New system buttons
One of the first requested features, even before the Lancelot brainstorm thread on KDE forums was to change the system buttons from Lock Session, Log Out and Switch User to something else because some users don’t use some of the buttons. Radically changing the Lancelot behaviour this late in its age of existence is something that can not be considered. But the users should have some freedom.
The point is that the buttons are now configurable. Open the configuration dialogue, and you’ll see a new section. Click any of the three buttons you see, and you’ll get a list of possible actions to assign to it.
While developing the Spoons Lite theme, I realized that it is hard to make a transparent theme for L because the text becomes almost unreadable.
It was the same with Plasma panel befire, so the Plasma guys and gels made the text on the panel to have a shadow which improves readability. Now, all Lancelot widgets support this as well. It is off by default, unless the theme authors want to turn it on. The cool thing is that the theme authors can be selective and add shadows only on desired elements.
For example, in Spoons Lite (shown in the screenshot above) the shadow (or in this case a white glow since the text is black) appears only on system and section buttons, and not in the main part of the menu.
That’s all for now. There is another theme improvement, but we’ll talk about that later.