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------- Additional Comments From raditzman yahoo com 2007-01-26 16:29 -------
Perhaps one should start thinking about an "universal" sidebar, separated of konqueror or any other app, in which when each 'link' was clicked (wether a mount point in 'media' sidebar, or a 'news' in a 'akregator' sidebar, or a music in amarok sidebar, the respective kpart should expand to the side to show the relevant information/functionality, or the relevant dcop action get executed (for amarok).
That is, not opening konqueror for file browsing in the first case, or konqueror for web browsing in the second but embebing the kparts if necessary, or just acting upon the system via dcop/dbus.
This is so that you don't just get a 'nice' shortcut list, but a true comprehensive and global universal toolbox... If you really then want to open it as an application, maybe you may have a button which shows 'launch <app>', but this is one area I still don't know how to work out, I think we need more brainstorming regarding the role of apps, tools, toolboxes, and universal toolbox and everything about desktop usability and the best "way" to use a computer to do what you want, as effortless and seamless as possible... I think we should investigate our competitors for that, namely the google sidebar, aswell the vista (if they haven't taken it out, that is).
p.s. - nice discussion, by the way.
p.p.s.- some obvious candidates for being in such an universal toolbox would be new mail messages, new to-dos, calendar, clock, rss reader, music player, app launchers, trafic analyzer, etc. This is definitely sounding more and more like Next, eh? I guess we have to discard the idea of the taskbar all together , because it shouldn't matter for the user if the app is running or not, only that when he when he wants to use it, its there, and when its not its not ocupping more than the space it did previously... I think that was the idea behing the squares of NEXT and icons of macox. This discussion might have to go to the brainstorm area of things. When will we have that ??????