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Peter Clark
My KDE 4.2 Desktop on Mandriva 2009.0

KDE Plasma Screenshots by jbpuertam 2 comments

How did you get the lock screen/logout widget to be vertical (one button on top of the other) rather than horizontal? I can't seem to get it to do that (using Kubuntu's 4.2 packages). - Mar 02 2009

Screenshots by bjcarne 2 comments

I'm not quite sure how you managed to categorize this as a font, rather than as a screenshot (the two items are quite distant from each other on the drop-down list, look for "KDE Screenshot"), but please correct it. - Dec 08 2007

Wallpaper Other by napy84 5 comments

It looks like it could have been a really nice picture, but the colors (due to the post-processing, maybe?) are just AWFUL! Look at the castle walls; there are splotches of green, blue, and red that should obviously not be there. Do you have a better quality image? - Dec 04 2007

Bootsplash Various by Manefesto 2 comments

Can you provide a preview of how it looks? - Dec 03 2007

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by jeffreym 34 comments

Seconded. Great concept, but the execution needs a little more loving. More specifically, the slanted buttons don't look good, especially since not all are slanted (the minimize button), and the text is not oblique. I'd prefer a non-slanty version, with a less bulky look. - Jun 14 2007

Developers Apps by dirge 8 comments

This is a fantastic idea! What plans do you have for future releases? - Apr 15 2007
KDesktop Menu

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by rfujimoto 115 comments

Thanks ever so much for updating this great program. I did notice one (small) bug: under the switch users menu, the keyboard shortcut reads "CTRL+ALT+7", but really ought to be "CTRL+ALT+F7". - Jul 10 2006
BeOS inspired

KDE Plasma Screenshots by nsteeves 2 comments

"1. Video applications need to somehow share video overlay, so that one can play multiple videos at once."

Just out of curiosity, why would you want to play multiple videos at once? Yes, it was a cool feature of the pervasive threads in BeOS, but cool only for demo purposes--i.e., no one watches more than one video at a time, at least no sane person I know.

"2. Won't somebody please fix the Taskbar. One should be able to disable its "reserve x amount of space"."

Aaron Seigo is currently optimizing and de-crufting kicker; maybe that includes the taskbar. In any case, check out for a similar report; vote it up if you find one, otherwise, create a new one.

"3. We need a System Tray clock, and a way to make sure that it is always the first app started."

Well, I don't know if need is the appropriate word, but as I recently discovered, coding Python systray applets is a lot of fun and pretty easy. Do you have a screenshot that shows what you have in mind?

"4. We need little green bars next any Device icons, to show how much space is used up."

I seem to recall this being a wishlist item on Too lazy to look for it though, but if it's important, you can vote it up.

As for the weather applet, try modifying LiquidWeather. Hacking in Python is dead simple, even if you don't really understand Python. Besides, it's very easy to learn, and very rewarding, too. - Nov 22 2004

Karamba & Superkaramba by Troydm 5 comments

Is this related to Karakoram ( Reading the descriptions of both, it seems as though they are virtually identical.

Also, any plans on adding some sort of advanced scripting ability like SuperKaramba? Your website mentioned that you have issues with SK's API, but as byzantine as it may be (I've written about six or so Karamba themes for my own use, and all but one needs SK's extensions), it adds a lot of functionality. So maybe a SK++ API? - Sep 13 2004
Fahrenheit Window Decoration

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Rodion 50 comments

What features do you have in mind? If you want moveable tabs like in the B2 decoration, you'll need to send a patch. Like I told another guy, I started by modifying the B2 theme so that the tabs were moveable, but the results just did not look good. For the next release, I am planning on making the tab alternate between the left and right sides of the window; alt-click (or something like that) on the tab will make it switch sides. - Jun 01 2004
Fahrenheit Window Decoration

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Rodion 50 comments

I actually started by modifying B2, but the result was not visually pleasing. If you can come up with a way that makes it look nice, please send a patch. - Jun 01 2004
improve kdict or start a new dictionary

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by H00K 9 comments

I, too, am working on a dictionary maker program. I started Pydima (PYthon DIctionary MAker) two years ago, but abandonned it last year since I was basically re-inventing XML for the data storage format. About a week ago, I started toying with the idea of resurrecting it, in a new and improved form. Right now, I'm working on the documentation/tutorial, so that I have a clear idea of what to program (and since I hate it when other programs don't have sufficient documentation), so there's no code, but in principle, it shouldn't be terribly difficult.

