Default activity name in English, "New Activity", is confusing

Bug #1004917 reported by Patrick Wigmore
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
One Hundred Papercuts
Fix Released
kubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu)
Fix Released
Harald Sitter

Bug Description

The default plasma activity is called "New Activity".

This is confusing because it makes the "cashew" look like a button to be used to create a new activity rather than a way of accessing options related to the current activity (whatever it happens to be named).

The purpose and functions of Activities are left for the user to discover by trial and error, and so they are not the easiest thing to get to grips with in the first place. The "New Activity" name can only make things worse, for example by implying that the menu items that pop up from the cashew are for creating new activities, potentially leading the user to believe that widgets and groups are both types of "activity".

n.b.: I apologise that I was unable to find out what the proper name is for the thing that I know only as the "cashew".

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: plasma-desktop 4:4.8.2a-0ubuntu4
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-24.39-generic 3.2.16
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-24-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.0.1-0ubuntu7
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sat May 26 16:23:08 2012
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/plasma-desktop
InstallationMedia: Kubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Release amd64 (20120423)
SourcePackage: kde-workspace
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Revision history for this message
Patrick Wigmore (patrick-wigmore) wrote :
affects: kde-workspace (Ubuntu) → hundredpapercuts
affects: hundredpapercuts → kde-workspace (Ubuntu)
Changed in kde-workspace (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
affects: kde-workspace (Ubuntu) → kubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu)
Changed in kubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Harald Sitter (apachelogger)
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Confirmed → In Progress
Changed in kubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Fix Committed
Revision history for this message
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package kubuntu-default-settings - 1:12.10ubuntu1

kubuntu-default-settings (1:12.10ubuntu1) quantal; urgency=low

  * Make new splash logo artwork form a proper (round) circle (LP: #981898)
  * Import plymouth-theme-kubuntu-text from plymouth source package.
    Since plymouth has no epoch this is a no-brainer (LP: #1005512)
  * Change plymouth-theme-kubuntu-text from arch any to all (only contains
    a config, but no binary data)
  * Set name of our default Plasma activity to desktop. This does not
    introduce a new string as Desktop is also the name upstream uses, so
    localization is already present (LP: #1004917)
  * Set battery and wireless plasma widget key bindings (opening power
    management and networkmanagement respectively)
  * Refactor keybinding code in plasma default layout to be reusable and
    scale better for future endeavors
  * Don't activate date by default in plasma as discussed on ML -> no
    strong consensus whether we should have it so go with what upstream
 -- Harald Sitter <email address hidden> Fri, 11 May 2012 16:42:31 +0200

Changed in kubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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