Quickies: Nepomuk, Raptor, LProf, FOSDEM, Supporting Member

The KDE e.V. welcomes a new Supporting Member, OSN Online Social Network GmbH, a company based in Düsseldorf in Germany. Supporting Members help the community with financial support, their contribution is used for example for sponsoring developer meetings you often read about on the Dot. *** The Nepomuk KDE project that is creating the social semantic desktop on top of KDE has launched its new website. Go there for numerous tutorials integrating Nepomuk features like "who sent me this file?". *** The German Kubuntu team has an interview with Amarok release dude, Harald Sitter. *** The team developing the Raptor-menu has just launched their website. Raptor aims to deliver a new launch menu for KDE. *** We were sent an interview with Hal Engel of LProf the only open source ICC profiler, made in Qt. *** FOSDEM is Europe's biggest Free Software conference and will be held this weekend in Brussels. See the KDE and Cross Desktop rooms for exciting talks and say hi to us at Friday's beer event.

Dot Categories: 


by T. J. Brumfield (not verified)

There are many things I've suggested keeping me from using KDE 4.x every day, but Raptor looks good enough to single-handedly change my mind.

Keep up the fantastic work! I can't wait to use it!

by Mike (not verified)

I agree! Raptor is gorgeous!

Take that apple. Just kidding, it's not a competition. At any rate, Windows, including Vista has been left dead in the water for usability and looks anyways.

by Jeremy (not verified)

I agree, I can't wait to ditch the opensuse menu. I don't care what people say, I will never get used to it and I have gave it a shot.

by Max (not verified)

The opensuse menu is very Windows Vista like. Better than Vista, but not necessarily user friendly/faster. The classic menu as easier for seldom used tasks.

Raptor looks promising. A bit Mac-like, and that's a good thing these days.

by anon (not verified)

are you serious?

The opensuse menu looks nothing like windows vista, have you ever seen vista? I dual boot between opensuse and vista, and the menu's are so far apart, so completely don't look like each other that you must be joking

by Bobby (not verified)

I find the Vista Menu even prettier than Kickoff but Kickoff is more usable for me personally.
Raptor looks really nice, if it's usability is as good as it's looks then it will surly be a hit.

by Morty (not verified)

Then don't use it, and just use the classical menu insted. No reason to spam this forum with usless comments.

by Bobby (not verified)

I am fine with Kickoff but I just can't wait to test Raptor :)

by Sebastian (not verified)

The original (!) Opensuse Kickoff menu for KDE 3.5 is superb, it is the KDE4.0 implementation that is not ready (in terms of missing some important features). I like Kickoff3.5 though I use the classical menu in 4.0.

by Mike (not verified)

GO LINUX! GO KDE 4.1! GO AmaroK!

There are huge fanclubs of AmaroK, and KDE on facebook. Somebody should post links to the "." there.

Great to see progress. KDE and Qt are going to be great. I might finally be able to give up my Windows box. I could have my own independend "cloud" (see my other post. I could do my work completely platform independent on all devices I own. All running Linux + KDE. )

by Mark Kretschmann (not verified)

Thanks for praising Amarok.

Just one small correction: It's been called "Amarok", not "amaroK/AmaroK" since June 2006 ;)

by Mike (not verified)

K. duly noted. :)

by Mike (not verified)

"." = dot.kde

Raptor looks great.

I hope that's just a demo/screenshot. This wastes so much Screen real estate!!

Does everybody here have huge monitors? Or huge resolutions? Or is totally blind? (no offense to disabled people, I totally understand in their case) Normal people though should, either use glasses, or sit closer to the monitor.

I am typing this from a Sony laptop with a 10.4" screen, using just 1024x768. This taskbar + Raptor would use 1/3 of my total screen. (whole bottom 1/3 of my useful screen gone *grr*) Am I really the only one who is bothered by this?

And no - I don't want to put these on "autohide" that defeats the purpose of having a task bar in the first place. Then I could just use shortcut keys.

