[kubuntu-devel] Kubuntu breezy feedback

Jonathan Riddell jr at jriddell.org
Wed Oct 5 08:38:38 CDT 2005

On Sun, Sep 25, 2005 at 04:26:02PM +0200, Christoph Wiesen wrote:
> ((Excuse the length of this mail - I somehow like to be thorrough on this 
> stuff))

Thanks for your feedback, very appreciated.

> The new artwork is great - good looking and doesn't get in the way, I like 
> that. Hope there will be a bootsplash and grub background based on that.
> Minor thing about the ksplash: The text - "Starting System Services.." and so 
> on - is right in the corner. There could be one or two pixels each to the 
> left and bottom between the border and the text.

Investigating that.

> Btw. the google search bar has no icon at this time.

Fixed now.

> The System settings aren't fully translated (to german).

Hmm, I'll look into that.  Could you report it to bugzilla?

> Sometimes after I have opened a module - Network settings specifically - and 
> went back with "Show all" the next time I try to open the same module I get 
> an error message saying it's already opened inside System Settings.
> Only closing the window an opening again helps.


> "Network Settings" Module uses too much vertical space. I can hardly see the 
> "Administrator Mode..", "OK" (and so on) buttons even on 1280x800.


> "Joystick" module doesn't come up in System Settings, but works in kcontrol.


> The search feature is great, just one issue: Some of the (default) icons 
> aren't very colourful, for example "Mouse" and "Keyboard", so it's hard to 
> distinguish between them beeing active or greyed out (filtered). To improve 
> this you could consider greying the text of filtered items as well. 
> Alternatively items that are not filtered yet could have bold or italic text 
> once you've entered the first character in "Search:". I think the first idea 
> (grey out text) would work better though.


> "System" Menu still contains a link to settings:/ instead of the "System 
> Settings" which is available from K-Menu now, where it will be redundant, 
> wenn the entry in the "System" Menu is fixed.

I'll probably change this with a link to the Kubuntu documentation.

> KSystemLog doesn't show the boot log: "/var/log/boot.log doesn't exist"
> The "kernel log" and "daemons log" are empty (no error message).
> ACPI log won't open: "no permission to read /var/log/acpid". As it expected it 
> works with sudo (Just maybe some user's won't know this).
> CUPS Access Log "/var/log/cups/access_log" doesn't exist, neither do the samba 
> or apache logs. It's logical because apache and samba aren't installed. 
> Assuming that all of the paths are correct the logs that don't exist (due to 
> services not beeing installed for example) should just be greyed out (context 
> menu items / buttons disabled.
> KSystemLog is still GREAT, so if there's no time o fix this stuff please don't 
> remove it or something like that.

I'll look into these.  A bugzilla report would help me not forget.

> No kcalc, instead an optimized type of caculator with an unintuitive name. Not 
> sure if that's a good idea for an application usually only used now and then. 
> Might be better to have a more calculator like interface and especially name. 
> Please put kcalc back in - this is just a bit too geeky - people might not 
> accept any learning curve for their calcuator at all.

I find kcalc unusable though.  I wonder if it's possible to make
speedcrunch more intuitive.

> KGet could be evaluated again. It won't clutter the toolbar with an additional 
> icon if it's disabled from the beginning and the strange "drop target" isn't 
> there by default as well. Kubuntu just lacks the fundamental option of 
> download resuming without it - I don't understand why. What are kubuntu users 
> expected to do when downloading a file from a website?

The trouble with kget is that it's another window separate from the
normal file transfer window.  It would be best to have the pause
functionaily of kget in the normal downloads window.

> I can browse SAMBA shares with "Remote Places" just fine right now, which is 
> great but I can't share anything over the network in a simple way it seems.

KubuntuFileSharing bounty hunters wanted :)

> No icon yet. Kynaptic is still there. 


> Adept first opens in  a too small 
> window.


> kaffeine always says it can't play this stream, no matter what i trow at it - 
> simple MPEGs for example.

mpegs have patent issues, you need to install gstreamer plugins from
univers and multiverse.

> "Window" Key on modern keyboards doesn't have any effect. It could open the 
> K-Menu by default.

I can't actually find a way to do this, it doesn't want to work with
just the Win key, needs to be Win+something.  Strange.

> Didn't see the Guidance tools yet, hope they make it into the release.

Seems increasingly unlikely :(

> KoulourPaint is missing - I don't think Krita is a good replacement. it has a 
> different purpose as a more powerfull graphics app but is too complicated for 
> simple tasks. Having both won't hurt the 'only one app for a purpose' 
> philosophy

I'm supporting Krita because it's very impressive.  It's currently
going through a usability review so hopefully it'll get much more user
friendly soon.


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