The basic idea is this: Pydima runs as a server, so that anyone with a browser can access it (and anyone with a password can edit it; naturally, it should be possible to make the program accept connections only from localhost if one doesn't want to be so open during the editorial process.) The advantage is two-fold: one, it solves the nasty problem of how to make it cross-platform, since it will run on anything that runs Python, and will display on any system with a web browser. I've been looking at several web application frameworks, but they all seem too heavy for what I have in mind. However, thanks to Python's standard library, creating the server portion is easy; I whipped up a test server in just a handful of lines. I love Python!

The second "big idea" for Pydima is that it uses XML for the data format. However, there it won't use a defined DTD, and in fact, every dictionary could use completely different markup (created by the user with a built-in editor), because the fact of the matter is that every dictionary beyond entry:translation is different, and attempts to provide for a general dictionary markup (See TEI's --Text Encoding Initiative--attempt, which is too general and impractical for use beyond dictionaries for Indo-European languages.) The idea is that the markup scheme would be included within the dictionary, so that Pydima can read it and immediately know what to do with it. At this point, I'm against using some sort of database backend, despite the fact that Python makes interacting with a database rediculously easy, mostly because the people who have expressed interest in a program like this don't want the added hassle of setting up something like MySQL. Pydima's goal is to be as powerful as possible without adding complexity for the user, either in installation or in usage.

The end goal of Pydima is that it should be able to create large, complex dictionaries (if your university library has a copy of the Hopi dictionary, take a look at that, since at least one linguist has told me that if he could create a dictionary half as beautiful as that, he would be happy) that works for multiple languages, in multiple fields of study, and that has a wide range of outputs, including LaTeX, HTML, and DICT. And it would be licensed under the GPL. Naturally. Like you need to ask. :)

I'm going on vacation this week, but I hope to have the documentation finished at the end of May. If anyone is interested in helping out, contact me at: theclarks (at) mail (dot) ru. - May 17 2004
Fahrenheit Window Decoration

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Rodion 50 comments

Just out of curiosity, was it ever made into a BeOS theme? I thought it never made it past the mock-up screenshot stage. - Apr 17 2004
Fahrenheit Window Decoration

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Rodion 50 comments

-smoothen the round borders, pixels show too much.

The easy answer is that this is somewhat dependent on your color scheme. You possibly can minimize the pixel visibility by tweaking the colors, since the shading scheme (to give it a 3D look) is based on different shades of whatever color you choose.

The hard answer is that it will never look as perfectly smooth as the mock-up screenshots, since those were smoothed out with a graphics program. I'd be interested in hearing how this works with drop-shadows, since what makes the mock-ups really smooth is the blending between border and shadow. But to do this in real life would probably require an enormous amount of rendering time (enormous for something as simple as a window border, in any case) and is beyond my technical ability in any case.

-Allow buttons to be placed anywhere

Are you thinking about an option to have them drawn on the far right or something? Technically possible, but I don't like the look. There are a couple of mock-up screenshots that show the buttons on the far right, but the only reason they look vaguely good is because they drop down into the window space, something not possible with KDE, since the actual window contents are drawn over the window border, so anything that you want to draw _over_ the window contents will actually be drawn beneath them. But if someone sends in a patch that makes button placement optional, I'd probably include it.

-Allow tabs to slide (see B II theme).

