG [http://www.openmfg.com]
- Parity [www.parity-soft.de]
- ATI Configuration Tool
- Eagle by CadSoft

... see Trolltech's Success Stories for more.

By Fabrice Mous at Wed, 2004/06/30 - 5:00am

I can imagine that many users of the commericial QT licence are not telling you that they use Qt...

why? (i hear you asking)

Cauz in certain cases it can be considered as a business secret.

Thanks fab for the update!

By cies at Wed, 2004/06/30 - 5:00am

Thanx cies

Have fun :)


By AotM Team at Sat, 2004/07/03 - 5:00am

thanks for this news update - that's the kind of news that makes me come back to the dot every day =)

By chris at Thu, 2004/07/01 - 5:00am

gtk-qt theme engine is the best GTK+ theme enginge I have seen, ever - because it uses QT to draw it's widgets!

So you can choose your favorite KDE theme and all GTK/Gnome apps will look like them, too!

It is still beta but usable. give it a try:




By Felix at Thu, 2004/07/01 - 5:00am

It's beta? When will it be part of KDE? KDE 3.3?

By hein at Thu, 2004/07/01 - 5:00am

For me it is quite stable right now. I use it for daily work.

I am not the author of gtk-qt so I don't know if it will be integrated into KDE. But I think it's hardly possible because it is a GTK/Gnome theme engine.

I hope that the Makers of Linux distributions will include it in future versions.

By Felix at Thu, 2004/07/01 - 5:00am

What else can we use to make free calls using linux?
Also, is there anything opensource?

By John Phone-Talk... at Thu, 2004/07/01 - 5:00am

... Teamspeak, but it's not a P2P program like Skype more client/server based


I think it's also based on QT

By Phil at Thu, 2004/07/01 - 5:00am

gnomemeeting! it's around for some time. supports all kinds of protocolls and is not audio only, but supports video, too!

By Tobias Marx at Sun, 2004/07/04 - 5:00am