openSUSE:KDE ideas 11.4
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- Create/modify splash screens to match SUSE or disable them (Amarok, digiKam, showFoto).
- Branding for Konqueror man page viewer.
- Enable subpixel rendering by default https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=677417
- KDE native printer config https://features.opensuse.org/308045
- Default assignments for multimedia keys - play/pause, e-mail, www, favourites, media http://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=524734
- Disable Oxygen style animations, animated titlebar transition, and other animations triggering gfx-driver bugs and making KDE feel slow for the user (possibly fixed upstream)(cb400f)
- Replace "Show Dashboard" widget by "Show Desktop" widget in the panel, I understand, the "Show Desktop" is more useful.
- Add the lock/log out widget to the panel by default, people can't figure out howto logout/shutdown from the netbook shell. (cb400f)
- Add a good selection of default "favourites" (e.g. konsole, dolphin, kontact, systemsettings, firefox, oowriter, amarok, kaffeine). (cb400f)
- Review the default widgets. Knowledge base, OpenDesktop etc. are too KDE-fanboyish, and tend to be annoying because of being useless without authentification. (cb400f)
- Ship Aurélien Gâteau's plasma-widget-menubar. Widget — Required patches for Qt (kmi)
- Use Rekonq as the default web browser. Chakra and Kubuntu 10.10 adopted it with great success.
The feature matrix below focuses mainly on KDE-related features. For a full feature set (incl. supported web technologies) see Comparison of web browsers on Wikipedia.
Pros and Cons of using Rekonq
- Fully integrated into KDE’s Workspaces (Themes, KWallet, Bookmarks,...)
- Nightly builds (from KDE:/Unstable/Playground) are already rock solid
- Porting Firefox-KDE extension to FF4 unneeded.
- Fits better into the Netbook edition
- Saves live CD space compared to FF
- Ad Block, Click to execute Flash, and Web Inspector features are built into Rekonq without any need to fiddle with FF Extensions.
- Konqueror package needs to be split in order to outsource certain Rekonq-required components without installing all of Konqueror
- Make sure QtWebKit’s HTML5 audio and video tags work
- Some web pages are not still well rendered by Webkit engine, some plugins loading may fail in some pages: flash, java...
|Rendering Engine||Uses KDE Theme||Uses KDE's Open/Save Windows||Uses KDE's Notifications||Uses KDE's Bookmarks||Uses KDE's Cookie Manager||Uses KWallet to Save Passwords|
|Firefox||Gecko||Yes / It does via kcm_gtk wrapper with themes Oxygen-molecule or QtCurve||Yes||Yes||No||No||No / Extension in development  |
|Chromium||WebKit||Yes (widgets) / No (window decoration)||No||No||No||No||No|
Webbrowser media player plugin
Look into shipping a media player plugin by default - kaffeine-mozilla or VLC? MediaPlayerConnectivity? KMPlayer (using Phonon) for Konq? gecko-mediaplayer (implement its D-BUS API in Dragon Player?)?
netscape-plugin for kparts
In case 11.4 default will not be a kparts capable browser we could add http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=125066 as default, it currently lives in Playground (done by tittiacoke)
Ship VeroMix (and possibly use) by default 
New Packages to Include
- Phonon-vlc + as much of VLC as legally possible (cb400f) (performance discussion on Talk page)
- Kamoso - if the vlc requirements can be fulfilled (cb400f)
- Evaluate KBackup, LuckyBackup (other candidates?) for inclusion in the distro - maybe even default install if possible (cb400f)
- knights - you gotta have a chess game (cb400f)
- soundkonverter 1.0 - New KDE4 replacement of the old KDE3 version.
- kgmailnotifier - A easy and useful tool for people who just use the GMail webmail.
- Security Status plasmoid
- Firewall status
- AppArmor notifications
- Anti Virus
- Right click Image file -> Set as Wallpaper
- Samba sharing via right click context menus
- Ask for confirmation when removing FolderView widget - or maybe lock widgets by default - a lot of people seem to remove the folderview widget by accident and can't figure out how to get it back.
- sysinfo:/ and widget raid support
- Create an easy way to create desktop/panel shortcuts for items that don't exist in the KDE menu. KDE bug #170138
- Enhance krandrtray
- Bring back the KMenu app search text box from openSUSE KDE 3.5
- Bring back Kickoff's ability to do simple math operations
- Disable the screensaver when watching movies on Kaffeine, Flash player, etc
- Make sysinfo:/ to open links to locations on Dolphin, or at least, with Konqueror in File Management view profile.
- Maybe remove KsCD from default installation since Amarok and Kaffeine play audio CDs too. (avoid "bloat")
- Maybe remove xsane from default installation, skanlite is also installed. (avoid "bloat")
- Arora - either drop it completely or move it to KDE:Extra - should be replaced by rekonq
- Drop KNetworkManager to avoid confusion with plasmoid-networkmanagement
- Polish YaST Qt Control Center – e.g. hide or dim modules of non-selected categories, add a bit more space between modules, use a bigger font for module descriptions, etc. (cb400f)