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"Plasma is the component that is "in charge" of the user interface;"

this statement is misleading. it makes it sound like plasma controls the windows too. perhaps s/user/desktop/ ?

--Chani 07:55, 15 January 2008 (CET)

You are probably right. I will fix it after I get home from work.

--Einar 08:56, 15 January 2008 (CET)

also, the plasmoid/widget/applet terminology could be confusing. maybe we could clean this up, as well as mentioning superkaramba widgets, not just osx ones.

oh, and does that TODO stuff on the page belong in this discussion page? I'm not very familiar with wiki conventions.

--Chani 09:42, 15 January 2008 (CET)

I put in the TODOs because I didn't expect this page to get linked in the Visual Guide from the 4.0 announcement. I was planning to insert the details in but I had a lot of commitments in the way. Now that I have some time, I think I'll rework the questions, perhaps adding specific ones for the terminology. And on that aspect, what is your (and other people who work on Plasma) on this? Which term do you often use for those? I'd like to use a "developer-approved" term. Perhaps I'll ping Aaron after the release party...

--Einar 10:40, 15 January 2008 (CET)

eep! I didn't know it was linked to from anywhere. *hides* I was thinking of reorganising the 'general' questions a bit more: maybe one section for philsophical questions and 'this sucks' rebuttals, a different section for 'how do I...' type questions.

as for terminology: 'applet' is the name of a class, and mostly a developer term. 'plasmoid' is a native plasma widget. 'widget' is something that can be added to plasma (hence the appletbrowser being renamed 'add widgets'): it could be a plasmoid *or* something from superkaramba or osx. I think we're going to need a glossary :P remember that most users often get mixed up just by the terms "panel", "taskbar" and "systray". I couldn't keep them straight myself until I started working on plasma.

--Chani 11:04, 15 January 2008 (CET)

I did a bunch of changes trying to improve the questions and removed some FIXMEs. However in some places it shows that English is not my primary language - some help in rewording would be appreciated.

--Einar 12:13, 17 January 2008 (CET)

Moving plasmoids on panel

How can I move plasmoids which are inside a panel? And can I move them at all?.. I have googled this, but there was nothing meaningful...

AFAIK, this is not yet possible, and this is a good question, I'll turn it to the Plasma developers and collect their input, and put the results on the FAQ

--Einar 08:43, 22 May 2008 (CEST)

When will I be able to run Plasma on windows xp or windows vista ?

When will I be able to run Plasma on windows xp ?

for now, it is launched. I see an error about desktop wallpaper not found or not loaded All the buttons of the start menu are one under the other All the widgets are hidden beside these buttons... The time clock on the bar uses 95% of the width of the screen All the menu of the bar have no files to launch... (empty)

but it works ... it loads and I can see the program running.

usability : close to none.


Memory usage

Why does plasma, with the desktop effects turned off, use 1.1GB memory (29% of the RAM installed) on my Debian Lenny system? Memory once used never gets freed and heavy swapping is the result. Bug or feature? Any chance of limiting plasma's memory usage?

Ahmet


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