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Posted Nov 10, 2011 20:52 UTC (Thu) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
Posted Nov 10, 2011 21:00 UTC (Thu) by ean5533 (subscriber, #69480)
Posted Nov 10, 2011 21:24 UTC (Thu) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
So I'm supposed to check through a list of about 20 applications to check which one has grabbed the shortcut. Very semanticly desktopy.
Oh, and several shortcuts are not listed there. For example, clipboard daemon grabs ctrl-shift-ins shortcut (which I already use extensively in JetBrains IDEA) and it can't be configured anywhere.
Then there's my taskbar: https://picasaweb.google.com/101124040654278670402/Bugs#5... There are several bugs there - window captions are squashed and incorrectly positioned (taskbar works fine for the first several windows and then starts to behave incorrectly).
Then there's an icon telling me that I have pending updates. Except I don't - I update my system using "apt-get dist-upgrade" and KDE doesn't understand it.
Then there's a problem with shortcuts - I can't change their icons. So shortcuts for bash scripts on the taskbar all look the same.
Then there's a bug with taskbar positioning - I put it on the top of the screen and KDE stubbornly places it in the CENTER of the screen during the startup so I have to drag it back to the top each time I reboot my computer.
...and so on and so on....
KDE just isn't polished. And why would it need to be polished? After all, only its developers use it to fiddle with all the semanticy thingies.
My taskbar doesn't work correctly, but I can share it on the network so other users can access it remotely.
Posted Nov 11, 2011 10:41 UTC (Fri) by BlueLightning (subscriber, #38978)
Thanks for replying with some concrete issues - could have done without the additional snarky comments however.
That's not a global shortcut, it's just defined locally for any KDE application that can paste. However, you can go to "Standard Keyboard Shortcuts" and disable it there, and it will apply to all KDE applications. I've just tried several non-KDE applications with this setting changed, and none that didn't grab Ctrl+Shift+Ins themselves did anything. So I'm not sure what's going on on your system, could be a bug.
This is a distro-supplied utility, AFAIK it is not part of KDE. Besides, if you don't want the notification, disable it (for Apper you just right click, configure, set "check for updates" to "never").
So you list some legitimate issues here, but no crashes or anything else that would fall into the "flaky" category. The taskbar one appears somewhat obvious though, and I've seen that here once (although now that I try to reproduce it on 4.7.2 I can't seem to do so, perhaps that's why no developer has fixed it yet...).
Posted Nov 11, 2011 16:51 UTC (Fri) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
Nope. It's intercepted by clipboard app to show the clipboard ring. I can trigger it from IDEA which is decidedly NOT a KDE application.
>So you list some legitimate issues here, but no crashes or anything else that would fall into the "flaky" category.
Well, with that attitude my software is perfect. After all, it doesn't crash. Oh, and when it crashes it doesn't take out the whole building. So that's OK.
>The taskbar one appears somewhat obvious though, and I've seen that here once (although now that I try to reproduce it on 4.7.2 I can't seem to do so, perhaps that's why no developer has fixed it yet...).
And that proves my point.
Posted Nov 11, 2011 17:45 UTC (Fri) by BlueLightning (subscriber, #38978)
What do you mean clipboard ring? If you mean Klipper, just close it, that will determine if that's the source of the problem. It does not behave that way on my system, FWIW.
I didn't say it's OK that these issues exist and I definitely didn't say it's perfect. You said "flaky and unusable", I took issue with that description.
No, it does not.
Posted Nov 12, 2011 18:53 UTC (Sat) by pboddie (subscriber, #50784)
What do you mean clipboard ring? If you mean Klipper, just close it, that will determine if that's the source of the problem.
In the interest of balanced criticism here, it should be noted that Klipper was awful in KDE 3 as well. It was one of the first things I removed from the taskbar after having popped up for the tenth time wanting to open on my behalf some URL or other I was merely copying.
Posted Nov 11, 2011 10:57 UTC (Fri) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
given that citrix is a closed source app, I haven't tried to generate a bug report on this. If you can trigger the problem with some other app, I would be very interested in finding what it is to have some chance of tracking it down.
If what you are seeing is similar to the problem I am having, there is probably one app you are running that adds itself to the taskbar (either when it starts or when it pops up a new window) and that spot doesn't get freed up when the application/window closes. can you identify what app is triggering this?
as for changing icons. if you right click on the shortcut and go to 'edit launcher', in the window that comes up, click on the icon and it will pop up a new window to let you select a different option (I assume that by shortcut you are taking about an icon on the taskbar here)
with your task bar positioning, my guess is that somehow you are not ever getting the change saved after you reposition it. next time you reboot your system, try logging in, making your changes, and then log out and log back in. I've found that sometimes the desktop changes don't get saved until you actually logout, so if you reboot the machine without going through an official 'logout' it doesn't save some things.
