It seems many users have not been overly thrilled with the way the task
bars are arranged in the KDE 2 desktop. As is typical, the KDE developers have quickly responded.
Matthias Elter wrote
in to tell us he has made some nice modifications. Details -- and
screenshots -- below.
I have implemented the kicker extension framework I've been talking about.
It comes with two demo extensions, an external taskbar and a child panel
Similar to panel applets you can add a panel extension from the panel's
RMB menu with "Add->Extension->Something".
The external taskbar is a simple external taskbar as requested by many
people. I'm going to improve the vertical mode to make it use only as
much space as required.
The child panels are ... child panels. Add as many as you need. Adding a child panel with a taskbar applet
is a second way to get an external taskbar for example. I'm going
to improve them to work in a "corner-only" mode where they wont use the
full width respective height. See
the screenshots for a child panel to the top right, a child panel above,
and a child panel on the top.
Panel extensions similar to panel applets can be run internal (shared libs)
or via a proxy process. The child panel extension is an exception to this
rule, it works internal only.
This is work in progress but stable enought o be used for daily work and
for Mosfet's kasbar to be ported to.