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Google Gadgets Join Dashboard Widgets As KDE Plasmoids

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the kde-where-everything-is-possible dept.

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Balinares writes "As another sign of Google's growing interest in the Linux desktop, according to a Google developer, the Linux implementation of Google Gadgets will be able to run natively as KDE Plasmoids. After Mac OS X Dashboard widgets, this is the second major widget library to be supported in KDE Plasma."

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This is kool (0, Troll)

halivar (535827) | more than 5 years ago | (#23682805)

I kan't wait to install koogle kadgets on my desktop.

Oh, wait. I forgot. I hate Google Gadgets, and I'm not interested in this at all. Never mind.

But at least it's good to see KDE get some lovin' from the big boys.

Re:This is kool (4, Funny)

JohnSearle (923936) | more than 5 years ago | (#23682887)

But at least it's good to see KDE get some lovin' from the big boys.
Given that the Google representative is named Dong Tiger there is definitely some jokes to be found here.

- John

Re:This is kool (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 5 years ago | (#23683511)

It's not actually a name, it's a subtle Jedi mind-trick to help accelerate the natural selection processes weed out the weak.

PS - In Soviet Russia, Siberian Tiger Dong You!!

Re:This is kool (1)

WaXHeLL (452463) | more than 5 years ago | (#23685837)

My roommate in college knew a girl named Mai Dong.

Oh that must have been terrible growing up.

Re:This is kool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23683159)

Then shouldn't you shut the hell up and go comment on something you *are* interested in, fuckpants?

Usefulness? (1)

yumyum (168683) | more than 5 years ago | (#23682835)

I use an Apple PowerBook G4 all day, and I rarely bring up Dashboard. Sometimes I will bring up Dictionary or PCalc, but usually I will use an application instead. Do others find widgets useful? What are they?

Re:Usefulness? (1)

oneiros27 (46144) | more than 5 years ago | (#23682973)

I've learned to hate them.

When they first came out, they seemed to bring up their last state, and then update ... so you'd have a weather widget, and it'd show you 2 day old weather when you brought it up until it got its update. Now, it shows a blank widget, and doesn't seem to give you control until it's updated. Needless to say, this makes the calculator widget useless when I'm flying and it refuses to give me control until its update times out.

I'd love to find a way to disable it completely, so it doesn't suck down extra memory if I'm not going to use it.

Re:Usefulness? (2, Informative)

mccalli (323026) | more than 5 years ago | (#23682987)

Do others find widgets useful? What are they?

Yep - I use the converter several times a day, I use the Tube travel status (London Underground) map to check things before leaving and I use four instances of the clock widget to track time in the various zones I need to interact with.


Re:Usefulness? (3, Informative)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 5 years ago | (#23683121)

Do others find widgets useful? What are they?

Now that Widgets are fast to appear and disappear (after the first load) and no longer suck (resources constantly) I find myself using a number of them. Many are default widgets even:

  • Business - yellowpages, being able to get the closest indian food delivery and make the number giant on my screen is really convenient. It's even faster than opening a new tab and using the Web.
  • People - whitepages, nice and quick. I used this to find someone's phone number the other day when I found their wallet.
  • Simpletimer - just to set a timer and get notified. This is great for lunch in 20 minutes type things.
  • Unit Converter - quick way to convert units, nice around the house or when I'm somewhere without internet access.
  • Weather - a nice, quick weather report and forecast including radar images.

Sure I could run separate applications for all these, but they are lightweight and pulling them all up with a key and dismissing them just as quickly is pretty convenient. I basically think of Widgets as a single, customizable, catch-all application that keeps my dock less cluttered.

Re:Usefulness? (2, Interesting)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 5 years ago | (#23683143)

Oops, I forgot an important one. TheDailyGrind is great for tracking how much time you're putting in on different projects. It is essential for a contractor with multiple jobs and good for accounting for your time at a regular job too.

Re:Usefulness? (2, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#23683287)

You can make any and all widgets fast to appear and disappear on linux by using compiz with the desktop widgets layer plugin. You can specify windows by the usual rules (class, title, et cetera) and they get snarfed into that layer and no longer appear anywhere else. This is a minor annoyance, because it doesn't offer an option to automatically switch to the widget layer when specific programs are launched. This would be nice, so that for example when you launch the gdesklets config app (which I have set to go to the widget layer) you go to the widgets layer automatically.

Re:Usefulness? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23685595)

I use screenlets in gnome. I open the ones I like and keep them all on their own face of my desktop cube. They're out of the way until I need them and I can leave that face up when I leave so I can see my computer's state at a glance.

Re:Usefulness? (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 5 years ago | (#23683297)

I find most of them useless but

I have weather, calendar, a couple of sticky notes, and an airport monitor. The airport monitor is the best lightest weight one I have come across and displays quite a bit of info about available wireless in range, without loading up a more capable app.

