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Update on this netbook thinghie

At GCDS we did several shiny things, and talked about even more shiny still to come stuff, like the better integration with kwin and new crazy ideas on the ZUI.

A thing that received a good amount of work is the Plasma on netbook project, in the form of several little components. What is really good about plasma is exactly that is done by many little components, quite easy to code, mantain and reuse.

So what we have now is in playground and can be tried right now on http://websvn.kde.org/trunk/playground/base/plasma/netbook. Here is a video of the current progress of the project, as appeared on the dot.

It's also a little experiment on the html5 video tag, it should use an ogg file on things like new webkit based stuff (in qtwebkit it works, yay!) or firefox 3.5 and fall back to youtube otherwise, anyways the ogg file is there.

  • A plasma shell (the actual executable), if you were using it previously pay attention that now has been renamed from plasma-mid to plasma-netbook, that's the form factor it's targetted in the near future anyways :)
  • A panel, simpler than the one in the desktop, that contains several widgets a "current window control", an activity bar, a systray usual clock and a search widget (more on that later).
  • the two main activities: newspaper and Sal

So, the "current window control" is a thing that shows the title and the icon of the current open window, plus a close button, this because there won't be a titlebar for windows, just fullscreen stuff, and clicking on it it triggers the present windows effect, because there won't be a taskbar either.

newspaper

The newspaper activity now looks like tthis, and compared to the state of te previous post is now possible to scroll, adding applets (yes, it needs a brand new add widgets dialog, but that's coming from a gsoc, yay!) and rearrange them by drag and drop.

newspaperThe thinghie that is called SAL, meand Search and Launch, and will basically an interface for krunner: in the desktop the alt+f2 dialog is something that is not very prominent so is not really used by the mythical creature called "joe user", but when you show the thing to them, they love it

So in the netbook, a thing like a menu is not really up to the job (in fact most of previous projects starting from the original eeepc shell to ubuntu netbook remix to moblin all have some different idea about how a small screen proof menu should look like). We have instead opted for a full screen prominent krunner interface, driven by the search box that pops up by clicking on the top right icon on the panel. Compared to the "normal" krunner there is a group of bookmarks in the top area and there will probably be some way to access saved searches (since the first time one uses it it won't be so obvious what to search for)

Aaand, for really putting the "net" in the netbook, there will be web based runners too, like the wikipedia runner that is already in playground (sebas and rich, you're great :p), the idea is giving access to network resources like that via runners, plasma widgets and libraries, even without always the need a browser, that is a great thing but not always the best ui possible.

Stay tuned for the next updates :D



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so great,thanks for sharing.

Sent from barbaratu (Anonimous) on 25/10/2010 at 18:46:55


thanks

s the Plasma on netbook project, in the form of several little components. What is really good about plasma is exactly that is done by many little components, quite easy to codlaptop battery factory

Sent from healthelectron (Anonimous) on 30/06/2010 at 0:30:37


SVN Runner?

"the idea is giving access to network resources like that via runners, plasma widgets and libraries, even without always the need a browser, that is a great thing but not always the best ui possible."



Would any of this work be relevant to an SVN runner (and git, and cvs...)? That is one feature that I have not found in any launcher on any OS that I think would be a killer feature for devs!

Sent from zak89 (Anonimous) on 16/07/2009 at 3:46:08


Re:Input methods

a working on screen keyboard is already in playground, i wonder how feasible is to put it on really small screens tough (apps will need to work on a screen height on ~300 pixel or so, some of them will, some no)

Sent from Marco Martin (mart) on 15/07/2009 at 10:45:18


RE:wrong mime type

> The video doesn't work in Firefox 3.5, you need to serve .ogv as video/ogg, check your web server configuration.



thanks, it should be fixed now

Sent from MArco Martin (mart) on 15/07/2009 at 10:36:53


Input methods

We need a keyboard-on-screen utility for touchscreen devices as well as a keyboard driven only way to use the interface and i'm convinced this will be the perfect interface for small form factor hardware :)

Sent from Ed (Anonimous) on 15/07/2009 at 10:21:10


Netbooks or Laptops

Well, I for one will assume that this type of interface runs equally well on laptops as it does on netbooks, as plasma is just modular that way.



Can't wait to try it out with my laptop's touch screen.

Sent from Troy Unrau (Anonimous) on 15/07/2009 at 4:58:09


Nice!

Very nice vide, you are tempting me to buy a netbook :-O So far I only use notebook because I always think that netbook is so tiny. But seeing you manage to get it done nicely, I'm reconsidering a netbook.



@I Love:



ChromeOS? It might be on top of Linux, but it won't be a full open source OS (remember google web-app services), and also not all people want their data to be kept all over the world by Google.



And also, can you please stop trolling?

Sent from fred (Anonimous) on 15/07/2009 at 3:50:55


wrong mime type

The video doesn't work in Firefox 3.5, you need to serve .ogv as video/ogg, check your web server configuration.

Sent from patcito (Anonimous) on 15/07/2009 at 3:12:34


moblin

this is way cool, it looks much more smooth and stable. The integration between KWin and Plasma animations is also a big thing I'm looking forward to. And be sure to have a look at MOblin, they have a lot of interesting ideas ;-)

Sent from jospoortvliet (Anonimous) on 15/07/2009 at 1:29:57


Video doesn't work here either

Video doesn't work here either -- Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.1) Gecko/20090624 Firefox/3.5

Sent from ianjo (Anonimous) on 15/07/2009 at 1:27:23


Amazing

Just amazing super-cool.

Sent from nameless (Anonimous) on 15/07/2009 at 1:22:48


Shiny

Hi,

thanks for the great work, looks really promising. KDE4 is so shiny and fancy :-) keep on rocking with all that cool plasma stuff.

Sent from Gregor Müllegger (Anonimous) on 15/07/2009 at 0:48:28


raptor there?

hi,

cool work. really cool! looking forward to use it on my lenovo s10e :)

short question:

is the upper menu (showed here http://www.notmart.org/images/netbook-sal.png) raptor or something that has to do with it? or is it "just" a app launcher? (with all installed apps in a row...)

thanks & greetings

Sent from anony (Anonimous) on 15/07/2009 at 0:28:29


Fun Fun

I love this. It will be awesome to watch something shiny like this get crushed senseless by ChromeOS nest year. Kinda like monster trucks.

Sent from I Love (Anonimous) on 15/07/2009 at 0:27:07


progress

looking good!

Sent from mxttie (Anonimous) on 15/07/2009 at 0:21:27


Video doesn't work

Video doesn't work for me in Fx 3.5 in Windows. Looks like the mime type may be incorrect.

Sent from Anonymous (Anonimous) on 15/07/2009 at 0:07:22


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