I tried this, originally (I started with the BII theme), but it just did not look good. Technically, it's possible, but a lot of work--if the title is on the right side, draw the grip on the right rather than left, and round out the left side (and possibly move the buttons to the right side?), otherwise if the title is somewhere in the middle, round out both sides and not draw the grip at all. But because the title bar is rounded, not square, it's hard to get it to act and look right. If someone wants to contribute a patch that manages to make it look good, I'll certainly take a look. - Apr 17 2004
Fahrenheit Window Decoration

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Rodion 50 comments

Ah, but what happens at 100F? And then where does 212 come in? - Apr 17 2004
Kppp pixmap replacements

Various Stuff by brendanorr 3 comments

I like the replacement for the large graphic. As for the dock, I like the world icon at (third screenshot). Actually, the combination of the world icon and your large graphic seem to go well together. Of course, anthing is better than the default! (Why haven't they been replaced?) - Jun 30 2003
Get Enlightened

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by Yaba 7 comments

Regarding icons, I just remembered that E uses a text file to store the position and function of icons. Unfortunately, it's been over three years since I last used E (left it for KDE :) and I don't quite remember the details. It should probably go into your .enlightenment directory, but I don't remember much more. There might be an example file in the system-wide directory (/usr/share/enlightenment?), however. - Jun 13 2003
Get Enlightened

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by Yaba 7 comments

How well does Karamba work under E? If there are no transparency issues, then I think I'm going to start working on that E theme I've always wanted to make. :) - Jun 12 2003
Liquid Weather ++

Karamba & Superkaramba by Matti 1797 comments

Mind if I add it to the next version of Karamba Weather? - May 31 2003
karamba multi-news

Karamba & Superkaramba by Matti 13 comments

Not at all related to your Karamba theme, but what is the bar at the bottom? I assume it's Karamba related, but I haven't found it in the usual spots. - May 25 2003
Karamba Weather.COM

Karamba & Superkaramba by iZelpII 55 comments

I don't think you understand. I don't want to "take control," but rather have greater cooperation together. For instance, your script uses, mine uses That's fine, two locations are better than one, just in case one should ever go out. What I am suggesting is that we package the scripts together and make the necessary adjustments so that they both spit out identical output; that is, line 1 is the city name, line 2 is the time of the last update, etc. In other words, themes can use either script interchangeably, so that way when someone wants to create a new weather theme, they don't need to pick between the two scripts, because it will work with both. I have no desire to "take over" what is your own personal program (besides, I don't do Perl :) but rather am suggesting that we work together so that people don't have to choose between conflicting scripts, but only decide what server to download the forecast from. Tell me what you think. - Apr 30 2003
Karamba Weather.COM

Karamba & Superkaramba by iZelpII 55 comments

Right. Currently, I am distributing two different themes under "Karamba Weather" and would be happy to add yours to the mix. About the only thing that I can't do (at least in the current version of the script) is spell out the wind ("From the West Southwest" for example), but the script does have the capability to show not only the five day forecast, but also converts to metric (so you can have temperatures in C, as well as wind speed in kph and barometer in kilopascals) and allows for customization of the display, so people can choose whether they want the temperature listed as "high / low" or "low ~ high" or whatever. Are you artistic? I could really use some better wind icons; I included a set of them for people to create their own icons from, but I don't use them because they are too big and ugly. I am planning on releasing version 0.4 this weekend, with a bug fix and possibly another theme or two, but if you need more time, I can wait. - Apr 29 2003
Karamba Weather.COM

Karamba & Superkaramba by iZelpII 55 comments

Or actually, would you prefer to just combine efforts? I haven't looked at your scripts yet, but it would be nice to avoid the proliferation of scripts (witness the number of rdf scripts that could just be combined into one or two packages at the most, if the authors were only willing to cooperate.) Tell me what you think. - Apr 29 2003
Karamba Weather.COM

Karamba & Superkaramba by iZelpII 55 comments

...changing the name to something a little different, so as not to confuse people with another Karamba theme called "Karamba Weather"? See Thanks. - Apr 29 2003
Karamba Weather.COM

Karamba & Superkaramba by iZelpII 55 comments

If you're looking for a script that has forecast ability, try the "real" Karamba Weather (apparently, the author of this one didn't realize the name was already taken.:) - Apr 29 2003
Kickbar - My Slickbar Modification

KDE Plasma Screenshots by wizzard 8 comments

Take a look at 'kdcop' to browse the various DCOP options. I looked under both the kwin and kdesktop entries and didn't find anything, but maybe you'll have better luck.
As for starting an application without a title bar, try 'kstart --type Override [app_name]'. Unfortunately, this does not seem to accept the standard X '-geometry' string. I don't know of any way to specify where a window should appear in KDE, except by saving the window position (window menu -> Store Window Settings). However, you need to first start the program, move it to where you want it, then save its settings. - Apr 20 2003
karamba sys

