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    Default SuSE 11.2 and KDE4 (Desktop Icons howto?)

    Hi,

    I have SuSE 11.2 and KDE 4.3.1 installed.

    How can I add a new Desktop Icon?

    In my $HOME/Desktop are many files but only some are shown,
    some I can't get to be displayed on the desktop ...

    Is it possible to go back to KDE 3 with this distro?

    Thanks
    Marcel

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    On Desktop - Right click unlock widgets
    Right click add widget - search for 'folder'
    Select and add Folder View
    Configure, re-size etc
    Right click Lock widgets when done
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcelruff
    Hi,

    I have SuSE 11.2 and KDE 4.3.1 installed.

    How can I add a new Desktop Icon?

    In my $HOME/Desktop are many files but only some are shown,
    some I can't get to be displayed on the desktop ...

    Is it possible to go back to KDE 3 with this distro?

    Thanks
    Marcel
    Hi
    In the menu system if you right-click and add to the desktop (not the
    desktop folder).

    If you right-click on the desktop you can change the option to a
    'plain' desktop, maybe this is similar to KDE3? Note I'm mainly a Gnome
    user

    No, it's KDE4 now....

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcelruff View Post
    Is it possible to go back to KDE 3 with this distro?
    You cannot go back but if you open YaST>Software>Software Management and look under Patterns (AFAIK) you should find KDE3; you can install it and when you next login, choose Session on the login screen and select KDE3 before you log in.

    You can swap between the two by accessing Session each time you log in.

    Depending on what you want to do, you may have to make some adjustments to hidden files in /home. It is also not advisable to use equivalent programs in both KDE3 and KDE4 as they store their data in different hidden files. Decide which programs you want to use in each session and stick to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john hudson
    marcelruff;2064399 Wrote:
    > Is it possible to go back to KDE 3 with this distro?


    You cannot go back but if you open YaST>Software>Software Management
    and look under Patterns (AFAIK) you should find KDE3; you can install it
    and when you next login, choose Session on the login screen and select
    KDE3 before you log in.

    You can swap between the two by accessing Session each time you log
    in.

    Depending on what you want to do, you may have to make some adjustments
    to hidden files in /home. It is also not advisable to use equivalent
    programs in both KDE3 and KDE4 as they store their data in different
    hidden files. Decide which programs you want to use in each session and
    stick to them.
    Hi
    Only KDE4 now....


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    Default Re: SuSE 11.2 and KDE4 (Desktop Icons howto?)

    Could you add this repo?
    Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE3/openSUSE_11.2

    Not saying I would, or advise it though.
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    Ok, I gave up, I'm using Linux now since over 15 years
    but KDE 4 made me failing doing simple things like adding
    a desktop icon

    But - this helped to see the KDE3 icons again on the desktop:

    vi $HOME/.kde4/share/config/plasma-desktop-appletsrc

    Replace

    plugin=desktop

    to

    plugin=folderview

    and after login all desktop icons appear.

    Now I can again right click on the desktop and get a menu
    to "Create New"->"Link to Application".
    But adding a desktop icon fails again as it wants to add the .desktop file to
    /usr/share/kde4/templates/.source
    where I have no permissions.

    So I end up going to $HOME/Desktop and copy one of the
    .desktop files and editing it manually, this works.

    I'm quite sure that the KDE4 developers are very motivated
    and do technically seen an excellent job, but how do you expect
    that a normal user can be happy using Linux with such elementar
    hazzels? Every Desktop user in my environment will directly
    move back to Windows.

    Just my two cents
    Marcel

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    "You cannot go back but if you open YaST>Software>Software Management and look under Patterns (AFAIK) you should find KDE3;"

    This does not exist anymore in SuSE 11.2

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    Desk-Top Icons: I have had same accident & LOST my Desktop Icon-Folder

    Someone, but SOMEone must have produced a downloadable Widget to do this Function??

    thanks

    Anna

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    Seriously,

    There are three ways you can achieve this.

    1.) Right click on the Desktop. Make sure the widgets are unlocked (if it's locked there will be an unlock option; if it's unlocked there will be a lock option)

    Click on the application launcher, choose whatever program you want, you can even type in the name of the program and it will show up in the menu, then drag it to the desktop. There's a new desktop icon. Easy as that.

    2.) Or if you want the icons from the Desktop folder to be shown, you can do as caf said and (still making sure widgets are unlocked) right click on the desktop, choose add widget, type in Desktop Folder, then double click it to add it to your desktop. Hover over it then choose the wrench that's on the tab. For location make sure Show the Desktop folder is chosen. There's your Desktop Icons. Easy as that.

    3.) Or as someone else said, You can right click on the Desktop, then choose Desktop Settings. Under the category Desktop Activity, change the Type to Folder View. Now you have a "regular" desktop. Just add icons to the desktop folder to add them to your desktop or the same as the first paragraph suggested, but instead it will ask you to copy or make a link - choose make a link. Easy as that.

    I've been using KDE4 since I started with linux at the beginning of THIS year so it's a lot more apparent to me now, but I tried stuff out in order to figure this out. Things like, drag the program to the desktop to make a desktop icon. It seems simple enough and KDE4 lets you do it.

    Take Care,

    Ian
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