kicker-compiz 0.2

kicker-compiz is a modified pager applet for kicker to make it work with compiz.
More generally, it is intended to work with window managers that use the concept of "large desktops" instead of "multiple virtual desktops" as kwin does exclusively.

Technically, it is a matter of respecting window managers standards as defined by EWMH (, using the facilities already provided by KDE.

The code is based on the minipager applet taken from kdebase-3.5.4.

To install the package, follow the generic instructions found in the INSTALL file. Generally, you will want to install it in your KDE directory, using:

./configure --prefix='kde-config --prefix'
make install

You will likely have to use superuser rights to execute the last 'make install'.

(Alternatively, you may choose to install in a different directory, using for example:

./configure --prefix=/opt/kicker-compiz
make install

For this to work, you will need to tell KDE about the new prefix, by ensuring that KDEDIRS contains it, e.g. 'export KDEDIRS=/opt/kicker-compiz:/usr' and then restart KDE.)

Once it is installed, use the kicker dialog to add a new applet, and the pager will appear in the list.

The code should soon be hosted somewhere in the KDE svn, hopefully to be merged in one of the next releases.

Currently working:
pager has the good size, displays windows correctly
current viewport is highlighted
click to switch to another viewport
Known buggy or can be improved:
Window drag&drop doesnt work reliably
Aspect ratio is not respected when using kicker is vertical

What's New in This Release:

Viewport numbering is ok
Handles both vertical and horizontal viewports, for the plane plugin vertical kicker is ok
Know buggy or can be improved
Window drag&drop does not work reliably when dragging from a viewport different from the current one
small graphic glitches (seams) for certain panel sizes, due to rounding errors

last updated on:
September 23rd, 2006, 4:35 GMT
developed by:
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
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