IRC is proving fertile ground for finding kicker janitors. illogic-al provided an update to kicker's documentation. awesome! he's now looking at doing some JJ jobs around the kicker code, which is very cool. another fellow, Oleg_, is also poking around in things, and [mX] is getting his sea legs in the core/ code in order to lend a hand with the de-Panel::the()-ification. wicky's QLayout code for ContainerArea is done and soon to be merged into HEAD.
i've been trying to clean up the kicker bug database and become familiar with the body of reports at the same time, specifically so i know what needs to be addressed.
the DESIGN and TODO documents are shaping up nicely as well.
i'm considering doing two things, both of which may result in some controversy. so i'm going to outline them here so people can yell at me pre-emptively:
1. get rid of the non-kicker "MacOS-style" menubar. instead, this will be replaced with a kicker (child)panel that has some special constraints, such as you won't be able to move it from the top. the menu applet will also disappear from the Add -> Applets menu and will lose its applethandle (hello Fitt!). this change is being promprted because i dislike having duplicated functionality, having to deal with silly bug reports that result from both kdesktop and kicker trying to do fancy workspace strut stuff and because i think having a menubar that allows adding applets to it is far more interesting than the current "MacOS-style" bar. oh, and there won't be a "Desktop Menubar" option, either. instead, i hope Seli will be able to help out with making the Desktop menus appear automagically when the rootwm has focus.
2. get rid of icon zooming. yes, you heard me right. get rid of icon zooming. i've been working on smooth icon zooming and its been fun, but i had an ephiphany: what purpose does it serve exactly? oh, right: eyecandy to look like Something That Isn't KDE(tm). well, screw that. instead, i want the icon title to appear above the icon when its moused-over. no zooming buttons, just useful text. this will provide an indicator of which icon you are over (along with the mouse-over icon effect), show some useful information and make kicker appear a bit "calmer" instead of Inflatable Icons The Grow When You Point At Them.
commence complaining at me now.