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Linux Magazine: First Look: KDE 2.0

Jul 18, 2000, 08:37 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lou Grinzo)

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"The big headline grabber of KDE 2.0 is, of course, Konqueror, its file manager that replaces kfm. While KDE's old file manager was serviceable, most people wouldn't consider it a full-featured file manager by any stretch of the imagination. That situation will change with the arrival of Konqueror. As you can see in the sidebar above, Konqueror is a more complex program, which is readily apparent if you use both a separate tree pane and a tree view of your files, as I do. The more streamlined, icon-centric display option is still available, of course."

"The most obvious change from KDE 1.x's kfm is the disappearance of the Macintosh-style toggles on the directory tree in favor of the more Windows-like dotted lines and plus signs. But Konqueror also supports extensive file viewing (for example, click on /etc/X11/XF86Config and by default it appears directly in Konqueror's file pane instead of being launched in an editor), as well as enhanced browsing, in the normal Web sense. Another overdue enhancement is the ability to sort a list of files simply by clicking on the header for the chosen field...."

"Ironically, one of the changes to KDE that's most representative of the feel of the entire release isn't in one of the flashier GUI components, but in konsole, the lowly command-shell utility. In the current version of KDE, konsole opens a resizable window and presents you with a shell prompt, which works fine. It also gives you the options of opening additional shell sessions in the same window and switching between them via a menu, and starting a new session with Midnight Commander preloaded. In the new release, konsole has added a set of buttons along the bottom edge of its window that you can use to click between the shells you have started in that window. See Figure Two for an example. You can even name the sessions, instead of having to remember which "Shell" entry on the Session menu was which. Other new options let you run the konsole window full screen, or send specific signals to the program in the currently active session, including the ever-popular KILL. These konsole tweaks don't sound like much, especially compared to all the major changes appearing in Linux and its graphical interfaces, but they're the kind of features you can get very used to."

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