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Month: February 2014

Re: [trinity-devel] UUGH! Desktop Icons open in DOLPHIN -- really?

From: "David C. Rankin" <drankinatty@...>
Date: Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:29:19 -0600
On 02/03/2014 06:06 PM, David C. Rankin wrote:
> On 02/03/2014 04:58 PM, Darrell Anderson wrote:
>> Which reminds me of a discussion we had a long time ago: which apps 
>> should be the defaults for opening different types of files. We 
>> never concluded that discussion or decided anything.
> I think we even started an etherpad on the topic. I'll look. The issue is ripe
> for R14 and very important. Especially for setting the order of helper
> applications in file-association. Image files are the worst. You have about 10
> choices all jumbled together. Then whether to preview or launch and external
> application.
> I'll report back on whether I found the etherpad. If not, let's just put our
> heads together and go through the file-associations and come up with a sane
> default strategy.


  I checked the etherpad and I think the etherpad index is fried. I can't find
any of the older pages. I managed to find the old kcontrol reorganization
etherpad just by virtue of it being in my bookmarks, but nothing before #40. I
did find a couple of old posts about defaults for kdeglobals and using the [win]
key for desktop switching from 2011, eg:

Walk Through Desktops=Win+Tab
Walk Through Desktops(Reverse)=Win+Shift+Tab

Maximize Window=Win+Shift+Up
Maximize Window Vertically=Win+Up
Minimize Window=Win+Down

Switch to Next Desktop=Win+Right
Switch to Previous Desktop=Win+Left

Window to Next Desktop=Win+Alt+Right
Window to Previous Desktop=Win+Alt+Left

  Found the default "Centered" or "Smart" window placement thread from early 2012.

  The argument about single-click or double-click defaults from the same time frame.

  The patch to change knemo default backend from NetTools to Sys (kernel) that
doesn't look like was ever applied...

  The increase in the default konqueror Meta-Preview Image size

  But nothing about setting default apps. So it looks like we will have to start


Text documents - I vote kwite over kate. If you are clicking on a text file 99
times out of 100 you are doing it to open a single text file and not something
to include in a project.

Images - open in kview (fast as lightning - not the best on autozoom with middle
mouse, but a reasonable trade-off, gwenview KolourPaint, ShowPhoto, Krita, etc.
are all more full featured apps, better for working with multiple images, but
slower with more overhead.

Sound files - Noatun or kaboodle (for same reasons) amarok, etc. are more full
featured, but much slower/larger (Noatun slightly more file formats supported)

Videos - mplayer or kaffeine. kaffeine much faster, but mplayer is not a bad 2nd.

What are your thoughts?

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