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The easy way to make a useful KDE Plasmoid

Jul 07, 2010, 13:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Casperson)

[ Thanks to Matthew Casperson for this link. ]

"Plasmoids provide a powerful platform to build up the KDE desktop, but making a custom Plasmoid does require quite a bit of time and skill. The good news is that it is easy to build a Plasmoid that will display a web page, which allows you to take advantage of any existing web based gadgets.

"What do you use your desktop for? For 99% of people, the desktop is really just a program launcher, storage location, and maybe a picture viewer. I find it amazing that this screen that millions of people look at every day has not been more effectively utilized. I often wish that I could customize my desktop in the same way that I can customize my iGoogle homepage. It would be great to be able to quickly glance at my inbox, see a weather forecast, review my task list and browse todays Dilbert comic.

"The good news is that this is possible with only a few lines of code thanks to the Plasma WebView control. This control allows you to easily display either a specified URL or custom HTML inside a KDE Plasmoid."

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