SOLVED (sort of)
Newbie here.... just installed Linux Mint 8 KDE on a cheap laptop. Very impressed! Everything worked out of the box … intenet connection/ sound etc. Also pleased to find vlc/amarok/and firefox installed.
I have a question. I haven't searched the forums for it; I promise to do so with further queries. But I'd sort of like to find a battery power level widget/icon/applet so I can know the state of my battery.
Nothing in the kicker panel... and nothing in the “add widget” thing that drops down from that icon in the top-right corner.