openSUSE 10.2 beta 1 has recently been released and one of the highlights of this release is Kickoff — the revolutionary and redesigned KDE menu for openSUSE 10.2.
on first glance, one would already notice that it’s not the traditional KDE menu. it looks pretty stylish too. but it’s not just all eye candy. in fact they’ve done a study to come up with this totally new and redesigned menu. although this is still under heavy development, i find the usability of Kickoff, as of now, already very good for my taste. Kickoff provides a lot of things you need to get things started with just a few clicks and without overdoing it.
and how, you ask, could i say this confidently?
because i already have it on my SLED 10. “Kickoff season” for me started about 2 days ago.
there is just one thing that i don’t like about Kickoff though. it is the designers’ philosopohy of “get to that application or document with the least number of mouse clicks as much as possible.”
while this is convenient, it would also be a case for annoyance. imagine “tripping” on hotspots all over the menu! we do hate pop-ups, right? if you’re not following me, well it’s like this. see those tabs at the bottom? hovering your mouse pointer on it will tell Kickoff to switch to that tab. hover your mouse on the search box and it will assume that you want to search for something.
but of course Kickoff is still in development stages. feedback is one of the things that these developers need. so i hope the SUSE KDE team could probably include an option to turn off the “mouse hover thingy.” i don’t mind the clicks at all.
kudos to the SUSE KDE developers for this wonderful menu. finally it’s something we can be proud of! (i just find the traditional KDE menu so lacking that i don’t even use it.)
details on how to install this menu at this site, http://yamzz.blogspot.com