Well I know I have already declared this thread is solved...... but after spending several hours mucking aroound with my recent 2010 install I have come to the conclusion that Texstar does a much better job with the kde setup for new users than my tweaking of the old /home partition I saved. I now have 2 ids set up, one with my old /home on a seperate partition and the other an id I created to play with where the /home is not in it's own partition. I MUCH prefer the setup of the new (mostly empty) partition. Specifically it has things like:
- an icon on the panel that will minimize all windows
- there are two groups of icons on the panel.... to the left are icons for; Dolphin, PC, Synaptic, etc., and smaller icons to the right (i think that's the taskbar?) are for sound, network, logout, etc. .... I have only been able to get all icons on the left or right.
- there are desktop icons on the new setup that I would also like on my /home partition setup; Home, Trash, Network Center, etc.
What I am wondering is, is it feasible to copy a kde configuration file from the /home with Texstar's much nicer standard 2010 KDE settings to my old /home partition?
The problem is that copying one
file won't help. A lot of the panel settings appear to be in the file /home/<user>/.kde4/share/config/plasma-desktop-appletsrc
, but most of the widgets have their own configuration files too. You could try copying all of /home/<user>/.kde4/share/config
. (If that isn't enough you should perhaps also copy /home/<user>/.kde4/share/apps
Or you could copy the whole ~/.kde4
directory, but there won't be much left of your own settings then. And be aware that if you use Kmail
, all your mails will be under ~/.kde4/share/apps/kmail
(You'll also find some settings -- and your main trash folder -- in ~/.local
, and more application settings in ~/.cache
, and in the hidden folders created by individual programs. "~" stands for /home/<user>
Some of the icons in Tex's panel are widgets that you can add to your panel the way I told you about when I recommended Smooth Tasks
. The rest of them are application icons that you could add by right-clicking the name or description of the program in the PC-menu and choosing "Add to Panel".
If you have a task manager on the panel (whether Smooth Tasks
or plain Task Manager
) it will take up all free space, so it acts as a natural separator: the icons and widgets you drag to the left of it will be on the left hand side of the panel; those that you drag to the right will be on the right. (You can also add spacers to the panel to control their placement more precisely.)
The area with the smaller icons is the System Tray
(that too just a widget).