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Hands-on: KDE 4.2 beta 1 Brings Impressive Improvements

Dec 03, 2008, 13:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The Plasma components that provide the core elements of the desktop environment are where you will find the most welcome and noticeable improvements. The panel system is shaping up nicely and has a few new capabilities that I particularly like. My favorite is the progress notification feature. When you initiate a file operation of any kind, the progress will be displayed in a notification bubble that pops up out of the panel.

"It will stack progress bars for multiple operations and let you control them individually. This is really useful because it eliminates the need to have progress dialogs appear when moving or copying files with Dolphin, KDE's file manager. It appears to be tapping into KIO, the KDE filesystem abstraction layer, and seems to show any KIO-based file operation, not just ones that are performed with Dolphin."

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