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08 September 2009, 16:11

Plasma Summit: New functions for KDE's desktop shell

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Plasma logo Last week, 15 Plasma developers met in Wallis, Switzerland for the third Plasma Summit to share ideas about the development of the KDE desktop shell, present new developments, and to program together. One highlight at the event was the Plasma Netbook Shell, an interface for netbooks that will be part of KDE 4.4. The start page provides users with an easy-to-navigate list of links to all programs and offers access to the file system, an application switcher, a calculator, and a search field for Wikipedia. In the newspaper view, the netbook shell provides an overview of selected RSS news feeds, weather information, and more.

Some other new functions presented include PolicyKit integration in KDE, a new program to add widgets and remote features so you can use Plasma widgets in your network. As an example, Plasma developer Rob Scheepmaker of the Netherlands demonstrated the Plasmoid Now Playing, which can be used along with remote capabilities to control a media player on another computer. Sebastian Kügler has published a detailed report about the third Plasma Summit, on the KDE news site


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