Kubuntu breezy feedback
chris at deadhand.com
Sun Sep 25 09:26:02 CDT 2005
As it took me longer to actually do this than I originally intended I did the
Re-install the breezy preview release and let it download the 'missing
language packs'. During installation it downloaded quite a few other packages
which it didn't mention by name. I suppose those are dependencies of the
language pack or something like that.
Anyway first thing after installation was to go to console (didn't start KDE
yet) and do a dist-upgrade - fetched all the current packages from today
Now I rebooted and logged into KDE for the first time. So everything I write
applies to this setup.
((Excuse the length of this mail - I somehow like to be thorrough on this
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.
I guess the more concrete separation of Web Browser and File Manager is a good
thing mostly. But it might be more confusing now when a local folder is
mistakenly opened within the web browser.
This happens if for exampel you have a web browser open and then open "Home"
from the Kubuntu System-menu for example. It will then pop up in a new tab of
the opened web browser. For this and other concerns explained before I'd
still strongly encourage you to turn the "open external links in current
konqueror" feature off until there's a way to have it for web browsing bot
not for file management.
FYI same just happened to me the other way around - external web link opened
in my FM Konqueror.
Might be a good idea to remove the google search bar in File Management mode -
to discourage users to use it as their web browser - if more seperation is
Btw. the google search bar has no icon at this time.
The System settings aren't fully translated (to german).
System Settings is in english even though I got the german language pack
download during initial install. The modules that are opened within System
Settings are partly english as well, though all the strings are available in
german (Kcontrol and settings:/ have it in german). If there are any more
strings to translate please tell me I'll help out asap.
Several elements are in german though. Quite a few of the modules have the
correct german strings and inside some modules certain elements are
translated as well. In "Panel" for example the sub-modules to the left and
all of the headers (text in bold at the top) are correct.
The string "System Settings" (in K-Menu) isn't translated.
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.
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.
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.
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?
If it was reconsidered the question that pops up at first launch "integrate
with konqueror?" would only have to be pre set. Then kget will not have to be
running (cluttering system tray) when it's not needed. Konqueror downloads
then open automatically in kget and only then will it be opened and visible
in system tray.
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.
All the graphical interfaces are there insie KDE, but the SAMBA package is
missing. Unfortunately isn't very verbose about that. When the "Administrator
Mode..." is enabled everything is still greyed out and theres no indication
Theres a text at the top of the module that's not reaable because only half of
it is visible, no matter how the window is resized.
I thin samba should be used for this (and not e.g.) nfs simply because there
doesn'T seem to be a gui to access samba shares like there is with "Remote
Places" and smb:/ for SAMBA.
No icon yet. Kynaptic is still there. Adept first opens in a too small
kaffeine always says it can't play this stream, no matter what i trow at it -
simple MPEGs for example.
"Window" Key on modern keyboards doesn't have any effect. It could open the
K-Menu by default.
Didn't see the Guidance tools yet, hope they make it into the release.
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'
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