Posts tagged ‘kde’

Pimp my Slack!

I am a KDE fan. Besides the eye-candy, I love the KDE apps. They are much better at functionality than their Gnome counterparts, e.g-> Brasero in Gnome has caused a lot of burn failures, whereas K3b is just perfect. Gnome just gets in your way of doing things. Anyway, this article is about what I did with my default Slackware install to make it more beautiful. Before I proceed let me tell you, I will be using Slackware 13.0 with vbatts KDE4.3.1 packages, but that shouldn’t be a problem for you if you are using any other KDE version!

What changes are we going to make?

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openSUSE 11.2: Getting Started!

First things first, let me once again tell you I’ve become a huge fan of openSUSE. it’s absolutely everything I look for in an OS Desktop OS.

Now I’m gonna write my experience down. A few slight quirks, which was not SUSE’s fault but since I’m new to it [ well I used it a year ago, but that was only for a month], it was mainly because I wasn’t aware of SUSE’s way of doing things.

openSUSE is well known for it’s user-friendliness. YAST has the ultimate tool which is everything that you need in order to control your system. From repositories to Kernel Modules, you can customize anything using it. It’s an all in one super control center for your machine.

I will only talk about KDE here, since I don’t use Gnome.

After the install was over, I was asked to update around 500megs of packages. I was shocked as this was a fresh install. So I went into YasT -> Software Management->Installation Summary, and found out that the packages were mainly aspell and OpenOffice Language packs. So I taboofied them as I didn’t want them installed ever. 😀

My update was then cut from 500 to 23Mb and I updated a few packages.

Immediately I had to get the Nvidia driver to fix my display. So, I added the Nvidia repo and installed the driver.

Then I wanted to see how multimedia support was. As I had installed from the KDE Live CD and not the DVD [which I have downloaded later to keep incase of a re-install], I needed to download a lot of stuffs, mainly codecs and players,etc. I came accross this guide in the forum which helped me get started.

Being an Arch user the best part I liked about openSUSE was their Additional Package Repositories. It is like AUR but segmented into various categories.

So I added a few repos from there, like KDE community,backports, VLC, Education, Games,etc. Now that I learnt how to use YaST, I wanted to check out the CLI way in openSUSE. You have to use zypper.

So to refresh the package repos [as root]:

zypper ref

To list repos:

zypper lr

To check upates:

zypper lu

To update:

zypper up

To check patches:

zypper pchk

zypper lp

[I still don’t know the difference between these two commands.]

Anyway, so I was quite happy with my KDE 4.3.1 for a few days and then decided to see how I can manage to install KDE 4.3.3. I asked about it in the forum, and was pretty much satisfied with the quick reply.So, my KDE upgrade was successful.

Overall my openSUSE 11.2 experience was quite good. It impressed me. Last year when I tried it, I had lotsa problems. YaST was slow. KDE4.1 was buggy, it would crash every few minutes. But this time around they really released a polished, stable, great looking desktop. YaST works fine and so far no crashes. For the first time, I can suspend to disk easily without any system instability. I am loving my SUSE. 😉

[screenshot] openSUSE 11.2 KDE

[screenshot] My Peaceful KDE Setup

KDE 4.3.3

[news] KDE 4.3.3 is here

One of the great perks of being an Archer is that you get to try out the latest of everything before everyone else. With the Maintenance release of KDE4.3.3 today, surely Arch Linux was ready to provide me with the brand new fresh KDE packages. All I had to do is a “pacman -Syu”.

Many non-Archers/Ubuntu users/People not familiar with rolling release model will go huh? :O That’s it? No new distro release? No re-installation? No formatting? Yup, that’s the beauty of Arch Linux being a Rolling release distribution. Kudos to KDE and Arch developers.

So the upgrade went smooth and then I recompiled the kde-extragear-plasmoids 4.3.3 from AUR. Don’t expect much changes since 4.3.2 as this is not a version upgrade but only a maintenance release. Enjoy the new KDE 4.3.3.

[news] KDE 4.3.2 packages now in Slackware -current



Hello slackers,
You have been waiting for this for a long time indeed. KDE 4.3.2 is even better than 4.2.4 in looks and functionality. I have tested this myself, and it is quite stable. If you have installed vbatts packages then you might have to reinstall these. A note from vbatts himself [LQ forums]:

if anyone downloaded the 4.3.2 packages before the BUILD tag included “_vb”, then you may need to reinstall the kde packages (including oxygen-icons, soprano, PyQt, sip, akonadi, ktorrent, skanlite)
either using “slackpkg reinstall” or download the new packages from -current and “upgradepkg –install-new –reinstall”

You will find the respective Changelogs here. In my Slackware [32bit] the packages work great. No issues so far. Hope they work for you as well.


[screenshot] KDE4.3.1 sleekness

Just a snap of KDE4.3.1. Details:

Wallpaper: Here

Theme: Oxyzone

OS: Arch Linux

Widgets: Analog clock, Daisy, Now playing, yaWP, yasp Main, i hate the cashew, folder view

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