Choosing an OS

There is April – the time of “to upgrade or not to upgrade” question for every Ubuntu user. For sure, the 12.04 “Precise Pangolin” release is going to be LTS (Long-Term Support) so perhaps, the answer in another time would be simple and obvious. But for me, things are much more complex now.

This article is mostly negative but I am rather confused than angry. Yes, I know that it makes no sense to bitch about open-source software: the only adequate response would always be “come in and make it better” and I am 100% agreed with that point. But the problem is much bigger than the bugs or missed features or even than controversial design decisions: the problem is an attitude which is much more difficult, if even possible to fix.

Nepomuk-KDE with the Sesame backend

There is a helpful article on how to make Nepomuk a lot faster by switching its default storage backend to Sesame2:

Pimp my Nepomuk

Kubuntu Hardy

Finally moved my main working machine to Kubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron”. Yeah, late a bit, but it is my everyday working environment so I have to take these upgrades very seriously to not put my work into mess even for a day. Fortunately, no bad things were happened and in a lucky weekend I got Kubuntu 8.04 installed with all software I needed.

How to make a shortcut for Memoranda in KDE

Because of its crossplatform nature (“run anywhere”), Memoranda has no default “installer” to be embedded into user’s desktop environment automatically. But it is pretty easy to integrate it into that environment. Let’s see how to do that in KDE case.

Beryl

I’m feeling diggy a bit, because my desktop is shaking and spinning now. I’m trying Beryl – a 3D desktop and window manager for Linux.

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Using “win-key” in KDE

It is nearly impossible to buy a PC keyboard without a key with the flag icon, which is usually referred as a “Win-key”. It is, of course, a question if there are any logical reasons to stamp a particular private OS logo on a universal hardware, but I am not going to discuss it right now. Instead of that, let’s see how to use this additional key for improving Linux user productivity.

Getting new mail onto the desktop

I had nice last weekend gathering new harvest of apples, drinking fresh apple juice and playing with SuperKaramba widgets – a good opportunity to take a sort of “recreational programming”. Perhaps all modern KDE users know those nice resource eaters eye-candies which are living right on the desktop surface and displaying the clocks, calendars, weather forecasts, system monitors and so on.

Instead of developing some Yet Another Big Animated Clock, I decided to write something practical. What I’d like to have is a widget which would ask my e-mail client (KMail) for the headers of the latest unread messages to show them on the desktop.

[Tools:] BasKet – A persistent clipboard

BasKet is one of those small productivity tools which does a lot for improving our life’s quality. Everyday we deal with tons of small data items – text quotes and notes, web links, passwords, mail addresses, phone numbers etc. Generally, these units of a user microcosm are too small and too numerous to be stored as files and should be easily findable and quickly accessible. BasKet is a KDE software which is intended to manage this kind of data.

[Tools:] digiKam – Manage your photos

digiKamdigiKam is a digital photo management application for KDE. It provides a full image processing cycle – from acquiring and editing to collection organizing, browsing and exporting.