What is the vision behind krunner and the runners?
krunner is a GUI command line. The use of runners should be pervasive in all parts of the desktop
the GUI command line stuff is one of those quiet undercurrents that's been going around for a few years now and is quite interesting. krunner is heavily inspired by these ideas; krunner is not particularly innovative (yet?). really i just needed something to replace the minicli from kdesktop and decided we may as well try to do something Better(tm) or even maybe Right(tm) .. i'm a big believer in this whole gui/cli concept, though, and where krunner goes beyond what is out there right now is in two important places:
- the plugins are available for anyone to use, it's not a cut-off-from-the-rest-of-the-world tool. quicksilver, katapult, gnome-do, deskbar .. they are all fairly sealed off. i think this is simply a case of not realizing the full possible scope. runners should become pervasive (e.g. kickoff, a plasmoid, perhaps even in other apps?)
- it's part of the default set up of a production desktop. pretty much all the other things out there are add ons. this is really one of the benefits of free software: we don't have to convince a huge company to try this out, we can just DO IT.