Smooth Tasks
Plasma 4 Extensions
Score 93%
Description:

This is a fork of mbaszczewskis STasks plasmoid. For the original STasks code go there:
http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/STasks?content=99739

This taskbar replacement has window peeking similar to Windows 7 when you use the kwin 'highlight window' effect. Even if this effect is not used you can click the tooltip in order to activate the corresponding window.

About Launcher Support, Grouping and Sorting:
A feature often requested in the comments is support for launchers and a more comprehensive context menu. Because the information about which task items there are, their grouping, sorting and state (minimized, demands attention, is active, ...) and even their context menu is all provided by libtaskmanager, such feature requests should be directed to kdelibs. I wrote a wishlist entry in the kde bugtracker for these features: https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=207902 If you want this feature vote for this wish.

Update:
Launcher support exists in KDE 4.6. I will incorporate this feature once KDE 4.6 is available in Fedora (and I have time).


Update 2:
I pulled all changes made by flupp and jimi312, which amongst other things add launcher support. You can download the most recent source directly from the mercurial repository:
https://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/get/tip.tar.bz2

However, because I experienced some bugs with the launcher support (sometimes they are shown when the associated app is running and sometimes they are not shown when the associated app is not running) I did not make a new release yet. If I can find the bugs in a few hours tomorrow (2nd Apr 2011) or flupp/jimi312 fix them I will make a new release. I don't know how much time I have to work on Smooth Tasks. :/

Update 3:
The mentioned bugs concerning launchers seem also to be present with KDE's original taskbar, so I think the bug lies in libtaskmanager and not in Smooth Tasks.

Bugreports and Wishes:
http://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/issues/

Packages:
Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora have official packages.

Fedora:
sudo yum install kde-plasma-smooth-tasks

And to get meaningful backtraces:
sudo debuginfo-install kde-plasma-smooth-tasks

Note: I didn't check the validity of any of these packages!

Poll: Which Layout should stay?
I have created a poll about which of the various layouts supported by Smooth Tasks should be kept and which I can drop:
http://twtpoll.com/dm5m96

Please participate in this poll so I know whether I have to bother with supporting all of the currently provided layouts. In case you do not use multiple rows please choose the first option. In this case most layouts should look the same anyway.
Last changelog:

7 years ago

wip 2010-11-06:
FIX: drop whole groups onto pager (removed workaround for KDE < 4.5 which could not handle groups at all)
FIX: when dragging a task only a tiny bit it's position was not reset
Maybe FIX: a very rare tooltip positioning bug (I have o wait if it reoccurs)

wip 2010-11-05 update 1:
FIX: fixed unwanted highlight behaviour change which reintroduces flickering :(

wip 2010-11-05:
FIX: tooltip appearance and background blur under KDE 4.5 (someone once sent me a patch for this but I cant find this message any more so I figured it out myself by looking at KDE sources)
FIX: less flickering for the kwin highlight effect

wip 2010-02-27:
FIX: less flickering for the window preview effect because I removed the kwin highlight effect bug workaround (that bug was obviously fixed in kde 4.4)
FIX: crash when right-click on startup item, thanks to anonymous

wip 2010-02-13 update 2:
FIX: hopefully fixed bug concerning missing taskbar entries

For the full list of changes see:
http://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/src/tip/ChangeLog

steampoweredlawngnome

7 years ago

Shouldn't that be 2010-02-13 rather than 2009?

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IPStifles

7 years ago

Shouldn't you have read 3 posts above yours before nitpicking, so that you might have avoided redundancy? ;-)

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ressletr

7 years ago

Does anyone have a already compiled version for Ubuntu 10.04. I am running Mint Linux 8 and when I upgraded my system it seems to have broken the dependencies for kde-devel. Every thing else on my computer works fine, does anyone by chance have a precompiled version of this for KDE 4.4 and is a deb package?

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chareos

7 years ago

Would someone be able to pack this jewel for Opensuse 11.2 / 11.3 ?

Can't wait to try it
Can't really compile :p

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TheBlackCat

7 years ago

This has been available in the opensuse KDE4 community repositories for a long time now.

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IPStifles

7 years ago

FYI, you put "2009" instead of "2010" in the name of the tarball you just released: smooth-tasks-src-wip-2009-02-13-2.tar.bz2

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panzi

7 years ago

Oh indeed. Thanks for noticing.

