Partner links

Exploring the KDE Plasma Netbook interface

knetbook22

By default, the panel is locked. Unlock it by right-clicking and selecting Unlock Panel.

knetbook8

Unlocking the panel

Right-clicking on the unlocked panel brings up more options.

knetbook9

Locking the panel

The Netbook interface appears to be designed to stay out of your way. For example, when an application is in use, and the application’s window is maximized, the Panel will auto-hide. This is elegant because it allows use of 100% of the available desktop space. This becomes especially important when you are using this on a computer with a small screen size, like a netbook or tablet PC.

knetbook12

Panel auto hide

When you mouseover an application’s title bar (the search bar for a Web browser), the Panel will become visible. By default, applications, like a Web browser, will open in fullscreen view (maximized). When the Panel becomes visible on mouseover, you may then toggle fullscreen view, or close the application.

knetbook13

Panel visible, window fullscreen toggling and close button

I think the main feature, and perhaps the coolest of the KDE Plasma Netbook interface, is Search and Launch, or SAL. Type a Web address into the search box, and the default Web browser will appear in the main widget area. Clicking on it will launch the browser and take you to the address that you typed. Type “mail,” and all applications that have anything to do with mail, or email, will appear in the main widget area. It is truly cool. Me likes.

knetbook20

Search and Launch in action

Searching for “music” on the Plasma Netbook workspace calls up all the music-related applications installed.

knetbook21

SAL in action

Share:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn

Partner links

Newsletter: Subscribe for updates

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
4 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
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.

Get the latest

On social media

Security distros

Hacker
Linux distros for hacking and pentesting

Crypto mining OS

Bitcoin
Distros for mining bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

Crypto hardware

MSI GeForce GTX 1070
Installing Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU drivers on Ubuntu

Disk guide

LVM
Beginner's guide to disks & disk partitions in Linux

Bash guide

Bash shell terminal
How to set the PATH variable in Bash
Categories
Archives
4
0
Hya, what do you think? Please comment.x
()
x