Re:Usefulness? (1)

DrOct (883426) | more than 5 years ago | (#23683351)

I use a widget on dashboard to check local weather conditions/forcasts fairly often (I use a third party widget that gives me conditions at a site near my house rather than the one OSX comes with which is somewhat less accurate). I use the calculator fair often, and it can be a decent way to check movie times when you want to do that. There are also some widgets that are hooked up to RSS feeds, though I dont' use those too much anymore. Finally there is the Hypnotoad widget. All glory to the Hypnotoad!

Re:Usefulness? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23683385)

I agree, now that Linux has a better implementation of the concept, they are useless.

Re:Usefulness? (1)

analog_line (465182) | more than 5 years ago | (#23683589)

The only Dashboard widgets I ever use are the weather report, and the flight tracker, but that's obviously only when I need to track a flight, which isn't often.

I don't like the way Dashboard works. For using a calculator, I find it much more useful to just put Calculator.app in the dock. If the Dashboard were implemented more in the manner of Gnome/KDE panels, or into the top menu bar (like, click the little flight tracker icon, or calculator icon, or whatever in the menu bar to activate the widget to pop up, kinda like ye olde desk accessories) then I'd certainly make use of it. I haven't seen Plasma, but if they're copying Dashboard in any way I'll probably be avoid that too, if I ever bother with KDE 4.

Re:Usefulness? (3, Informative)

lbbros (900904) | more than 5 years ago | (#23686703)

'd certainly make use of it. I haven't seen Plasma, but if they're copying Dashboard in any way I'll probably be avoid that too, if I ever bother with KDE 4.

For clarity's sake, notice that the goal of Plasma is far more ambitious than Dashboard. Plasmoids/Applets (native Plasma widgets) are meant to interact with the rest of the desktop. They can be used to stay pretty there, but also to actually carry out tasks (the part that displays folders on the desktop is an applet itself. Applets can be grouped in containers (containments; even the panel/taskbar is one of them), and some of these containers can be used to separate the desktop into different "activities" that can be accessed by zooming out of a containment and in in another.

Hope this puts things into perspective.

Disclaimer: I'm neither a KDE nor a Plasma developer, just one of the contributors of the FAQ.

I stuck with Konfabulator/Yahoo Widgets (2, Interesting)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#23683865)

* They're more portable - they run in Windows or OS X.
* They have MUCH less overhead. Some dashboard widgets have a CPU% in the double digets while Dashboard is open!
* They're not constrained to the dashboard.

I have a feeling that part of the reason that Apple stuck their widgets on the dashboard was because the overhead of webkit doing AJAXy things to try and look lickable is so high. The layout engine Konfabulator introduced is much lighter weight. Whatever the reason, I found I was never using the Dashboard so I went back to Konfabulator. I used Tinkertool to disable the Dashboard completely, who needs the overhead?

When are they going to emulate Konfabulator under KDE? Hmmm?

Re:Usefulness? (1)

archkittens (1272770) | more than 5 years ago | (#23684475)

Now that im all graduated, i can bitch and moan about this without fear of repercussions....

Dashboard widgets are a pain to have to work with in a school environment where the kids use buggy, crapwaredgets that do things as varied and useful as poorly simulating a basketball game, or poorly simulating an actual implementation of the breakout concept, or just being stupid and cluttering the screen. it all amounts to situations where the teacher will attempt to access the somewhat useful default functionality of the dashboard, the iMac will lock up, and i'd get called out of class to come fix it, because i made the mistake of having a reputation for knowing what i'm doing...

now i just have to hope the teacher doesnt have my cell number by the time NEXT year's students add all their crap on...

Re:Usefulness? (1)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 5 years ago | (#23684567)

In KDE4 with simple shortcuts for show plasmoids and got rid of the taskbar ect.

I hope to use an extra mouse button so that is is a mouse only thing (if I am moving the mouse anyway, my hand is there).

Being able to mouse button access to my start button, a few key folders, and whatever else will be great (as it seems, even using the keyboard).

This is different than the dashboard that doesn't actually save screen space.

HTML Widgets only (1)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#23684377)

According to the Plasma FAQ only pure HTML Dashboard Widgets can run as Plasmoids. This is not surprising :) but do keep it in mind.

Re:HTML Widgets only (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 5 years ago | (#23684755)

I believe the OS X Widgets and the Google Gears widgets are being called via JS for this reason.

Re:HTML Widgets only (1)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#23684891)

I'm not sure what you're getting at.

Pure HTML Widgets use Javascript for their active content, of course. The point is that Widgets that contain non-JS scripts or native code will, as one might expect, not run as plasmoids.
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