Saturday thoughts

I'm drinking my Saturday morning tea and looking back on a pretty crappy week. I was burning the candle at both ends to get various enterprise stuff finished in time, and didn't have enough energy to really enjoy FOSDEM. Here are the openSUSE devroom slides from FOSDEM 2009.

Looking forward, I've been tidying up my computers, installing openSUSE Factory (the alpha0 edition before anyone knows when 11.2 will really be done, and before everyone starts breaking things in earnest), deleting dozens of Build Service checkouts that were finished or forgotten about, and purging my unorganised piles into nice clean GTD lists. That's giving me some peace of mind to think about what to do for KDE on openSUSE 11.2. We'll be having an IRC meeting next Wednesday (1700UTC) to coordinate the team's efforts, but I'm starting to think about things I could do myself. Things like a return for KPersonalizer, a KControl-like treeview for System Settings, or helping tame the Plasma Activities/Zooming UI system into something usable. That and of course completing Network Management (oh, did I let slip the name we chose?). If anyone is already working in those areas, please let me know.

EDIT: Oh and I should point out that openFATE is of course open for business and waiting to receive your ideas. Find out how to use openFATE here.


Two developers started working on a KDE4 version of KControl after a discussion about the need for that on KDE forum: http://forum.kde.org/kcontrol-port-t-29091.html

By krake at Sat, 02/14/2009 - 11:54

PLEASE do not bring back the tree control a la KControl. The reason why the tree view/control was favored was because it makes it easier to bounce in and out of the poor organization, not because it is a superior control. We need to improve the organization, labeling, and navigation controls of the current System Settings instead. If users made fewer mistakes trying to find items in System Settings, they wouldn't feel like they need a navigation control which supports them making mistakes.

By seele at Sat, 02/14/2009 - 16:12

I agree that System Settings should be improved first for new KDE 4 users, and as the default, but my intent in reimplementing the tree is to please people who know the tree already and actively want it back.

By Will Stephenson at Sat, 02/14/2009 - 17:27

Having kpersonalizer back would be a big wish from my side. It was so good to select from the eyecandy :)

By tstaerk at Wed, 02/25/2009 - 09:30