Just in time for the freeze: kuiserver integration in systemtray

With the feature freeze in about 20 minutes, I’m glad to be able to tell that I was able to merge the kuiserver applet into the systemtray just a couple of hours ago. It still has some smaller problems, and I haven’t had the time to test it very thourouly considering the time pressure to get it in. But we’ve got > 2 months of bugfixing and polishing ahead of us, so I’m not worried. A screen shot of how it looks now:

kuiserver integration in the systray

It’s amazing to see how much new improvements there are in KDE 4.2. Not only in plasma (the size of the changelog is insane), but in all of KDE. The massive overhaul of kmail… The lovely file hover preview tooltips which are back in dolphin… The revised gui of the file open/save dialog… Lot’s of new features, polish, and performance improvements overall. I really can’t imagine going back to 3.5


13 Responses to “Just in time for the freeze: kuiserver integration in systemtray”

  1. William Says:

    Kudos. The systray really needed this. Keep going with the good job.

  2. jluis Says:

    Congratulations to you and to all the KDE team.
    All we’ve been waiting for extenders since the first mockup several years ago.
    Great job!

  3. Dread Knight Says:

    Can you say “innovation” ?
    \m/ epic win

  4. Andre Says:

    Very nice, I am looking forward to 4.2!
    I hope the visual connection with the taskbar will be polished a bit more, so it seems to visually connect or grow out of the bar, instead of lying on top of it? Still: it’s a great innovation!

  5. Dominic Says:


  6. Aurélien Gâteau Says:

    You probably want to use KUrl::pathOrUrl() to display urls. This way the “file:///” prefix will be replaced with a single “/”.

  7. Fri13 Says:

    What if the “copying” task would be a little bigger?

    Now it has two lines of text

    Source: file:///media/kdede….r5-i386-netinst.iso
    Destination: file:///media/kdede….r5-i386-netinst.iso

    On both lines, there is same information taking lots of space. Like in this case, I can not see from where, to where it is copying it. If the destination or source would be different place like /home/ then it would be easier, but not, both are going somewhere subtree.

    So if the text would be

    File: fedora-10-r5-i386-netinst.iso
    Source: file:///media/kdede…/downloads/data
    Destination: file:///media/kdede…/finished/images

    I think that information should be made in 4.3 or 4.4 version more smarter, so that Source and Destination information is not always shown from path start and path end, but by those parts what is different.

    Like if I copy file from /media/data/subfolder1/files to /media/data/subfolder3/data2

    It would show:

    file: data-what-gets-moved.iso
    Source: file:///media/../subfolder1/files/
    Destination: …/subfolder3/data2/

    (that might be a bad example, but the destination …/ start would show that it really is same directory as source first start and after that a difference).

    This can be one of most notified difference on 4.2 when comparing to older KDE versions. Is that how well well themable? icons, background etc?

    This looks great and I am very glad that you got this in before feature freeze 😉

  8. Sehew Says:

    You guys rock! One of the best innovations of KDE 4.x!

  9. rscheepmaker Says:

    @Andre: yeah, currently it’s a few pixels off, but I will fix that before 4.2.

    @Aurelien, Fri13: for this release I just displayed the information I’m getting from the dbus spec. I agree that kio should set labels that are a bit ‘smarter’, but that’s something for 4.3.

  10. rscheepmaker Says:

    @Fri3: And yes, almost all of it is themable, except the stop/pause/play icons, which use the icons of your icon set, instead of icons specified by your plasma theme. This is one of the things I’ll look into for 4.3. But background, draghandle, close button, progress bar etc, is all themable.

  11. Eli Compton Says:

    Great! More alpha **** for KDE.

  12. rscheepmaker Says:

    @Eli: I find your comment rather negative and nonconstructive. We now have 2 months of pure bugfixing time ahead of use, and already we’re doing pretty well. Last week a lot of bugs were closed (https://bugs.kde.org/weekly-bug-summary.cgi). See also http://aseigo.blogspot.com/2008/11/and-speaking-of-bugs.html for more info.

  13. Epicanis Says:

    With the exception of missing “external” programs (K3B in particular), it’s starting to sound like 4.2.x will already be back up to and beyond 3.5x usefulness levels.

    The only other feature I’ve been missing, really, has been proper metadata support in the file managers – it used to be that I could look at the “properties” of, for example, an audio file and see all of its associated metadata (duration, format details, comments…). I haven’t spotted whether this is set to be addressed in the 4.2 feature plan or not…

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