There are a few things in KDE’s desktop shell which have not changed for a very long time. For example I remember that the first KDE version I used (that was a 3.x with x << 5) had the same control module for window decorations as the one we will have in KDE SC 4.4. The interface displays a dropdown list with the names of the available decorations, a configuration panel for the selected decoration and a preview. This results in wonderful tabs inside tabs user interfaces – just look at the Oxygen configuration in 4.4.
With KDE SC 4.5 there will be a new interface which could be called the Qt 4 port of the decoration control module. The dropdown is replaced by a list view displaying previews of each decoration. The configuration panel is moved to a dialog which is accessible from a configure button next to the preview.
|New decoration KCM|
As I think it’s important to honor those who should be honored a button to access about data has been added. So if you have written a decoration please add your author information to the desktop file of your decoration.
Aurorae themes are included in the list just like "normal" decorations. The fact that Aurorae is a theme engine is an irrelevant implementation detail for the user and by that it should be hidden. And so KWin finally supports Get Hot New Stuff for decorations – that’s just awesome. I hope we will be able to integrate deKorator themes in the same way.
Unfortunately I was not able to finish this for 4.4.
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