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Re: [trinity-users] How to get an onscreen keyboard?

From: Thierry de Coulon <tcoulon@...>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:51:58 +0200
On Sunday 05 April 2015 22.52:45 andre_debian@... wrote:
> You are lucky :-)
>
> I installed "kvkbd-trinity", but no onscreen-keyboard,
> on my touchscreen computer with Jessie.
(...)
> I can open applications and close applications with fingers,
> but no onscreen-keyboard.

What onscreen keyboard did you install? I installed kvkdb from the 
repositories Slavek indicated. The keyboard does not "pop up" by itself as on 
Android (but then it does not pop up when I have a physical keyboard either, 
as "onscreen" does). I put an icon in the Panel  and "call" it when needed.

I don't know how this would work with a lock screen however...

> Also, impossible to zoom with the 3 fingers.

I doubt tdm knows about 3 fingers and I also doubt it would be easy to teach 
it. That's probably what KDE 4 devs meant when they justified the new version 
because KDE 3 was impossible to make "touch friendly".

> It does't come from the computer, because everything
> works well with Windows-8.

It comes from the fact that, if you use Trinity, you're basically using year 
2000 software, and there were no tablets (at least running Linux) at the 
time.

It's a little like criticising a 1970's car for not providing airbags...

I don't know how or when KDE4 / Gnome 3 / Unity will get "tablet ready", but I 
must say I'm quite pleased with the fact that TDE "can be used" on a tablet, 
although it was not written for one!

> Thanks.
>
> André

Basically, what I always thought proves to be right: those that are 
despreately trying to develop a user interface supposed to "scale" from a 
Desktop to a Tablet will fail, because a good Table interface will always 
feel clumsy on a big screen with a mouse (things too big, set up too 
streamlined) and a Desktop interface is quite unusable on a Tablet (unless 
you are fitted with stylus-like fingers, which is not my case).

So if you put a desktop system on a tablet, you should not expect the same 
experience as Android. Apple is the only one to do it right: IOS is quite 
different from the OS X desktop. A pity it's made by Apple and suffers from 
Apple's policy.

Thierry