Post by Jos Poortvliet Post by Dotan Cohen Post by Jos Poortvliet
I've been thinking about a more general introduction of what's new in
plasma, as I currently jump to the long list of "what's new" right
away. I've just made this up, comments?
Plasma provides your workspace with a flexible desktop. Plasma fully
consists of replacable widgets, and thus allows you to organize the
desktop however you want. The Dashboard ensures your desktop is never
more than a quick "CONTROL+F12" away so you can have a look at the
widgets to read or add notes, check for news or weather updates and
use the dictionary. In KDE 4.2 Plasma has received many new features,
stability and performance improvements. The developers have worked to
bring back the functionality that was lost when KDE started its
journey towards the 4.0 release and are confident to have reached that
goal, and surpassed it in many ways. Stability has been improved, both
by reducing crashes and greatly increasing the resilience of Plasma
when issues do arise. Plasma monitors its state, and when bad things
happen, responds by restarting itself with a previous, stable
configuration. Close collaboration between core Plasma developers,
Kwin developers and developers of infrastructure underlying to KDE has
resulted in much better performance. There is still room for
improvement but we feel we can safely recommend Plasma on lower-end
(albeit not ancient) hardware. However it should be noted Plasma can
never be expected to perform equal or better than other solutions with
a much more limited scope and featureset.
It is a hard read, with too many redundant adjectives. An example is
the word "fully" in the second sentence. Removing it makes the
sentence easier to parse. Maybe native English speakers would have an
easier time with it, but if that were content on a web page I would
have stopped reading after the second sentence. I want facts, not
Thank you. It IS useless fluff, I trew it away. It prompted me to go
through the document and fix a few layout issues, titles, redundant
Plasma allows you to organize your workspace however you want. It has
become easier to place the pannels, add and move applets around and
too far in the other direction imho.
ok, some writing tips:
* short paragraphs. 4 short paragraphs are better than 1 medium sized one,
even if the 4 short paragraphs are actually longer
* don't use the same noun/verb/adjective twice in the same sentence. note that
in the sentence above it begins ends with Plasma. perhaps replace the second
Plasma with "your workspace"
* remember the "introduce, detail, conclude" workflow
* hep the reader to "buy in" by using 'us' and ownership words: "we", "our",
* avoid jargon, be consistent in what jargon we do use. in this case "applets"
is incorrect. they aren't applets. they are widgets.
* always work towards a goal: what should the reader come away from this
that last point is probably the most important. *what* are we trying to
achieve with this bit on plasma? probably 2 things:
1) communicate to people that it's a good time to move from other environments
to a plasma based workspace
2) that plasma is wicked cool and that YOU WANT IT!!!1!
how do we communicate that?
1) show feature parity and ease of use
2) highlight 3 key cool features that are impactful, and mention 3 others in
passing, then hit them with a little data perhaps on "number of new features,
bugs closed". we've been keeping a plasma changelog for a reason ;)
3) screenshots and screencasts
i'm really, really tempted to write this whole part myself, but i'm also
really, really feeling like this work needs to be able to done by others too.
Aaron J. Seigo
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