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Fedora 17 KDE review

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For the main edition and for each Spin, there are installation images for 32- and 64-bit architectures. This article presents a review of the KDE Spin, using a 32-bit installation image on real hardware and in a virtual environment. read more...
permapage | score:8389 | -finid, June 19, 2012

The Plasma desktop shell of KDE 4

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KDE, the K Desktop Environment, is a free software project based on a desktop environment for UNIX®-like systems. Learn how to build small but extremely useful applets for Plasma -- the new shell for the K Desktop Environment -- starting with a handy memory monitor applet. read more...
permapage | score:8326 | -solrac, June 15, 2009

Sabayon 9 KDE review

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This article is a review of the KDE edition, using a 32-bit ISO installation image. When first booting the system, one of the first things I noticed was that the boot with music option, which was the default, has been removed. read more...
permapage | score:8211 | -finid, July 29, 2012

SuSE 8.0, KDE 3.0 first look

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A "solid step forward".
"People have been wondering why a conservative company like SuSE would go with two x.0 versions, theirs and KDE's, to form the core of their latest distro; and I must say that on the basis of my experience with x.0's I was ready for some comic frustration when I installed SuSE 8.0-Pro the other day."

"Ah, but it was a delightfully boring affair which went off without a hitch."
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permapage | score:8137 | -Ray, May 9, 2002

Tutorial: How to install KDE on Cygwin

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This tutorial gets straight to the point. It starts off as follows...
First off. Make sure that there are no remnants of KDE or Cygwin on your system when you first start this process. Delete your cygwin directory and these registry keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareCygnus Solutions
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARECygnus Solutions
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permapage | score:8134 | -Ray, December 13, 2004 (Updated: March 23, 2007)

How to compile and install Takeoff Launcher on Linux Mint 12 KDE

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There are several menu styles to choose from in the K Desktop Environment, but my favorite is the Takeoff Launcher, which is why I consider it one of 2 cool reasons to use the K Desktop Environment.

In this article, the steps you need to take to replace Kickoff menu, the default menu style on Linux Mint 12 KDE, are presented in an easy to follow manner. Like everything that goes on the KDE panel, Takeoff Launcher has to be added as a widget. Before you get to the stage to add the widget to the panel, the package has to be compiled or built from source. Why from source? read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:8105 | -finid, January 15, 2012

Install Takeoff Launcher on Fedora 16 KDE

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Takeoff Launcher is one of my favorite menu styles and I consider it one of 2 cool reasons to use the K Desktop Environment. Though it is not in Fedora’s repository, there is an rpm package that you can install from the project’s website. In this tutorial, you will read about the steps necessary to install and customize it on Fedora 16 KDE, a Fedora Spin that was previously reviewed on this website. read more...
permapage | score:8099 | -finid, January 24, 2012

Opinion: GNOME vs. KDE

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I've switched back to KDE until the next GNOME release due to stability issues with my (overcomplicated) setup.
Those of you who like to micromanage every detail in an application are likely to prefer GNOME to KDE. I do not argue you're wrong for taking that approach. Nevertheless, I argue GNOME is wrong for failing to provide the coarse granularity one finds with KDE. There's no reason why GNOME has to eliminate its granular approach to fill in the gaps I'm talking about.

Take one of the complaints I voiced about Evolution's tool bars last week as an example. I'm used to right-clicking on a tool bar (or at least select an option from a menu) to get to a dialog where I can customize the tool bar. I cannot do that with Evolution or just about any other GNOME application, but I can with most KDE applications.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7960 | -Ray, July 6, 2003 (Updated: March 24, 2007)

Disable Taskbar Thumbnails in KDE

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Every desktop environment has its share of good and bad features, and a few good features that some find a little bit annoying. The Taskbar Thumbnail is one of those good features that manages to be, for some, annoying. read more...
permapage | score:7858 | -finid, May 23, 2012

Linux Mint 12 KDE screen shot preview

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The first release candidate of Linux Mint 12 KDE was made available for download yesterday, but do not be surprised if the “stable” version is released next week. While we await that, here are a few screen shots for your viewing pleasure. read more...
permapage | score:7829 | -finid, January 12, 2012

KDE SC 4.4 review

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The latest KDE release; more than bug fixes...
KDE's social networking and network collaboration features received the biggest boost. Another focus was the further improvement of the Plasma Netbook shell. This alternative desktop is designed to improve the ergonomics of KDE for netbook users. The changes are complemented by added structural modifications.
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permapage | score:7789 | -Ray, February 12, 2010

