about the two years, under kde3 or kde4?
if you don't like the taskbar, just set it to autohide or remove it and use alternatives, there is a couple of those plasmoids
Under KDE3 - which afforded the illusion
of transparency, but still couldn't deliver the real thing (true transparency, which is the effect I seek.).
Autohiding in KDE4 is worrying me - those tales of the taskbar never coming back from hiding, et al. I do wish to make use of it, but I can't run the risk of the taskbar panel suddenly deciding to go on a permanent vacation! Neither do I wish for half/all of the icons in it vanishing suddenly, such as the experience I had with SuSE 11.2 recently....
Why is the taskbar panel in KDE4 so bloody problematic, and what are
the alternatives, anyway? Most of the 'docks' I've seen are either huge or enormous, in comparison - I like
the taskbar; it's the most important part of the whole desktop, to me, and I must learn how to make it behave in the manner I seek. Because the original EeePC has such a low-res display, I need to make the taskbar as unobtrusive as possible, yet fully-functional in all ways.
It takes about 15 seconds here and my machine is not even close to be fast... What I have noticed is... IF you have the gtk-oxygen-molecule installed - you have no problem with thunderbird and firefox BUT your gtk applications are taking ages to come up. BUT if you have gtk-qt-engine installed BUT set to use qt-curve instead of KDE theme it all looks nice / you dont have problems with firefox and thunderbird / and the gtk applications are 10 times faster...
Could this be... Dont know... You tell me .
I haven't got a clue, Andy; you're referring to matters of which I am not yet aware of - all I really wish to do here is to tame the bloody taskbar. The installation is both stock, and fresh: a spare 4GB drive; basic Minime09 install, then full updating; switchover to KDE4, then updated again - and now sitting still pretty much in that state, aside from my ham-fisted efforts at 'customising' the appearance of the blasted thing. So; whatever the devs have graciously given us is still there, in the configuration they had intended - and at this point, I wouldn't have clue zero regarding how to go about switching the graphics engine anyway.
All I wish to do right now is to make the taskbar completely transparent - that's it. So far, aside from the background for the 'Notifications and Jobs' button I've managed to clear out the system tray already, but the taskbar panel itself remains resistant to all of my efforts. The KDE manual that JohnW had directed me towards was indeed helpful; however, I'm discovering that the theming layout in our PCLinuxOS KDE4 variant does not seem to be set up in the KDE way that the manual describes. PCLinuxOS seems to be doing it in a different way somehow, so at this point I am hoping that some dev who was directly involved with such may kindly step forward and point me towards the appropriate direction.