8.10b - first impression and questions

Billie Walsh bilwalsh at swbell.net
Tue Oct 7 01:52:55 BST 2008

Decided that I might give 8.10 a try and see just what it's all about. 
Loaded it on a separate hard drive. Looks nice and works my poor little 
eMachine quite well. No major hiccups so far.

First impressions. I still can't stand that "new" KDE menu system. Can't 
stand it in Vista either so  it's not just a KDE thing. Is there a way 
to configure it back to the old style someplace? In earlier versions you 
could right click near the big "K" and get to a configuration window 
where you could reset the height of the panel and place it where you 
want it and all that stuff. [ I like mine at the top of the screen and 
hidden. I also like it a little taller than "normal" ] I also want to 
have the quick start panel back. I like to use it for all the things 
that I run constantly. I clicked just about everything I could find and 
never found any way to make the changes I want. Is the ability to do 
this stuff in KDE4?

THEN, there's this big ugly box on my desktop that says "Desktop". How 
can you get rid of that thing? I clicked on the closing button and the 
main desktop went away for a second and when it came back it was still 
there and something stupid was covering my task bar. Like to never 
figured out how to bet my task bar back. The yellow notepad thingy went 
away when I clicked the "x". I do NOT like a bunch of "junk" on my 
desktop. I want it clean [ unlike the desk the computer sits on *<]:oD   
]. Just about everywhere you click it wants to add even more junk.

Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.

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