Posted Nov 11, 2011 16:48 UTC (Fri) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
>as for changing icons. if you right click on the shortcut and go to 'edit launcher', in the window that comes up, click on the icon and it will pop up a new window to let you select a different option (I assume that by shortcut you are taking about an icon on the taskbar here)
Well, there's no such option for me. I can change icon for the file type, but of course it changes it for _all_ bash scripts.
>with your task bar positioning, my guess is that somehow you are not ever getting the change saved after you reposition it. next time you reboot your system, try logging in, making your changes, and then log out and log back in.
Does not work and it would still be a bug in any case.
Posted Nov 13, 2011 20:56 UTC (Sun) by rqosa (subscriber, #24136)
> with your task bar positioning, my guess is that somehow you are not ever getting the change saved after you reposition it.
I had a problem like that once, where I added an icon to the panel, but after restarting the desktop, it was gone. IIRC, the cause of the problem turned out to be that while quitting the desktop, some process would crash rather than exit normally; whereas if I had compositing turned off (Alt+Shift+F12) when quitting the desktop, the crash wouldn't happen (and the settings would be saved correctly). So, it's possible that the bug here was actually in the i915 video driver and/or Mesa.
(Incidentally, I've noticed a different bug with the panel: with the panel in pop-up mode and positioned at the bottom of the screen, the area where you need to put the mouse pointer to make the panel pop up will initially be near the top of the screen instead of along the bottom edge; but when you pop up the panel for the first time after starting the desktop session, the activation area moves to its correct location.)
Posted Nov 10, 2011 21:23 UTC (Thu) by alecs1 (guest, #46699)
I see your point with the shortcuts, the SystemSettings application does not show all global keyboard shortcuts, only the ones of KDE4 applications (I know my old Amarok has reserved some, but they don't show up there). So yes, I don't know any way of finding a global shortcut; was there one in KDE3?
I don't know about buggy taskbar and screensaver, but please report bugs. For the global shortcuts I'll put a bug myself (but unfortunately I wouldn't know how to also make the fix).
Posted Nov 10, 2011 23:47 UTC (Thu) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
Here are other examples of braindeadness in KDE4: http://lwn.net/Articles/466857/ And that's just in KDE desktop. I have scores more of examples in other applications (like Amarok) or Krita.
It seems that KDE developers have actually given up on doing anything useful. From my point of view, many man-years were spent on intrusive technology that actually has no positive impact while other 'boring' parts of the system were being neglected.
We still don't have a single 'killer case' for the whole Semantic Desktop initiative. Right now it just provides file search functionality and eats quite a bit of RAM.
Posted Nov 11, 2011 5:26 UTC (Fri) by boudewijn (subscriber, #14185)
Posted Nov 12, 2011 6:48 UTC (Sat) by boudewijn (subscriber, #14185)
Posted Nov 13, 2011 7:01 UTC (Sun) by boudewijn (subscriber, #14185)
In the meantime, yes, I know that we've got about a hundred known bugs, which we are trying to fix. But I also know that professional artists use Krita to earn their living with.
Posted Nov 11, 2011 22:41 UTC (Fri) by alecs1 (guest, #46699)
Posted Dec 4, 2011 19:56 UTC (Sun) by oak (subscriber, #2786)
I boot & shutdown the computer daily. Shutting down the machine from the KDE4 menu works like this:
1. click K-menu button
2. move mouse a large distance to right + a bit up
3. move mouse up to select Shutdown
3b) If mouse went a bit left, over Recents icon, restart from 2)
3c) if mouse went a bit right, out of menu, restart from 1)
5. Move mouse to the center of screen and click Shutdown
(or wait the countdown)
6. Cancel redundant KWallet popup that never came on front
Bug 6) is hopefully fixed in newer KDE4 releases. The cases 3b) and 3c) are really annoying. If I click to get K-menu open, why the heck it closes without a click?
Secondly, I have *a lot* of applications installed that I use rarely. So I don't remember what are their names (so that I could just type their name) or in which submenu they are.
Instead of just moving mouse over the submenus like I could do in KDE3, now I need to click open each of the submenus and their submenus, and then click back buttons to get back. This is really tedious. Several dozens of clicks to launch some rare app instead of just moving mouse a bit and doing a single click. A real design win.
While "lots of apps" is probably a corner case, for many people shutting down the computer isn't.
Btw. Note that from keyboard the shutdown works OKish, one can use Ctrl-Alt-Del and arrow keys. The dialog coming up with that just looks crap, icons are half outside the buttons and clipped by dialog borders (this may be affected by the dialog layout being buggy in regards to sizing caused by localization).
If many of the KDE apps weren't so nice, I would use XFCE, maybe even without compositing to get a bit more speed. :-)
Posted Dec 4, 2011 20:00 UTC (Sun) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
this option made me much happier when I noticed it.
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