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Netbook Plasma Theme


Plasma Theme

Score 76%
Netbook Plasma Theme

Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  807
Submitted:  Nov 2 2008
Updated:  Nov 2 2008


This theme is based on the Elegance plasma theme written by AdrienV. I managed to lower significantly the quality of that theme, yet for a good purpose: enhancing significantly the usable screen area. All that wobbly bling window management is all very nice, as long as there is room for those windows to wobble. That ain't exactly true on my 12' screen. Most of my windows are simply maximized.

So the creation of a taskbar theme (the only thing I changed from the Elegance theme) that enables better oversight of what window is currently in use. The 'tab' like aspect provided by this theme is most effective by taking away the redundant title bar and windows borders of all 'normal windows'. For doing this:
- go to your KDE system settings
- Window behavior -> Window Specific
- make a 'new' rule
- Description eg: 'One to maximize them all'
- Select 'Match whole window class' (dont know if its necessary but whatever..)
- In 'Windows Extra' select 'Normal Window'
- In Geometry select both 'maximize hor..' and 'Maximize ver..' do 'Apply Initially' and check the mark next to it
- In preference check 'no border' do 'Apply Initially' and check on the right side again
- check ok on the bottom of the screen and thereafter the apply button

From this point on all your new openend windows will be maximized and without title bar. For those that still need the close button, this function can be done from the taskbar (right click and select close). Not that some applications (I haven't tested many yet, but Inkscape and its object properties dialog are one of them) have toolkit or dialogs that are identified as 'normal windows' (although transient). They consequently maximize as well. Solutions here are welcome.

The 'tab' aspect only works nicely with the Oxygen theme, and even there it has glitches. The oxygen theme has a gradient over the size of the screen I cannot render in the plasma theme. If you change the colors of your oxygen theme, the plasma theme also doesnt change. Finally the theme also only renders nicely when the panel is on the top of the screen. Therefore this theme is only but a simple demonstrator of what would really be nice: a Tab-taskmanager plasmoid (written with decent QT4 widgets).

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 Active Window Control

 by martijns on: Nov 2 2008
Score 50%

I just installed the 'ActiveWindow Control' Plasmoid written by DanaKil. This makes it possible to close the window with a single click again. Cool Plasmoid !

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 by logixoul on: Nov 4 2008
Score 50%

tabbar taskbar = awesomeness
also, allahu akbar

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 Amazing Theme!

 by Ace2016 on: Jan 13 2009
Score 50%

I love this theme, a brilliant way to keep track of applications and gets rid of wasted screen space. Thanks

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 This is something needed

 by izan on: Feb 27 2009
Score 50%

I really want to use KDE4 in my netbook. This is something that must be done.

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 Re: This is something needed

 by izan on: Feb 27 2009
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Sorry. I thought this was a mockup!.
I am going to try it right now!

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 highly impressed

 by vblanton on: May 28 2009
Score 50%

I think that the tab makes a lot of sense even for non-netbooks. Once I saw it it made me sad that we haven't had (what seems so logical) to clearly show what application is open yet. hope this idea gets picked up and tested by other folks too.

just so you know, your mockup has been linked on the techbase page for the netbook desktop being created by marco martin and Artur Souza (and other plasma hackers)

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 by joshuajtl on: Sep 9 2009
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Hi, I like the theme, I was wondering if there is something I can do to NOT have the menu fullscreen? It loads slower for me that way.

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