KDE

KDE 4: Key Improvements and User Tips

After three weeks of using KDE 4 on my laptop, I continue to find new features and changes. I am aware of the dictionary of special names that make up the back end of the new KDE -- Oxygen, Plasma, Phonon, and the rest -- but just as often as the major features, it's the little items that I find welcome as much as the large ones. Increasingly, I'm looking at KDE 4 as a statement about what a desktop should be, and contrasting it with my own ideas on the subject.

More Reasons Why Kubuntu is Good for KDE

First off, cheers to Jonathan for his great work with Kubuntu and KDE. Everyone should go read his reasons why Kubuntu is good for KDE. I’d also like to share some of my own comments about Kubuntu and KDE.

Reload the Gnome or KDE Panels Without Restarting (Linux)

If you do a lot of tweaking to the panels in Gnome or KDE, you've probably run into an instance where you enabled a plugin or changed a setting and need to restart to see the effect (or maybe you locked something up). Instead of logging out or rebooting, we'll just reload the process.

Kubuntu KDE4: Rock On!

I just installed a fresh copy of Kubuntu kde4 Hardy Heron on my laptop. Actually, it’s semi-fresh… I installed Ubuntu 7.10 Server Edition, modified the repositories to Hardy Heron, the next release, and performed an upgrade. Then, I installed the “kubuntu-kde4-desktop” package. After an installation of Firefox, Amarok, and KOffice 2, I am ready to go.

Making KDE look good

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” goes the old saying. What looks great to me, might not be very appealing to you. Most GNU/Linux distributions pick default images that are bland, inoffensive, and boring, all of which have their place, but we can do better. This article will look at making your GNU/Linux machine look beautiful.

Plasma improvements: KDE 4.0.2 and beyond

When KDE 4.0 was officially released in January, there were a lot of gaping holes in basic functionality. During the past few months, the codebase has matured considerably, and the environment is steadily approaching the point where it will be sufficiently robust for widespread day-to-day use. Although there are still many features missing, version 4.0.2—which was released last week—offers an improved user experience. We tested KDE 4.0.2 with the recently released Kubuntu 8.04 alpha 6.

Open the full KDE Control Centre in Kubuntu

Kubuntu (and some other KDE-based distributions) features a special System Settings application which takes the place of the full KDE Control Centre application, which is used for setting all sorts of KDE preferences and changing different settings on the system.

Integrate Firefox and Thunderbird in KDE

Whenever you click a http:// or mailto: link in KDE, by default, Konqueror and KMail will open. I’m not saying these are bad apps, just that if you have Firefox and Thunderbird installed, why wouldn’t you want to use them fully?

KGRUBEditor — A GRUB Editor for KDE 4

KGRUBEditor is a visual GRUB configuration editor for KDE 4. With KGRUBEditor, you can edit GRUB entries and alter GRUB settings. KGRUBEditor is very easy-to-use. The latest version of KGRUBEditor is 0.5b. You can get it at KDE-Apps.org web site.

KGRUBEditor — A GRUB Editor for KDE 4

KGRUBEditor is a visual GRUB configuration editor for KDE 4. With KGRUBEditor, you can edit GRUB entries and alter GRUB settings. KGRUBEditor is very easy-to-use. The latest version of KGRUBEditor is 0.5b. You can get it at KDE-Apps.org web site.

Index and search with KDE's new Strigi

The Strigi project is the core of the index and search technology for KDE 4. Strigi is designed to be small and fast, and it can be installed and used with or without KDE 4, as we'll see.

GNOME Do - a Lightning Quick Launch App

Do is an application to find things on your system and quickly perform actions, similar to Quicksilver for OSX and GNOME Launch Box. It works on a variety of different desktop environments, including GNOME and KDE. Basically, all you need to do is to press Super + Space on your keyboard, and the Do dialog will open. Super is the Windows key on a PC, or the Command key on a Mac. Type in the name of an application, and Do will launch it for you.

Installing the Slim Glow Plasma Theme in KDE 4.0

If you’re not a fan of the large borders on the default KDE 4.0 Plasma theme, you’re in luck. The first themes for Plasma are starting to appear. Here’s how to install the new Slim Glow theme in KDE 4.0:

Kommando: A floating panel for KDE

Inspired by the command wheel in the Neverwinter Nights online game, Kommando is a floating command panel for KDE. Although Kommando's development is almost as slow as an official Debian release, and is only at version 0.5.2, it is already a configurable and convenient addition to the array of panels available in KDE.

Theme GNOME Apps Running in KDE 4.0

The familiar GNOME applications that I have been using in KDE 4.0 since I started testing it all run without a theme. When you have GNOME installed as well as KDE 4.0, there’s a simple way to get your GNOME applications to use your current GTK theme while running in KDE.

Master the KIO slaves

Hard-working KDE Input/Output (KIO) slaves perform much of KDE's functionality. KIO slaves provide consistent access to different resources, such as filesystems, network protocols, and search functions, making them accessible to all KDE applications in a standard way. For example, you can open a remote FTP session and copy, move, rename, or delete files as if they're on your own box, or connect via Secure Shell (SSH) and use remote files as if they were local. Even browsing the Web uses a KIO slave.

How to Remove KDE 4.0’s Panel

Unlike GNOME’s panels and panel applets, KDE 4.0’s plasma widgets don’t have to be placed in a panel. In fact, you don’t need to have a panel at all. Here’s how to remove the bottom panel in KDE 4.0:

  1. Browse to ~/.kde4/share/config/ and make a backup copy of of the plasma-appletsrc file. This is the file you will need to edit. You can use the backup to restore the panel and your widgets to their previous configuration.
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Ars Technica reviews KDE 4.0

KDE 4.0 was officially released last week after extensive development. The long-awaited 4.0 release ushers in a new era for the popular open-source desktop environment and adds many intriguing new features and technologies. Unfortunately, the release comes with almost as many new bugs as it does features, and there is much work to be done before it sparkles like the 3.5.x series.

Start Applications That Need Root Privileges in KDE 4.0

In my list of ten tips for KDE 4.0, number 10 was a workaround for the fact that launching an application from the menu that needs to be run as root would cause KDE to refuse your password.

Ten Tips for KDE 4.0 Beginners

This is a list of ten tips that may help you out in getting started with KDE 4.0. All of these I discovered since installing KDE 4.0 in Ubuntu. Haven’t installed KDE 4.0 yet in Ubuntu 7.10? See yesterday’s post.

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