First off as I understand it, Raptor is another k-menu. So why not use all the real estate it needs. It's like saying Konqueror uses too much real estate since you're supposed to use the whole screen.

And even if you didn't misunderstand it, some folks do have dual monitors and plenty of screen real estate. We have needs too. :)

One of my machines is a dual 22" wide-screen setup. That doesn't mean I have to waste all that gained screen real estate.


I don't see a need for Konqueror to use the whole screen. As a matter of fact, I like it as small as possible. My FILES should use the screen real estate, not he program/window that houses them. I'm all for small icons, thin borders, minimalistic window decoration. Anybody notice how with Windows Vista everything got bigger? Borders, title bars, buttons, etc.? What was the need? This is not the car industry for crying out loud, where each new model is larger than the previous year. Even the damn MINI Cooper got larger with the newest version.

I got bigger screens to gain some EXTRA screen real estate, not for the programs to "bloat" it all away again. In the future I'll have a 60" screen, and still won't be able to display more information on it at a time than I do now. Why does it have to be this way?

I'm not even going to mention my 10.4" laptop screen, or an Asus EEEpc, or *gasp* my 7" CarPc screen, that runs at 800x600. <-- I wouldn't even be able to see ANYTHING BESIDES THE PANEL and a menu.

Am I really the only one who feels this way?

Windows 3.1 ran comfortably under 640x480 VGA resolution, Vista recommends as a MINIMUM 1280x1024. Does KDE/Linux have to head this way too? I thought it's all about choice? Please give users the CHOICE OVER HOW MUCH SCREEN REAL ESTATE HE/SHE WANTS TO ASSIGN (waste)!!!


You've got the choice, by not using it, there are other menus out there. At least it's a choice extra. Besides, it's a menu, something that takes screen estate from the moment you're not looking at anything else but the menu, so it doesn't really matter how much is covered by the menu when opened.

Should the people with big resolution be ignored by not using the options available, just because users with other panels can't use the option? They still have the older options (in my point of view the new "old menu" is one of the best menus out there, though this raptor thingie does look nice/way better than that opensuse mistake.

That's the part I'm confused about. The screenshots make it look like it's "always there" kind of like OS-X's quicklaunch at the bottom. Hence my confusion.

It's quite hard to show-of a menu when it's not opened ;-). But it's just like the kmenu now, just visible when you press the button.

That should not be the choice. KDE4 is supposed to be vector-based, fluid, and fully scalable. Besides, he's not saying he dislikes the app or would prefer effort wasted on a slighty different version of the same thing --- he's just saying he'd like it a bit smaller.

Thank you! That's exactly what I was saying.

I just want the ability to resize, that's all.

they'll probably have different interfaces for different form factors, so that generally size would fit available space. at least that is what I assume.

First of, Max, I totally agree with you in so many ways. And let's face it, all the current menu implementations use a lot of space screen (except possibly kmenu, but it's not the nicest).

I've got a fairly new eeePC, and it's a testiment to efficient use of screen real estate. It's 800x480, and I can do most of my tasks comfortably on it. Tomorrow, I plan to finally install kde4 on it, because I can remove the panel, and free up more space. Also, I hope to reimplement some of the really nice stuff that I'll miss, and plasma should be great for it. Also, krunner is awesome!

Now, plasma's panel has gui for customizing size (I think it's getting into 4.0.2), and most of the widgets/plasmoids/applets are fully resizeable, and hearing Aaron talk, you really get the sense that he understands there are different form factors. So, I hope someone will also make the launchers, and whatever else resizeable.

While I agree with your general plea not to waste screen realestate with useless decor, I don't think this applies to something like a start menu. If you are using the menu, your (only) task is to find and start the application you're after. I would actually prefer a FULL SCREEN start menu that nicely blends over my open desktop, so there is plenty of space to make a decent and logical presentation of my applications that allows me to find what I'm after quicky. No more menus with sub menus that are impossible to navigate with a mouse, let alone - heaven forbid! - scrollbars in the menu.
Why not use the full screen for that? It's not like you're doing something else while starting a new application, are you? And as soon as you found what you are looking for, the whole thing will disapear again anyway.

