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Month: February 2012

Additional kcontrol applets from 3.5.12 - not in current 3.5.13

From: "David C. Rankin" <drankinatty@...>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 15:08:33 -0600

   Reviewing my current Trinity 3.5.12 desktop at work, I have found a number 
of additional useful kcontrol applets that are not in the current 3.5.13. I'm 
not saying they are needed, but for discussion, here they are. Basically a 
diff of the entries is:

(in 3.5.12 Archlinux - Albert Vaca build)

Appearance & Themes
   KSM Theme Manager

Internet & Network
   Local Network Chat
   Network Interfaces
   Wireless Network
   Zeroconf Service Discovery

   CD-ROM Information
   ICC Color Profile
   USB Devices

Power Control
   Laptop Battery

   Many of these hold very useful information from /proc and /etc in a tabular 
layout (eg: Peripherals/Partitions). I don't know if these are/were standard 
of some distro specific addons, but they were most likely not arch additions. 
I have updated the side-by-side comparison to include this layout. The 
side-by-side now has kcontrol layouts for:

[3.5.10-suse] [3.5.12-arch] [3.5.13-current] [My Suggestions]

   I took a few screenshots to show what I saw in the 3.5.12 kcontrol:

   Screenshots of the Appearance & Themes - Internet & Network are shown here:

   Nothing pressing and I'm not necessarily arguing for their inclusion. But 
if you guys that make decisions on what goes in and what doesn't like 
something you see, I'm certain we could probably track the sources down.

   The one that did catch my eye was 'Zeroconf Service Discovery'. With the 
new uses for avahi for iphone printing, etc., it might be nice to have an 
interface to it in kcontrol. I tested the current build and it will need 
tweaking. On Arch, the /usr/share/avahi_enabe '1' no longer exists. So the 
package would need updating by the distro maintainers to work with the version 
of avahi they ship.

David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.