NOV
30
2008

Desktop Pattern reimplemented in Plasma

Those of you've been around desktop computers for a while know the calming effect of a simple desktop. One of the things I've missed is the ability to have a basic tiled pattern with user defined colours. So since I wanted to learn a bit more about Plasma wallpapers for another project, I rolled up my sleeves, had a look at the old kdesktop sources, and reimplemented it using the latest technologies. The result is in playground. Everything old is new again:

Watch out, panel. You're next.

Comments

How the heck did that upper panel become opaque, while the lower one is transparent?


By superstoned at Sun, 11/30/2008 - 19:14

Heh, good old X :)

I find the new KDE’s wallpaper alignment settings somewhat limiting compared to the KDE3 options. I wish we still had all; I found some of the more “obscure” ones quite useful a few times.


By ralesk at Sun, 11/30/2008 - 19:33

Oh yes, nice & simple patterns instead of the flashy colors the youngsters nowadays prefer.... but you use rattan as an example and speak of calming? I can't look at your example without wanting to get up & run around :)

Ah, in those long gone days before freedom, I probably used hours in Mac OS 7's desktop ornament editor to get that individual pattern expressing my own personality... sweet memories of wasted time.


By cassens at Sun, 11/30/2008 - 19:55

I agree with you, Rattan is horrible, but Xerox Star is so fine it just looks grey in the screenshots. I've been maintaining it as a little patch to KDE 3 since I started on this current retro jag after 3.5 froze, so I took this opportunity to sneak it in.


By Will Stephenson at Sun, 11/30/2008 - 21:16