Bug 207902 - launcher support in libtaskmanager
Summary: launcher support in libtaskmanager
Alias: None
Product: plasma4
Classification: Plasma
Component: widget-taskbar (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Platform: Fedora RPMs Unspecified
: NOR wishlist with 1526 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Plasma Bugs List
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-09-19 18:14 UTC by Mathias Panzenböck
Modified: 2011-01-08 03:16 UTC (History)
23 users (show)

See Also:
Latest Commit:
Version Fixed In: 4.6

plasma panel with the smooth tasks plasmoid on 1440 width (93.08 KB, image/png)
2009-12-28 18:56 UTC, Thomas Meixner

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Description Mathias Panzenböck 2009-09-19 18:14:48 UTC
Version:            (using KDE 4.3.1)
Installed from:    Fedora RPMs

There should be (at least optional) support for launchers in libtaskmanager. This means there should be task items (maybe new task item type) for not running tasks you can click in order to start said task. Also there should be a new option in the context menu to open a "new window" (new program instance) of a task run through a launcher and of course an option "pin to taskbar" for tasks not started through a launcher in order to create one. This would all be very similar to the Windows 7 taskbar.

Personally I do not need this feature but as the developer of the Smooth Tasks applet[1] I get *very*frequently requests for it.

[1] http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/Smooth+Tasks?content=101586
Comment 1 Finder15 2009-09-21 06:54:59 UTC
*** This bug has been confirmed by popular vote. ***
Comment 2 shuhart 2009-10-24 23:06:49 UTC
I vote for this feature
Comment 3 Thomas Meixner 2009-12-28 18:56:16 UTC
Created attachment 39409 [details]
plasma panel with the smooth tasks plasmoid on 1440 width
Comment 4 Thomas Meixner 2009-12-28 18:57:53 UTC
I'd love this feature too. I have played around a lot with docks and different
start menus and the small pin icons in my opinion are the best solution for
many applications opened on a smallish screen. Being able to start your
favorite apps without going through the Kicker menu or by having doubled
launcher icons would just put the icing on the cake. (I attached a screenshot
of my panel)
Comment 5 Fabio Albieri 2010-03-04 13:43:47 UTC
That would be great !
And NOT because I want KDE to rensemble Win7...
but just cause it's pure convenience, and a godsend for netbook users who prefer to stay to plasma-desktop
Comment 6 Jesse Milette 2010-03-21 20:04:45 UTC
i vote for this feature
Comment 7 Panos 2010-03-22 00:00:29 UTC
omg, almost 1500 votes.... but no progress or something for libtaskmanager ?
Comment 8 Timo 2010-03-22 07:58:09 UTC
Well it is a wish, panos, not a todo. ;) The guys do a terrific job and I'm shure they'll get to it once they have time and free space on their agenda.

Good things come to those that wait.

Also I do believe that dockbarx under gnome has such a feature. Maybe there's someone to ask? *shrugs*
Comment 9 Michał Gawroński 2010-06-14 11:39:49 UTC
1800 votes, and unfortunatelly still no progress :(
Comment 10 Beat Wolf 2010-06-14 14:56:37 UTC
you can always use an alternative task manager, this is probably out of scope of the default one. there are plenty of them on kde-look
Comment 11 Pavol Rusnak 2010-06-14 15:07:00 UTC
(In reply to comment #10)
All "alternative" task managers use libtaskmanager so using them won't help.

(In reply to comment #7)
(In reply to comment #9)
KDE is free project, feel free to contribute ...
Comment 12 Thomas Meixner 2010-06-14 16:43:24 UTC
I'm using the fancy tasks plugin. I think the developer has found a good workaround for the time being.


On KDE 4.4.4 in my configuration:
- Launchers can be added inside the fancy tasks settings into a "quick start" bar.
- Started Applications won't get duplicated, once an instance exists, the launcher is removed and the started application moves into the running tasks part of the task panel (configurable)
- Already started application can be opened in a new instance by middle clicking the icon
- Started Applications can be grouped and degrouped as necessary 

I hope I'm not missing the point here - but IMO it works rather well.
Comment 13 Tom Kijas 2010-08-25 00:24:06 UTC
i vote for this feature
Comment 14 Ingvar 2010-09-20 09:46:35 UTC
i vote for this feature
Comment 15 Andrew Sam 2010-09-27 14:52:11 UTC
talika has done this for the gnome panel and it's really such a nifty feature to have. Docks in panel mode --- yes, but nothing like the convenience of the feature explained above.
Comment 16 Kai Krakow 2010-09-30 00:05:54 UTC
I've seen that daisy[1] seems to do it (but I didn't try yet). How does daisy implement that? Maybe it could be derived from there? It's called "hybrid launchers" in the feature list.

[1]: http://cdlszm.org/pages/about.php
Comment 17 Jeffery MacEachern 2010-12-30 13:06:20 UTC
This feature will be shipping in 4.6, with support in the default Task Manager widget.
Comment 18 Alexander Potashev 2011-01-08 02:21:49 UTC
In 4.6 RC2, a launcher does not appear immediately after the window closes. You need to switch to another desktop to see the launcher.
Comment 19 Jeffery MacEachern 2011-01-08 02:58:48 UTC
@Alexander: I believe you are correct in that. Can you please file that as a separate bug report, if it is not already filed?
Comment 20 Alexander Potashev 2011-01-08 03:16:25 UTC
Done, bug#262487