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[opensuse-kde] Re: [opensuse-factory] Taking notes from Mandriva.
- From: Steven Sroka <sroka.steven@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2011 19:03:09 -0400
- Message-id: <CAKn2qcV6aQvVmXXFHggQ_0rY=z2itocVKH9kTjtfantvtx6xmw@mail.gmail.com>
On 5 September 2011 17:45, Roger Luedecke <roger.luedecke@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Taking Notes from Mandriva
I recently caught wind that a new version of Mandriva was released.
checked out the last version on the advice of a good friend, and having been
underwhelmed by it I took a look again to see if I could see the magic he
spoke of to me. Overall this was indeed a much better release, and were it not
for a few show-stopping bugs it may very well have remained on my beloved
One interesting thing of note is that Mandriva has discontinued their
multiple versions. They have even abandoned the Gnome environment in favor
of KDE. However, their approach was quite unique. Clearly like I had, they too
took away some interesting ideas away from Gnome3; and like me were not
willing to suffer the bugs. There were a couple interface elements of note.
They replaced Kickoff with an interesting full screen ordeal with a document
time-line view called SimpleWelcome. Though many don't like the shifting
paradigm of including smart phone and tablet interfaces on a desktop, I found
its layout mostly comfortable on my tiny netbook. It is very reminiscent of
Gnome3. This was part of their new default Plasma panel called RocketBar. The
RocketBar is not terribly different from the upstream default, with the
exception of SimpleWelcome. I personally did like that their Task Manager was
designed so as to only show the application icon, and not a description. As I
am fond of docks, I liked this. This is something that should be integrated
into the Task Manager as a option.
When my friend first told me of Mandriva, he told me that it was all
the eye-candy and polish. This latest release was certainly a good example of
that. With a gorgeous new GTK based widget theme, and a simple but elegant
set of icons and window decoration Mandriva managed to distinguish itself. But
even before that, it is distinguished in its beautiful boot splash, KDM theme,
and finally the login splash. Here we can take some pointers seeing as the
presentation is encouraging to the new user. They see polish and anticipate a
professional distribution. It is of course not a major technological point...
but then success rarely comes to the best, but rather to the clever.
Have you seen Chakra's beautiful boot splash and new launcher
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