PCLinuxOS 2010 KDE Screenshots

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Screenshots of the PCLinuxOS 2010 KDE 4.4.2 desktop which is the default desktop environment for PCLinuxOS 2010.
PCLinuxOS 2010 KDE features the Linux kernel 2.6.32.11-bfs, KDE 4.4.2, Nvidia and ATI fglrx driver support, and enhanced multimedia, wireless, and printer support. Something that caught my eye right away was the MyLiveCD feature that allows users to take a snapshot and burn it to a CD essentially creating a custom live CD based on PCLinuxOS 2010. Also new, parental controls and an updated control center.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7775 | -aweber, April 22, 2010

KDE 3.4.1 Klax Live-CD Screenshots

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kde.org announced - The KDE Project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.4.1, a maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes.

OSDir has the shots of KDE 3.4.1 Klax Live-CD. read more...
permapage | score:7767 | -linuxbeta, June 3, 2005

KDE vs. GNOME: Admin tools

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A comparison of the configuration and administration tools and approaches used by KDE and GNOME...
By contrast, GNOME has favored a System menu of separate items. The exact contents of the System menu depends on the distribution, but usually it is divided into Personal and Administration sub-menus. This division can sometimes cause confusion, especially when similar items are in both menus, or where an item belongs is unclear. For instance, network configuration tools can be found in both sub-menus, while printer configuration could be justified as belonging in either.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7664 | -Ray, January 27, 2010

PCLinuxOS 2011 KDE Review

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Looking for a replacement for Ubuntu, he finds PCLinuxOS...
After a bit of research, I decided to try PCLinuxOS (version 2010.2). Many individuals had good experiences with the distro, and I liked some of the edgier things it had to offer (BFS instead of CFS, for example). I also liked that there was no server remix – this was a desktop-only distro, which is exactly what I needed
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permapage | score:7653 | -Ray, February 18, 2011

KDE4: Improvements to Konsole

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This is a major update to Konsole...
... the split-view mode, pictured below, is inspired by GNU Screen. It is a console output cloning tool so that you can see two views of the same scroll buffer. For example, if you are a developer, and you need to compile something really big (like say, KDE), then you can read through the scroll at your own pace on one side, while still monitor the output progress simultaneously. This is not a multi-panel model like Konqueror, so much as it is a cloning mode that lets you see more than one thing at a time within the same buffer. In this shot, the two sides are displaying the same output, just scrolled to different points.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7620 | -Ray, May 28, 2007

Customize Linux Mint 12 KDE

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This article provides simple suggestions that you can employ to customize an installation of Linux Mint 12 KDE that would make it a little bit more user-friendly and fun to use.

Step 1. Apply updates – By default, the first time you log into any installation of Linux Mint 12 KDE, new or old, the system will check for updates 30 seconds after you log in and every 15 minutes afterwards.
To ensure that you are running the latest software versions, it is best to apply or install any available updates pronto. But do you want the system to be checking for updates every 15 minutes? read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:7597 | -finid, February 7, 2012

Fedora 17 alpha KDE screen shots

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The first public step towards the release of Fedora 17, code-named Beefy Miracle, was taken yesterday with the release of Fedora 17 alpha.

Fedora fans are encouraged to download, install and report bugs to the Fedora QA team. From the test installation of this alpha release that I have made, bug hunters will be very busy. I know I will be. read more...
permapage | score:7515 | -finid, March 4, 2012

Install Quick Access on Linux Mint 12 KDE

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I am always looking for tools and applications that make the desktop a lot more fun to use, while boosting my productivity at the same time. Such tools should accomplish those objectives without getting in the way. I have already written about two of them in 2 cool reasons to use the K Desktop Environment. In this article, steps you need to install another one of such applications in Linux Mint 12 KDE are presented read more...
permapage | score:7500 | -finid, January 23, 2012

How to custmize KDE titlebar buttons

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If you are using the latest KDE edition of your favorite distribution, your window titlebar could be missing a button or two that you most certainly need. That is definitely the case on Sabayon 9 KDE. The titlebar could also be sporting spacers that you do not need, as is the case on Kubuntu 12.04. read more...
permapage | score:7490 | -finid, July 4, 2012
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