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    Kevin Miller NNTP User

    Default plasma dashboard?

    In 11.1, there's an option to show the plasma dashboard. When I select
    it, the kicker disappears and a little inverted tab appears at the top
    of the screen that says "Plasma" or something like that. But as soon as
    I click anywhere it disappears and the kicker comes back. Can someone
    explain what is supposed to happen? KDE 4.1 is the goofiest thing...

    ....Kevin
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    Default Re: plasma dashboard?

    Dashboard is a mode to show your desktop plasmoids only or in foreground of your open windows (depending on compositing enabled or not).

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    Beineri NNTP User

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    Dashboard is a mode to show your desktop plasmoids only or in foreground
    of your open windows (depending on compositing enabled or not).


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    can you please explain this with the language that a newbee can understand.

    a lot of times people like me who are totally new to linux and basically have no experteis or any idea how the system of linux works,(and the only reason they are here is ,because they like to learn)ask some questions about this totally new world without having any basic background about linux and its terms ,instead of getting some type of clear answeres that can be useable for a newbee,they get some type of answeres which will double their questions and, now they have to find out what the answere to that question means.

    unfortunately ,the friends who post the answeres ( there is no doubt in my mind that they have the greatest intention to help ),they assume that they are dealing with somebody who has the same level of knowledge about linux or suse as themselves..but if that was the case ,there was no need to ask any questions to begin with.

    I hope ,i did not offend anybody,i am certainly here to learn and do not like to waste anybody's valuable time ,with question after question about the same problem.
    thank you all.

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    mikearzan NNTP User

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    can you please explain this with the language that a newbee can
    understand.

    a lot of times people like me who are totally new to linux and
    basically have no experteis or any idea how the system of linux
    works,(and the only reason they are here is ,because they like to
    learn)ask some questions about this totally new world without having any
    basic background about linux and its terms ,instead of getting some type
    of clear answeres that can be useable for a newbee,they get some type of
    answeres which will double their questions and, now they have to find
    out what the answere to that question means.

    unfortunately ,the friends who post the answeres ( there is no doubt
    in my mind that they have the greatest intention to help ),they assume
    that they are dealing with somebody who has the same level of knowledge
    about linux or suse as themselves..but if that was the case ,there was
    no need to ask any questions to begin with.

    I hope ,i did not offend anybody,i am certainly here to learn and do
    not like to waste anybody's valuable time ,with question after question
    about the same problem.
    thank you all.


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    Default Re: plasma dashboard?

    Mike,

    sure, we will happily try to explain anything. If you are interested in a reply and you don't understand it, just ask for a clarification.

    In this case:

    Normally (KDE3, Windows XP, whatever) you log in to your computer and you see a desktop. This is an analogy to your real office desktop, i.e., you have stuff on it: Tools (applications) and documents you work with. Some people have messy desktops, others have a tidy desktop.

    KDE4 changed this approach: What you see isn't the desktop, but a dashboard (think "car", not "office" any longer). You aren't supposed to have apps and documents on your dashboard, but small applets/widgets delivering information directly, without opening an app through an icon.

    Common applets on a dashboard would be:
    A clock
    Post-it like notes
    Some small applet showing disk usage
    Another one showing CPU usage
    An RSS feed

    So, the dashboard is information, not storage.

    Some of us have to do work with the computer, unfortunately. This means you have a Window sitting in front of the dashboard (like a browser, Oen Office Org writer, KMail) so you cannot see the information on the dashboard.

    That's what the "Show dashboard" widget is for: When you click it, it will bring all the dashboard widgets to the front and will dim your active applications.
    The latest KDE4.2 Beta makes use of it and allows you to place widgets on the screensaver: That's very cool. The screensaver starts and you see CPU temp, the clock, an RSS newsfeed, all stuff like that.

    I hope this makes it clearer.

    Uwe






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    Uwe Buckesfeld NNTP User

    Default Re: plasma dashboard?

    Mike,

    sure, we will happily try to explain anything. If you are interested in a reply and you don't understand it, just ask for a clarification.

    In this case:

    Normally (KDE3, Windows XP, whatever) you log in to your computer and you see a desktop. This is an analogy to your real office desktop, i.e., you have stuff on it: Tools (applications) and documents you work with. Some people have messy desktops, others have a tidy desktop.

    KDE4 changed this approach: What you see isn't the desktop, but a dashboard (think "car", not "office" any longer). You aren't supposed to have apps and documents on your dashboard, but small applets/widgets delivering information directly, without opening an app through an icon.

    Common applets on a dashboard would be:
    A clock
    Post-it like notes
    Some small applet showing disk usage
    Another one showing CPU usage
    An RSS feed

    So, the dashboard is information, not storage.

    Some of us have to do work with the computer, unfortunately. This means you have a Window sitting in front of the dashboard (like a browser, Oen Office Org writer, KMail) so you cannot see the information on the dashboard.

    That's what the "Show dashboard" widget is for: When you click it, it will bring all the dashboard widgets to the front and will dim your active applications.
    The latest KDE4.2 Beta makes use of it and allows you to place widgets on the screensaver: That's very cool. The screensaver starts and you see CPU temp, the clock, an RSS newsfeed, all stuff like that.

    I hope this makes it clearer.

    Uwe






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    Default Re: plasma dashboard?

    Sure helped me!
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    Prexy NNTP User

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    Sure helped me!


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    Absolutely.This is what i call a clear explain to a question and it sure does not answere a question with a new question.thank you very much for understanding.

    mike

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