We've talked about this for years, and built up a whole global theme system that allows it, but never taken advantage of the power of that system by shipping anything that really shows off its capabilities. I think we should.
We could make and ship by default a set of LNF packages that replicate the workflows of popular environments that users may be familiar with:
- Windows 10 (Replace Task Manager with Icons-Only Task Manager)
- macOS (Replace default panel contents with only an Icons-Only Task Manager and add a panel on the top with a Global Menu, System Tray, and Clock)
- Unity (Put a panel on the left side containing Application Dashboard, an Icons-Only Task Manager, Trash, and Present Windows. Put a panel on the top containing a Global Menu, Clock, and System Tray)
- ...And so on
There are some 3rd-party packages on store.kde.org that aim to provide this kind of functionality but they also try to replicate the visual appearance of the target environment too, which IMO is really tacky and tends to produce an awful-looking end product. I think it's a better idea to make these proposed LNF packages as minimal as possible. No need for custom color schemes, icon themes, fonts, etc. The idea is to allow people to easily replicate the workflow of their favorite environment without removing the Plasma visual style.
Looks pretty doable to me!