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bjb1959

7 years ago

I upgraded to kde 4.4 and smooth tasks breaks the plasma desktop and causes it to crash hard to a point where I have to log in on GNOME and delete the smooth tasks line from the plasma-desktop-appletsrc file to get kde back. I tried compiling which worked for a little while but then it started crashing again so I had to remove it.

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ShadowBelmolve

7 years ago

have you really recomplied? here after I've recompiled I don't got any problem

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bjb1959

7 years ago

I compiled against kde 4.4 and it worked for a little while but then started crashing plasma and all you have is a black screen until you log into a different window manager and remove the line in the config file.

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panzi

7 years ago

Did you use the newest version? Can you post (a link to) a stacktrace?

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OdinEidolon

7 years ago

If anybody is interested, I fixed the plasma crash at startup just by installing smooth-tasks from AUR (I use Archlinux), without even uninstalling the previous version. This worked out of the box. 2010-13-2 is on AUR at the moment.
Don't ask me why this works tho :D

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molecule-eye

7 years ago

Using the launchpad ppa in the description and installing kde-plasma-smooth-tasks still causes the widget to crash when attempting to add it to the panel. This is in KDE 4.4. Is it just my set up? Is there a configuration file that perhaps needs deleting?

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KDesk

7 years ago

That is becasue smooth-tasks has to be compiled against KDE 4.4 (don't know why)

I installed a smooth-tasks package from this PPA https://launchpad.net/~g-christ/+archive/ppa and it works in Kubuntu 9.10 with the KDE 4.4 PPA

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molecule-eye

7 years ago

Hey that worked, thanks! (And there's even a newer version of rekonq in that PPA.)

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juancho

7 years ago

it still crashes even when compiled against 4.4. A user on Mandriva forums reported that it worked fine with 20100212 but started to crash with 20100213.

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mikala

7 years ago

it's working without problem here.
(on current cooker )

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juancho

7 years ago

Hi mikala,

I did the backport to 2010 and it is crashing for me and for another user on the forum:

http://forum.mandriva.com/viewtopic.php?p=780532#780532

Can you try on a 2010 box ?

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juancho

7 years ago

btw, happy birthday :)

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mikala

7 years ago

If i understand the user is using kde 4.4 and your « backported » version which is build against kde 4.3 (remember that the backport are using package only available for 2010.0 in mandriva's repository) so it's definitly not going to work.
You need to rebuild them using -devel package for the kde 4.4 of 2010.0 to make it work correctly.
Which kde 4.4 are you using? build by yourself ? or from ftp.kde.org (build by neoclust) ?

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juancho

7 years ago

You're totally right, I'm using KDE 4.4 from KDE FTP, but I didn't notice that "little" detail :p

Forget this comment and sorry about the noise.

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mayhem

7 years ago

Hello!

Can You tell me where can I find the last version's source code which works with my KDE 4.3.x?
Thanks!

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panzi

7 years ago

I linked the source of the last version working I know that works with KDE 4.3.

For your convenience:
http://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/get/165e00225d06.bz2

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mayhem

7 years ago

Thank You!

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mreloads

7 years ago

Glad to see that this project is still alive. At the moment, I see no real replacement for this.

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7 years ago

wip 2010-11-06:
FIX: drop whole groups onto pager (removed workaround for KDE < 4.5 which could not handle groups at all)
FIX: when dragging a task only a tiny bit it's position was not reset
Maybe FIX: a very rare tooltip positioning bug (I have o wait if it reoccurs)

wip 2010-11-05 update 1:
FIX: fixed unwanted highlight behaviour change which reintroduces flickering :(

wip 2010-11-05:
FIX: tooltip appearance and background blur under KDE 4.5 (someone once sent me a patch for this but I cant find this message any more so I figured it out myself by looking at KDE sources)
FIX: less flickering for the kwin highlight effect

wip 2010-02-27:
FIX: less flickering for the window preview effect because I removed the kwin highlight effect bug workaround (that bug was obviously fixed in kde 4.4)
FIX: crash when right-click on startup item, thanks to anonymous

wip 2010-02-13 update 2:
FIX: hopefully fixed bug concerning missing taskbar entries

For the full list of changes see:
http://bitbucket.org/panzi/smooth-tasks/src/tip/ChangeLog

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