Exploring the KDE Plasma Netbook interface

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KDEThe latest K Desktop Environment, KDE, features two modes of interacting with the desktop – the classic Desktop interface and the Netbook interface. On recent KDE-based distributions that I have reviewed for this website, the default is the classic Desktop, but switching to the Netbook interface is an easy, few seconds process. I posted a few screenshots of the Netbook interface in a review of Kubuntu 10.10. In this article, I will present a detailed look at the features of this new interface type.

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To switch to the Netbook interface, launch System Settings and click on the Workspace icon (under Workspace Appearance and Behavior). The default Netbook interface is shown below.

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Default KDE Plasma Netbook interface


The interface is made of three sections – the Panel, the Bookmarks widgets area, and the Main (Menu) widgets area. Right-clicking on any part of the Netbook interface brings up a context menu, and one available option allows you to add more widgets.
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Netbook context options

A list of available widgets appears in a slider above the Bookmarks widgets area and you add widgets by drag and drop, or by double-clicking on a widget.

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Adding widgets

Newly added widgets are docked on the lower part of the main widget area.

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Docked widgets

To remove a widget from the Bookmarks area, just mouseover it and click on the “minus” icon.

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Removing an application from the Favorites

To bookmark an application, mouseover it and click on the bookmark button.

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Adding an application to the Favorites

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Abe
Abe
11 years ago

Very nice informative review of a cool netbook interface. I don’t have a netbook myself but I tried on my laptop and desktop. I think KDE really Rocks.

I tried it from USB on my wife’s netbook, Unfortunately, she can’t install it because it is her work netbook.

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