Karamba & Superkaramba by atac 10 comments

Might want to provide a screenshot... - Apr 20 2003
Karamba patched

Karamba & Superkaramba by donuthole 74 comments

I trust that you have already sent this patch off to Hans, yes? - Apr 17 2003
Karamba Weather Modified

Karamba & Superkaramba by brennanmh 4 comments

Would you mind if I included this in the next release of Karamba Weather? I'm soliciting for other themes that use You don't have to, of course, but it seems easier to me to bundle them all together for ease and comfort. I've going to upload the latest version of Karamba Weather now, since I promised a couple of people that I would do so, but I will be sure to look over your changes and see what I can incorporate into it. Thanks! - Apr 15 2003
My screenshot

KDE Plasma Screenshots by Klafk 7 comments

It looks like OS X because it _is_ OS X, running Konfabulator. I don't know why the poster has this thing about GNOME, especially when running OS X, but one never knows these days what the cat will bring in.
On second thought, it could also be an extremely well-done WinXP Aqua mod, but my first bet would be OS X. - Apr 09 2003

Karamba & Superkaramba by themesKnugen 222 comments

Nonsense! Always happy to see new eye candy for KDE! :) - Apr 01 2003

Karamba & Superkaramba by themesKnugen 222 comments

Let me guess: this is either some clever gimping or mixing environments. (OS X?) - Mar 31 2003

KDE 3.0-3.4 Themes by clee 112 comments

Search for 'juk'. - Mar 15 2003
My desktop

KDE Plasma Screenshots by bludy 11 comments

For programs that don't have built in borderless options, there's also kstart. 'kstart --type Override (app)' will start the app without borders. Try 'kstart --help' for more goodies, such as skipping the taskbar, skipping the pager, etc. - Mar 04 2003
My desktop

KDE Plasma Screenshots by bludy 11 comments

All you need is a terminal capable of displaying a transparent background (i.e., most of the terminals out there, such as rxvt, aterm, konsole, etc.) In this particular instance, I would suggest using somehting like rxvt or aterm, as that way you can use konsole as you normally would. Make the window borderless, optionally turn off any scrollbars, and then place it wherever you like. - Mar 04 2003
SlicKer in action

KDE Plasma Screenshots by ZennouRyuu 7 comments

I voted this down after looking at the screenshot linked to the thumbnail because it was way too small to see any detail. Then I thought that you might have linked a larger image to "Download," and sure enough, there it was. Sorry.
Two suggestions for future screenshots: one, link the thumbnail to the full-sized shot. :) Two, show closed cards and stacked cards. That gives a better impression of what it's about.
Anyways, I've been casually following the development of Slicker (and its base code, CardDesk) for the past few months and I must admit, I'm getting rather excited to see how far this goes. - Feb 23 2003
fade all but top window: possible?

KDE 3.0-3.4 Themes by probono 13 comments

I think what the previous posters have been saying is that a.) since the logout applet is capable of doing what you ask and b.) the source code is open and free for you to learn how it is done, c.) hack away to your heart's content, because the example code is all right there. - Jan 15 2003
USB memory stick icons

Icon Sub-Sets by sunfire 7 comments

Most USB memory keys work with any stock distribution kernel within the past year or two. They use the usb-storage kernel modules, so even if the device is not recognized by name, you can still use it with 'modprobe usb-storage' and then mounting /dev/sdX# (in my case, sda1; YMMV).

That said, there are a couple of devices that use their own proprietary format. Fortunately, these are easily recognizable. If the product description says that it works on Mac and Windows without drivers (except for Win98, which has borked USB support and needs drivers), that means that it uses the usb-storage standard and will work with Linux. Otherwise, it's proprietary--don't buy.

The first, the Thumbdrive, was proprietary, which, if you think about it, is pretty stupid and self-defeating. The idea behind the devices is that you can replace floppies with them, but if you need to install drivers on every computer that you want to use it on, you either need a floppy or a net connection. Fortunately, it seems as though no one is making proprietary versions any longer, for precisely this reason, which is very good news indeed.

