Sometime last night I started a "21 bug salute": pick 21 bugs and fix them one after the other. Closing bugs that are already fixed, are upstream bugs or are WONTFIXes don't count. Only bugs closed with patches do. Currently the count is 11 down, 10 to go. The goal is to be done before the weekend is through.
I keep getting interrupted, however, by the continuing fallout from what has become one of the biggest faith-in-the-community destroying events I've experience. Having read a couple more angry FUD filled blog postings on this matter, proving squarely just how confused people are at the moment, I figured a picture might help.
So here it is:
What you're seeing there is a Plasma workspace with 5 activities (aka "desktop Containments") zoomed out so that you can see them all. The third one in the top row is a folderview. folderview, you see, is both an Applet as well as a Containment; in fact all Containments are also Applets. This purposeful design decision allows one to repurpose certain applets as "things that cover my screen" or "things that appear in a panel" (to name but two possibilities).
You can click on the folderview containment to zoom into it and it takes up your whole screen, covering it with icons that float "under" the widgets. Flashbacks to kdestop + superkaramba ensue.
I tried to explain this previously with words, but lost too many of you in the process. I'm hoping a picture will do the trick this time. In case anyone of you are idly wondering, that actually isn't a screenshot of my Plasma or the folderview's primary author's Plasma, it's another Plasma developer who has been doing things with the ZUI.
Now, you may notice that there is no wallpaper behind the folder in that screnshot. In 4.2 we'll be breaking out background rendering and context menus into their own plugins so that they can be freely mixed and matched: Containment A with Background Renderer B with Context Menus C and D. The ZUI will also provide a nice graphical means to easily select which Containment types you are using, similar to what we do with Widgets now.
Other than the breaking background rendering out into their own plugin set, which is something I only realized we'd need to do about 2 months ago, what you see above is pretty much exactly the design envisioned some two years ago. It's fun to see it come together, and now I hope some of you can see it more clearly as well.