little list of proposals by kubuntu italian user

maggsimo at maggsimo at
Mon Feb 1 17:54:12 GMT 2010

Hi Kubuntu Developers, we are a group of Kubuntu Users come from 
Ubuntu-it forum and we would like share to you what we would like 
see in Lucid. This is a little list of proposals. What do you think about? 
Thanks, regards. (kico, gp, Cylon, kekko, TequilaMex, iteand, 
Frankie90, superlex, ivanhoe1024, ShaiKailash)

1) Packaging: Some packages in repository has a ton of gnome 
dependencies (i.e. gimp and firefox). We know those packages are 
not made by Kubuntu team, but try to solve this problem considering 
Kubuntu users and low space usage.

2) Samba and share folder: In Dolphin, in a folder's menu, the option 
"Share folder" doesn't work because the package "kdenetwork-
filesharing" is not installed. It's necessary to share folders via Dolpin. 
The bug is filed in launchpad but it's not yet fixed (LP bug #402015, 

3) photo and digital kamera: In Kubuntu Karmic, when users try to 
connect a digital camera, the automount doesn't start. So users 
can't download or browse their photos. Manual mount of the device 
or installation of digiKam is necessary to using the digital camera. 
Make possible the automount of the digital camera like a removable 
storage device without digiKam, or at least digiKam by default into 
CD or DVD.

4) apturl-kde and firefox: apturl-kde is a great improve but into 
Kubuntu is not integrated in Firefox. Firefox is not installed by default 
but it is the browser used by the most number of users. A good idea 
should be apturl-kde integrated in Firefox also for Kubuntu.

5) knetwork manager and kbluetooth: KNetwork Manager and 
KBluetooth have still some problems. There are problems with 
hidden networks and some pc freezes when transfering data to a 
phone. KNetwork Manager doesn't want connect with UMTS pen like 
Ubuntu with gnome does with wizard. Is it possible put in Kubuntu, 
Network Manager and bluetooth which is used in Ubuntu? Or at least 
fix the UMTS issue?

6) kpackagekit: kpackagekit doesn't have support for debconf and 
it's not a complete package manager like Synaptic. And yes, it has 
many issue like crashes and serious problem like LP bug #45442 
(KPackageKit can't resolve dependencies and recommends Synaptic 
or Aptitude)

7) artwork: We are asking for artwork in Kubuntu like other distro 
have. A not invasive artwork, in according with the default style of 
KDE, but at the same time a brand for Kubuntu. Only simple work:
          - Kubuntu-Icon for kickoff;
          - Kubuntu logo in KDE Splash;
          - Kubuntu Wallpaper branded with Kubuntu logo.
          - Kubuntu logo in kdm; 

8) trash plasma-widget: Add "Trash Plasmoid" in the KDE Panel. It's 
comfortable for a good user experience and for users who have just 
migrated from Windows.

9) Add "lock/logout" plasma-widget in the panel for an easy access 
to this action.

10) artwork for folder icons in the home directory: The oxygen icons 
"music","video", "documents" and "my pictures" exists and are in the 
oxygen-icons package. Kubuntu doesn't use them by default. It's a 
good idea to use them for a more positive user experience. Those 
icons are useful to identify quickly the contents of the home 

11) System colors: Oxygen colors theme was updated every release 
of KDE, but kubuntu doesn't use it by default. This theme should be 
the default theme since in KDE 4.4 is really improved.

12) firefox: Firefox is, now, one of the most know open source 
software. It runs on Gnu/linux and Windows. Kubuntu doesn't install it 
by default. It's the first program that most number of users install 
after the first installation of Kubuntu. The firefox-installer is good but 
it seems a patch for a problem. Firefox isn't integrated in Kubuntu 
with a normal installation and is not integrated in KDE like Opensuse. 
It would be a really good idea if when user installs Firefox it becomes 
the default browser in his system instead of Konqueror.

13) Dragon player is only a video player and it lacks many feautures 
like show subtitle. Kaffeine is a multimedia player, it has more 
important features, for example dvb tv tuner. If it will be complete for 
lucid, it's important to include it by default.

14) Arora/Rekonq: a webkit/qt browser by default, for example 
Rekonq or Arora instead of Konqueror.

15) bangarang: a nepomuk/phonon based media player, really nice 
for kubuntu-netbook edition instead of Kaffeine or Dragon

16) Open kde menù when user click on the desktop with middle 

Simone Maggiani

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