If you are interested in buying one, I would recommend looking at one that supports USB 2.0. They sould downgrade gracefully to USB1 without a problem, but if you do have USB2, then they are a lot faster. - Dec 27 2002
USB memory stick icons

Icon Sub-Sets by sunfire 7 comments

I also have one of these, and so far have just been using the "memory" icon, although it's not very asthetically pleasing. I hope that other icon sets will come up with their own designs for these things. - Dec 27 2002
Not quite kicker

Kicker Panel by fop 84 comments

Actually, I don't think kicker should be replaced. It's a nice, user-friendly familiarity for the Windows refugees, which is a Good Thing (TM) IMO.
That said, I think it would be great if there were alternative to kicker for the rest of us geeks; this idea and the other "corner kicker" one really should be developed as separate programs. Rather than look to the chief developers (who have already have a long list of things to do for 3.2), you need to start soliciting coders who would be willing to help. (I'm no coder, but I'd be happy to debug!) First make a real product, and then maybe it can be included in KDE 4.0. :) In other words, don't wait for this (and all the other good ideas that have been circulating here) to be picked up by the main developers--start it now! - Nov 22 2002
Not quite kicker

Kicker Panel by fop 84 comments

....Is obvious: swap the kmenu bar and the quick launcher bar. In fact, the two could be just treated as one fatter "card", with a row of icons along the top, and the kmenu button in the lower left corner. - Nov 22 2002
Themeable panel

Various Stuff by daniele 39 comments

What? You obviously haven't been exploring KDE much. Use the Application Launcher applet; it starts not only programs but launches Konq if you type something like ''. No problem. - Nov 01 2002
Liquid GTK

GTK1 Themes by Yaba 27 comments

I'm not a fan of the Aqua/Liquid look (just not my preference), but thanks for providing the theme for those who like a little consistancy on their desktop.
And for anybody who's about to post, "But this is _KDE_-Look!" don't bother. I for one think it is a good idea to post GTK themes here if they match KDE themes. Makes life much easier.
Also, if anyone is curious, this is for GTK 1.2. - Oct 29 2002
just another wanne be mac osx screenie

KDE Plasma Screenshots by eig3 2 comments

The ripped icons, the kicker 'dock'...same old, same old. You like it? Swell. Fine. But that's not going to stop me from sighing from boredom. - Oct 26 2002
Tweaked kicker :)

KDE Plasma Screenshots by equinoxe 7 comments

Does it also handle other arrow positions as well? For instance, I have the main kicker panel on the left side of the screen, so the arrow point right, and then a child panel at the top, so any arrows there would point down. In any case, tell us more! - Oct 24 2002

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by zakariya 63 comments

Are you using your GonX style there? Have you considered porting it to KDE3? I tried compiling version 0.8 under KDE3, but got too many errors (which is to be expected, I suppose). PLEASE consider porting it when you need another one-night break! :) - Aug 16 2002

Ice-WM Themes by Row 6 comments

I don't think it is a good idea to have two buttons that look the same, especially when one of them is the 'close' button. Perhaps a new button need to be made for the 'menu' button? (I'm assuming that the other button is for the menu, I haven't tried it.)
- Jun 25 2002
Fahrenheit Window Decoration

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Rodion 50 comments

It looks as though no one knows how to make pixmap themes, grrr. So maybe I should ask if there is anyone willing to code it? - Jun 11 2002
Fahrenheit Window Decoration

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Rodion 50 comments

As I explained above (I'm beginning to become a little uncertain as to the general literacy rate! :) IceWM themes are incapable of doing this. Furthermore, KDE doesn't handle transparency in IceWM themes gracefully. It just Looks Bad(TM). If both of these have changed recently, please let me know, but last time I checked (about a month ago), IceWM themes couldn't handle anything more complicated than a normal taskbar. - Jun 11 2002
Fahrenheit Window Decoration

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Rodion 50 comments

I'm interested in PIXMAP WINDOW DECORATIONS. Not widget themes, not color schemes, not coded window decorations, and not IceWM window decorations. If you know of any resources for PIXMAP WINDOW DECORATION creation, please let me know. :) - Jun 10 2002