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KDE Other Utility

Score 87%



Link:  http://
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  2575
Submitted:  May 20 2008
Updated:  Nov 19 2011


KOSD is a simple framework for the KDE Desktop providing an OSD in response to media key presses.

How to install:

Step 1:
If you have an older version of KOSD already installed, remove it completely before proceeding.

Step 2:
To build and install KOSD change to the extracted source directory and type:

mkdir build && cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`kde4-config --prefix` ..
make install (as root)

Step 3:
Log out and back in to make sure the modules are loaded correctly by KDED (or run kquitapp kded && kded4).

Step 4:
In System Settings go to Shortcuts and Gestures->Global Keyboard Shortcuts. Select KOSD from the components list and reassign your keys as needed.

Step 5:
Go to Workspace Appearance->On-Screen Display to adjust KOSD to your liking.

That's it. Enjoy!

P.S.: Don't like monochrome icons? Then create the file .kde4/share/config/kosd_keysrc. Put the lines


in it and restart the KOSD Keys service.

You can also set the mixer control by adding the line


where name is the name of your desired control (e.g. Master, PCM, ...).


Changelog from 0.8.0 to 0.8.1
* Fixed some power management issues

Changelog from 0.7.1 to 0.8.0
* Added standard methods for battery, brightness and volume, allowing the pixmaps to be kept in memory, which avoids hard disk reads and makes the OSD more responsive

Changelog from 0.7.0 to 0.7.1
* Fixed a possible crash, if no mixer control named "Master" exists

Changelog from 0.6.2 to 0.7.0
* Changed KOSD Keys Service to use ALSA directly instead of relying on KMix

Changelog from 0.6.1 to 0.6.2
* Fixed CMakeLists.txt not to link against libsolidcontrol which is no longer used

Changelog from 0.6.0 to 0.6.1
* Made KOSD Keys Service compatible with KDE SC 4.6

Changelog from 0.5.1 to 0.6.0
* Added support for (Plasma-themed) SVG icons
* Many improvements throughout the code

Changelog from 0.5.0 to 0.5.1
* Fixed the mixer to always use the correct master channel

Changelog from 0.4.2 to 0.5.0
* Split up the monolithic application into a KDED module for the OSD, a KDED module for the key listener, a system settings module and a simple access library allowing any application to use the OSD
* Replaced the old OSD by new, fully Plasma based OSDs. There's now a "standard" OSD similar to the old one and a "compact" OSD similar to the OSDs provided by KMix and Powerdevil

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 can't compile in Fedora 7

 by rasemenov on: May 27 2008
Score 50%

cd . && make -f admin/Makefile.common configure
make[1]: Entering directory `/home/ras/useful/KOSD'
configure.in:43: error: possibly undefined macro: AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE
If this token and others are legitimate, please use m4_pattern_allow.
See the Autoconf documentation.
configure.in:48: error: possibly undefined macro: AM_CONFIG_HEADER
configure.in:51: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_CHECK_COMPILERS
configure.in:52: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_ENABLE_SHARED
configure.in:53: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_ENABLE_STATIC
configure.in:58: error: possibly undefined macro: AM_KDE_WITH_NLS
configure.in:61: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_PATH_KDE
configure.in:70: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_CHECK_KDEMAXPATHLEN
make[1]: *** [configure] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/ras/useful/KOSD'
make: *** [configure] Error 2

[root@mypc KOSD]# rpm -qa|grep automake

Can you help me?

Thanks in advance,

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 Re: can't compile in Fedora 7

 by marcel83 on: May 27 2008
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Did you run 'make -f Makefile.cvs'?

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 Re: Re: can't compile in Fedor

 by rasemenov on: May 27 2008
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No, I just ran "make"..

make -f Makefile.cvs works fine.

(compiled remotely, will try to use later today)

Thank you very much!

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 Another Problem and wishes

 by Baldrun on: May 27 2008
Score 50%

I have kmilo and kosd running at the same time now and it seems to work. Kosd grabs and displays the volumechanges and kmilo grabs everything else on my ThinkPad T61p (ThinkVantage button, Fn + Space, Fn + PgUp for ThinkLight, Fn + Pos1/End for Brightness) like it did before without kosd.

Anyways I noticed a small problem with kosd. It doesn't react at all if a kicker menu is open. Just right-klick once on the kmix icon to have its kicker menu show up. Now try changing the volume while the kicker menu is shown. It doesn't do anything at all. I was able to reproduce this with any kicker menu being open.

* being able to alter the displayed text
* being able to alter the font of the displayed text
* being able to change the displayed icons via gui
* a preview button to check on the changes made to the appearance
* being able to alter the displayed box (edgy/round corners, frame thickness)
* being able to alter the steps by which the volume is increased or decreased (kmilo has something like this)

What I really enjoyed about kosd so far:
* configurability ;)
* it does look a lot nicer than kmilo

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 Re: Another Problem and wishes

 by marcel83 on: May 27 2008
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* It doesn't react at all if a kicker menu is open.
This is a general problem and not specific to KOSD (you can test it with Amarok or just Ctrl+F1/F2 etc. None will work as long as a menu is open.)

* being able to alter the displayed text
i18n support will be added later, other than that, you'll just have to make your changes in the source files. I'm not planning to make strings configurable ("configurability" is a good thing but that's just overkill)

* being able to alter the font of the displayed text
I'll change it to use the standard system font. I might add a font chooser in a future version

* being able to change the displayed icons via gui
I'm planning to add icon theme support for the next version

* a preview button to check on the changes made to the appearance
I'll think about it, but it's really a lot more complicated than it sounds.

* being able to alter the displayed box (edgy/round corners, frame thickness)
Maybe in a future version.

* being able to alter the steps by which the volume is increased or decreased
That I have planned for the next version.

About the OSD placement, it's currently only displayed on the primary screen, I'll see how that can be improved in a future version.

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 Open menus stop kosd

 by Baldrun on: May 27 2008
Score 50%

I was able to reproduce the above described problem with any menu being open; be it right click on desktop or just a regular drop down menu in an application window. No volume alterations via volume buttons are accepted and kosd probably therefore doesn't display anything.
I really wonder now if this is actually kosd related.

About this placement problem:
I use a resolution of 1920x1200 on my internal lcd and 1280x1024 on my external lcd. It seems like the kosd placement is limited to those 1280x1024 of the external lcd. When set to 100 % - 100% kosd shows up exactly where the bottom right corner of a 1280x1024 resolution would be on my internal lcd using 1920x1200.

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 Gentoo ebuild

 by Baldrun on: May 27 2008
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Grab a very primitive gentoo ebuild here:


Any improvement is welcome.

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 Only 73 %...

 by RGBkde on: May 28 2008
Score 50%

I installed kosd 0.1.3 on Fedora 8 64 bits with no problems, but the volume osd only shows 73%, even if the real volume is zero!
Brightness osd seems to works OK (at least, if I reduce brightness it shows a lower value)

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 Nice Idea But...

 by MrGosh on: May 28 2008
Score 50%

it would be much better if we would have something like growl for Linux!!!!

Its so nice that so many programs support Growl on MacosX - And you can easily change the Look of it!

Not The OSD should support Programms!

It should support an API!

What do you think?

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