Is the use of the KDE4 base a good idea for the next shell?

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Is the use of the KDE4 base a good idea for the next shell?

Post by V!NCENT » Thu Aug 07, 2008 7:46 pm

If you are going to have a new shell, then why not design it on top of KDE4 Plasma? The Plasma desktop is extremely flexible. It supports scalable vector graphics (nice thing to have when scaling up the desktop as you can do with XP), OpenGL graphics (for a Vista style ReactOS desktop) and everything is a widget (nice for a 'skinned' XP interface and Vista gadgets). The KDE4 Window manager is also OpenGL, so you can create the Vista 'scroll through windows' effects. KDE4 ofcourse also allows 2D rendering for the older interfaces (XP and earlyer).

It would be nice to see the option, just like in XP and Vista, that allows you to have a classic-, XP- or Vista desktop.

I have no clue to wether KDE4 can even be intergatable into ReactOS though. So please enlighten me :)

What are your thoughts on this?

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Re: Is the use of the KDE4 base a good idea for the next shell?

Post by Haos » Fri Aug 08, 2008 12:38 am

Whole KDE4 is in early beta, read some LinuxHater`s blog entries on that. Speaking of windows port, its really a failure. It is not going to be trully native, at least not in this decade. They are using QT instead, thus lessen performance and increased mem usage. I wouldn`t touch it with a 10ft pole.

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Re: Is the use of the KDE4 base a good idea for the next shell?

Post by FlyingIsFun1217 » Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:04 am

Nasty KDE4, nastynastynasty!

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Re: Is the use of the KDE4 base a good idea for the next shell?

Post by z180 » Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:41 pm

I liked KDE 2.2 but this is some time ago.

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Re: Is the use of the KDE4 base a good idea for the next shell?

Post by GoBusto » Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:22 pm

If I wanted to use KDE then I would use Linux.

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Re: Is the use of the KDE4 base a good idea for the next shell?

Post by oiaohm » Tue Aug 12, 2008 1:52 pm

Haos. KDE 4 on windows is not that much slower than at lot of other applications on windows.

Particularly other ones built with the Visual Studio C++ wrapper around the windows api. Ok wrapper less programs faster.

Mem usage expand is basically equal from Visual Studio C++ wrapper and using QT. So no worse. I am currently running sections of it.

Replacement to the desktop completely is still a few years off for windows. Most KDE 4 applications should be across to windows by end of year.

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Re: Is the use of the KDE4 base a good idea for the next shell?

Post by jcfuller » Tue Aug 12, 2008 4:09 pm

I noticed "D" doing a port of SWT. Is this a feasible direction for ReactOS??

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Re: Is the use of the KDE4 base a good idea for the next shell?

Post by Z98 » Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:40 pm

Umm, what exactly do you mean by "feasible?" If you mean "port SWT," I'm not sure there's a need as once we can run the Java runtime, we get SWT. If you mean port the SWT API to C or something like that, that's well beyond the scope of this project.

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Re: Is the use of the KDE4 base a good idea for the next shell?

Post by oiaohm » Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:23 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_W ... tside_Java

Its SWT C++ for windows not ported to other platforms yet. And D is also native D.

I think SWT usage inside reactos still would be the same as using C++ special case needed.

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