Again: I am totally with you if you're talking about normal applications that you have running side by side, but the start menu is not a normal application.

Agreed on the full screen start menu. I really don't understand the "I want to save the screen real estate, even while I'm not doing anything in it". The same sort of logic that says "the OS is using up all the memory!!!" like it should keep some sitting doing nothing just to make you feel comfortable.


Anyway, I'd love to see a full-screen menu system that does something smart. Searching for things we can assimilate a lot of information in our peripheral view, hiding the things we're looking for in hierarchies doesn't make a whole lot of sense. (note: I say /hiding/ not /putting/ although taggings better)

Cool down man. May I recommend some fukitol http://www.flickr.com/photos/woeful/390701224/sizes/o/

ooo That's great. :)

Robin Williams fan too?

I so agree... especially i couldn't quite understand who on earth defined the default size of the KDE-panel (assuming to that time it wouldn't be resizable until 4.1) to a freaking huge retarded nightmare of wasted screen estate!

It ONLY looks normal with resolutions 1600x1200 an higher ... wtF?!!? So many people i heard saying "well, KDE4 looks nice, but that insanely big panel..." - that much for the good first impression KDE4 was aiming for.

These are the little things where you ask yourself "What on earth where they thinking"?


Only reason I could see at the time was: "Looks great in screen-shots". Then I was really disappointed after i installed to see that it's the FINAL version. :(

"I am typing this from a Sony laptop with a 10.4" screen, using just 1024x768. This taskbar + Raptor would use 1/3 of my total screen. (whole bottom 1/3 of my useful screen gone *grr*) Am I really the only one who is bothered by this?"

Hey, its a 'menu', not a toolbar. It comes up only when you want to start application and that time you dont need to control your applications on screen. It's like with any menu, they always hides something but they are just a button and those are not on your way when you use your other applications ;-)

Currently menu-plasmoid is too big, even for 1280x800 screen but it's fixed on SVN version (4.0.2) so you get it smaller (atleast two rows for apps).
But it will get better when KDE 4.1 hits the road ;-)

I like that Rapotor menu, it's good to get menu what use space if it gives great usability. KickOff just 'sucks', it's great when user just use 'favorites' part but when user goes to "applications" or other tabs, old kmenu comes much faster and easier to use (and most new PC users even only need two click to open applications, first to open menu, then go menutree, no matter how deep, and second click to start application)
That's why i like old kmenu with 10-15 favorite-list on top of it so i get KickOff benefit but still have a faster applications menu. Only thing what i miss is search bar what makes Kickoff great because it is easy to find apps what you dont know. But if i relly wanna start applications fast, i forget all menus and i use alt+F2 what has drop-list and autocomplete so i can start all apps/address/etc very fast.

But i dont blame those who likes kickoff, kmenu or any other menu, most important thing is that there will come to be choises for everyone so we are not forced to use one menu as on MacOSX or Vista (yak).
That's why KDE is so great, it's all about choises!

I actually like GNOME's arrangement for panels, and that's how my KDE3 desktop is configured: on the top a panel with the menu, quicklaunch, a few applets and a systray. At the bottom, on a single line, the taskbar on another panel. And both panels are quite thin, as I run 1280x800. Can't wait for KDE4.0.2 so I can resize the panel. Actually, I can't wait for Kubuntu to fix KDE4 which has been broken and unable to boot since an update 3 days ago lol

* Is it possible to have more than one panel in KDE4?
* Is there any quicklaunch plasmoid going on?
* Is there any panel plasmoid that has the effect of showing the dashboard, or perhaps any way to put a button there that does CRTL+F12?

"* Is it possible to have more than one panel in KDE4?"

It was possible in 4.0.0, IIRC - it's just that no GUI config had been written for it.

"* Is there any quicklaunch plasmoid going on?"

What is "quicklaunch", precisely?

"* Is there any panel plasmoid that has the effect of showing the dashboard, or perhaps any way to put a button there that does CRTL+F12?"

The Show Desktop Plasmoid does something similar, but may not be 100% the same.

