Bug#526779: battery-applet: Misleads about still charging
I've noticed that the battery widget in KDE 4 that sits in the taskbar misleads the users about when a battery is still being charged or not.
Take this example with how 'kpowersave' from KDE 3.5 had more user friendly behaviour:
When running on battery, you got a battery icon.
When running on AC and not charging, you got the plug icon.
When running on AC and charing, you got the plug icon with an elecriticy symbol.
This was all VERY clear to the enduser what was going on with their battery. For mosts laptops it was ideal behaviour because once your battery was no longer charging and the machine running on just AC, that was system feedback that most people needed.
Compare this to the behaviour of the revised widget:
When running on battery, you get a battery icon.
When running on AC and no charging, you get the battery icon with an electricity symbol.
When running on AC and charging, you get the battery icon with an electricity symbol.
I heartly suggest rethinking this widget. It is better that kpowersave in many ways but it's essential role, reporting accurate power information for batteries and states, appears to have not been thought through.
-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
APT prefers unstable
APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.26-2-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Versions of packages kde-minimal depends on:
ii kdebase 4:4.2.2-1 base applications from the officia
ii kdebase-runtime 4:4.2.2-1 runtime components from the offici
ii kdebase-workspace 4:4.2.2-2 base workspace components from the
ii kdelibs5 4:4.2.2-2 core libraries for all KDE 4 appli
ii kdepimlibs5 4:4.2.2-1 core libraries for KDE PIM 4 appli
kde-minimal recommends no packages.
Versions of packages kde-minimal suggests:
ii kde-l10n-engb [kde-l10n] 4:4.2.2-1 British English (en_GB) localizati
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