KDE Plasma Netbook GUI: Admitting Limitations

[ Thanks to james Maguire for this
link. ]

“Plasma Netbook starts much the same as any edition of
KDE, with a splashscreen that gradually adds icons as features are
loaded. As soon as the desktop appears, though, the differences
become noticeable.

“True, at first glance, the panel along the top looks much the
same as in standard KDE. It includes a notification tray, calendar,
device notifier, and the other widgets that you would expect to
see. On the right side of the screen is a button that is the
equivalent of the desktop tool kit (popularly known as “the
cashew”) in standard KDE.

“But on second look, the differences loom large. No menu exists,
and what looks like the taskbar, the context menu tells you, is
actually an activity bar. In other words, instead of displaying
applications, the activity bar lists what KDE developers call
“containments” — workspaces that define how widgets are arranged
on the screen. The activity bar is a mechanism for switching
between activities.”

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