Kuartet Desktop v0.4.0.1
Author: Clarence Pearson
The Kuartet Desktop is a completely customizable desktop shell built on top of KDE using Superkaramba and Python.
Download and extract kuartet-0.4.0.1.tar.gz
1. open a terminal and change to the extracted directory
2. copy kuartetlib/ to /usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/
3. make directory /usr/share/kuartet or /usr/local/share/kuartet
4. copy the following directories into the directory you just made
Kuartet Applets reside in the apps/ directory. You can copy this directory anywhere in your home folder. There is an issue with permissions if you try to run the .theme file in a directory where the user does not have write permission.
Open any of the applets in the apps/ directory. If you encounter a problem, open a terminal, change to the apps/ directory, and run superkaramba from there. Post the error message here or email me.
The Desktopbar resides at the top of the screen and provides simple Desktop related functions (Log out/Lock Screen, a pager, and Show Desktop).
The Taskbar provides a taskbar and System Tray. Clicking the icons shows/hides the applets.
The Sidebar provides an interface to simple applets. So far, I've included a simple clock, analog clock, run/search input box, a system monitor, and a trash applet.
The Manager provides access to bookmarks (konqueror and firefox bookmark support to come), applications, and recent documents.
To configure Kuartet, right click on any Kuartet applet and click Configure...
You could also run the scripts manually. They reside in configdialogs/.
Config files are saved to ~/.kuartet/settings/.
The following projects were a valuable resource:
SymphonyOS (provided me w/ basic idea of using corners and desktop space)
If you do have any troubles, ideas, artwork, or just want to chat, don't mind dropping a line at email@example.com.
CALL TO DEVELOPERS:
If you have experience with Superkaramba and/or Python and would like to become a member of the Kuartet Desktop Project, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The project has reached a point where it's becoming more difficult for me to maintain a reasonable pace of development by myself and I would appreciate any help. Thanks.
11 years ago
- Trash plugin supports drag-n-drop.
- Changed DesktopBar menu to display KMenu. This allows for access to applications if the Manager is not running.
- Made a few class adjustments in kuartetlib.
- Restructured directory layout.
- Added Sidebar applet and ported older applet as Sidebar plugins.
- Cleaned up Manager's appearance.
- Added DesktopBar and Taskbar applets.
- Other minor fixes that I can't remember.
added pane class. applets can dynamically load 'plugins' now
Merged Applications, Recent Docs, Places, and Website into one
Clock and Monitor Applets are inspired by Adrien Vermeulen's Aero AIO.
Finalized on applets to include:
No longer using KIconLoader to load icons due to some performance issues. Now using findIcon function from kroller.sez. Did a complete rewrite of Theme Config gui so that it no longer depends on PyKDE (and no longer crashes on exit)
Now reads the contents of the KMenu instead of using a text file to define menus. Cleaned up the look a bit. Can now traverse up to 4 levels of menus instead of just two.
Places.theme and WebSite.theme:
Added a graphical config tool to add, edit, and remove places.