Yesterday I was hit by the idea of putting KRunner at the top of the screen and making it 'slide in' when called up. The "floating dialog" just wasn't doing it for me anymore and so I went ahead and implemented this to see what it would feel like. After working out various kinks, I have to say that I really like it. So I decided to do a quick screencast showing KRunner in action at the top of the screen for you to watch and then, hopefully, offer some feedback on it. It's even better if you can try it out yourself by building from SVN trunk, of course, but I know not everyone can or will do that. If the reactions are generally positive, this will be the default for 4.4.
There are two small problems with the screencast, however. The first one is my fault: I forgot to show that you can click on and move the KRunner window back and forth along the top of the screen. The second problem is the typical screencast software fail: it doesn't capture smoothly enough to show any of the animations so you'll just have to trust me when I say that the KRunner window animates in and out of the screen nicely. Those animations are done by KWin, using the same effect we wrote for the autohiding panels in fact, and they are super sexy smooth.
Anyways, you can watch the screencast on blip.tv, download the Ogg file or watch it in the embedded player below if it shows up for you: