Kde Migration Manager
Various KDE Extensions
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Description:

Sometimes when we are exploring new worlds we find our selfs having difficulty adapting to new environments with the kde migration manager you have the option to magically transform the look and feel of a new world to look and feel like home or what you have come to know in the past as home.

Here is the idea lets say you come from a world that uses windows xp and one day a day like to day! you decide to broaden you horizons and and try something new like KDE well instead of just leaving you lost and full of fear not to mention being extremely overwhelmed by all the cool features that kde has to offer.

We will provide you with the option of transforming your kde desktop to look and feel just like your windows xp desktop and gradually over time convert you over to the kde way of doing things.

Example
Changing your desktop wallpaper would look and be done the same way it is on windows xp until say 2 weeks later when the migration manager would ask you if you would like to learn what it feels like to change your desktop wall paper the kde way and the migration manager would then show you how with say a flash video and then change your desktop wallpaper default way to kdes so you could try it your self.

In the screenshot.
You see 3 items 1. kde 2. windows xp 3. mac osx
You would select the type of desktop to use and the migration manager would then load a kde theme that matches your selection and make a couple alterations that would make kde perform accordingly to your selection.

This is just an idea for kde i could probably build this appt with qtruby.

Please leave feedback.

Thanks.

vanillaike

10 years ago

An app like this would be a good idea for people like my parents.

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da1nonly

11 years ago

when are u going to make this app

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PLowran

11 years ago

Dude did you make this? This is awesome!
You did a great job I mut keep or bookmark for future use!

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ioannusdeverani

11 years ago

When you develop the app, how will you make desktops look exactly like windows/mac? Would you use Baghira for the mac (because, if you do, it will slow down the computer)?

Also, what style do you propose to be the default of kde? I personally like linspire clear, but I do think that Plastik is more traditional.....

Nice idea

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jLisec

11 years ago

What's the point of switch when your adopting your new system to look like previous?

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logixoul

11 years ago

Think of a Windows-to-Linux convert.
a) he gets stability
b) he gets freedom
c) he gets usability
...and, prolly the least important...
d) he gets a new desktop theme

All of this is arguable, of course.
My point is that people want to preserve some aspects, but also change some.

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rgfree

11 years ago

On the one hand it's a great idea.

But on the other hand, I doubt
a migration manager could solve
the most pressing problems:
Like non-working hardware (think of video playback etc), software installation troubles etc. These are the things most difficult when switching to a new environment. There are users (like me) who were quite aware that there would be some very unpleasant stumbling blocks when switching to Linux and I have been very determined. The first month was extreme horror! Though I must admit that Linux has come a long way since I switched a few years ago. When I started with SuSE 8.1, you couldnt even burn Audio-CD's or switch your display resolution easily on-the-fly.
A user-friendly editor with good syntax highlighting was nowhere in sight as well. This has all changed.

Anyway - the single-click/double-click or the look of the start button was the least of my problems...

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keba

11 years ago

Amazing idea. But I see one big problem: The icons and names like "Windows" or "Mac" might be protected by copyright... I'm not sure but try to find out. You should also provide the possibilty to switch it of in kcontrol or to switch to any "look and feel" for good, if one wants that. This doesn't mean I would want a Mac Desktop on my KDE, KDE is so much greater. Anyway, do it!
I'm not very good in programming stuff, but if you need my help, just write

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kism

11 years ago

And GNOME?

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soulrebel

11 years ago

good ideas to set thems and stuff to immitate other systems, but i dont see how you want to rewrite all configuration programs to reflect other systems bahaviour.

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spiralfusion

11 years ago

Thumbs up for this. Something like this would help a lot users that want to move to linux. I suppose a lot of work needs to be done to achieve this, but hey its worth it. My only concern about such a migration scheme is that usually it is not the os only that seems alien to users, but software itself. So, if someone who is not very comp. literate wanted to move to a kde based os, he/she would find trouble with office etc software as well. For such a scheme to be complete and very useful, Office packages should be included. i.e a migration scheme from MS Office to Koffice or Open Office as well or (Win)Fax software etc.

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profoX

11 years ago

I am very positive about this

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