*What is "quicklaunch" precisely*
Perhaps a "panel" in the panel with icons to launch a program.

I have been thinking about such a thing to incorporate it with a "favorites" kind of thingie (and some other stuff as well), but the idea is still growing, gonna dig into plasma api's and hopefully the raptor guys make their favorites document accessible by other applets, would be nice.

by Luca Beltrame (not verified)

You can just put icons in the panel by dragging them from Kickoff IIRC. You can't move them, though (not yet at least).

by Luca Beltrame (not verified)

Correcting myself: by right-clicking and selecting "Add to Panel". Unsure if it's a distro-specific tweak (I use Kubuntu) or not.

If you're talking about KDE3, no: it's in stock KDE3 (I use Gentoo, so no distribution specific tweaks), but if you're talking about KDE4, then it's Kubuntu specific (I never saw it and I've seen Kubuntu KDE4 before).

by Joergen Ramskov (not verified)

Raptor looks quite interesting - how far along are the development? Is the plan to have something ready for KDE 4.1? Sooner? Later?

by T. J. Brumfield (not verified)

Last I heard they were aiming for KDE 4.1 but the website had download and build instructions to use it today, so it is likely semi-usable currently.

by Max (not verified)


Hopefully someone will come sort of guide. Or guide video. Newbies will be royally confused. What are we at 3 application launchers now?

Kickoff - opensuse style

I like the choices, but we'll really need a tutorial/guide of some sort for newbies to even KNOW these features exist.

I smell another Aaron Keynote!! :)


Hopefully someone will come sort of guide. Or guide video. Newbies will be royally confused. What are we at 3 application launchers now?

Kickoff - opensuse style

I like the choices, but we'll really need a tutorial/guide of some sort for newbies to even KNOW these features exist.

I smell another Aaron Keynote!! :)

by Heller (not verified)

Am I the only one who still use Kicker in KDE4 ? :)

Aniway, Raptor looks nice, that's sure !

by Andre (not verified)

On saturday the Belgium company imatix (remember xitami?) will give another beer party for Fosdem participants and Brussels geeks.



Brussels, Saturday 23 February from 9pm (21h).
What, exactly?

A party held at the iMatix HotSpot, a warehouse on the wrong side of town that's been the scene of many heavy parties over the years. We invite all FOSDEM attendees to come and enjoy. The program includes live West African music and a great lineup of DJs. Belgian beer, snacks, and other drinks, compliments of iMatix. We love free software, and we love free beer!
Where is it?

Rue des Ateliers 13-15, 1080 Brussels, near metros Yzer and Comte de Flandres.

by noob (not verified)

Nepomuk is beeing advertised somehow as revolutionary. Can somebody explain to me in which way is it better than the years old Mac-Spotlight?

by Anon (not verified)

"Nepomuk is beeing advertised somehow as revolutionary."

Most KDE things have been, of late. I think for years the KDE guys were too silent about their achievements and content to stay out of the spotlight (no pun intended ;)) but nowadays they've swung too far in the other direction and hype everything to death, which inevitably leads to disappointment and subsequent backlashes. Hopefully they'll find a happy medium at some point in the future.

by Jim (not verified)

> they've swung too far in the other direction and hype everything to death

I think setting up a website to promote a *menu* falls under this description. Guys, the enthusiasm is great, but Raptor doesn't need its own website.

by adrian (not verified)

wtf, I'm finishing right now with the website for the clock applet/plasmoid!

by Max (not verified)

Cool!! =)

Can we have a separate newsletter for it? :)

by Max (not verified)

couldn't they all be links of ONE (1) major KDE site?

Why do we have to hunt and peck all over the internet to read about all the features?

Nothing wrong with overhyping. JUST PLEASE, PLEASE, DON'T UNDERDELIVER!!!

by jospoortvliet (not verified)

spotlight is like strigi, it just does full-text indexing. Nepomuk does more than that - it extracts and indexes RELATIONSHIPS between files. Spotlight doesn't tell you where a file came from - Nepomuk can.