Category Archives: kde

fun with linux: Quake Terminal with Yakuake


One of the fun thing of linux have been, have quite a lot of eye candy, and distraction. But sometime these can be quite useful.

Yakuake is a quake style terminal, found in multiplayer Quake. Basically it is just a terminal emulator. Except you start it by pressing f12, then it will scroll down. press f12 again to minimize it.

To get it for ubuntu, you can go:
http://getdeb.net/app/Yakuake

you can install it with either, gdebi program that start after the download or double click it.

For other distro, it might be in your repository. Didn’t really check it out yet.

fun with linux: fun with KBluetooth pt2


Part 2 of the article involve another program comes with KBluetooth, Which names Send File in the menu, when you open it, it is Bluetooth OBEX Push client, Which is a bit verbose. But on the other hand, seems to work quite well. Except for certain thing I can’t test yet.

Like KBlueLock, you start the program by right click on KBluetooth icon, and select Send File

You might need to search for your phone, once you are done, you can drag a file, file manager panel to the bottom. And click send. Wait then you done!!!

The thing is, file transfer from phone is broken in kubuntu gutsy. Hopefully they fix it in Hardy.

fun with linux: fun with KBluetooth pt1

Kde comes with a framework that provide a set of software to be used with bluetooh, it is called kbluetooth. It is actually comes with kubuntu by default.

One interesting tools in it is, kbluelock. Basically it is a program that lock the screen, when bluetooth signal from a designated phone disappeared.

You can call it, by right click on the kbluetooth, which is on the system tray,
Right click on it, you should see a few program, Select KBlueLock,


It really don’t do much at first, just select the right option will prompt KBlueLock to search for your phone. I just select both. And the phone.

What really cool is, my friend didn’t really saw this type of program on windows before, which to me really cool. Someway to show off, linux

One thing is, it is dead easy to configure, another is, well, it take sometime to lock and unlock the screen. And can be a bit limiting

kde 4 on kubuntu gutsy

Yesterday, kde 4, officially launch. Was downloading it in the morning. And spending the rest of the day, figuring it out.

I install it by using the resource here
http://kubuntu.org/announcements/kde-4.0.php

So it could be different, than what you see on your distro.

What happen, first thing first, there is many changes in kde it self,
visible changes:
1) The kmenu have been replaced with kickoff. which is official menu in the newer suse version. Have extra features like search bar, menu changes etc.

2) there is a small button on the upper rights. That have a button to
control the widgets called plasmoid.

3) The icons, looks like plasmoid, aka the kde 4 widgets. Actually it is a widgets.

The not so visible one:
1) There is actually desktop effect on kde 4. Many looks ok, not all work. Seriously I prefer compiz more.

2) If you use the widgets on linux, like superkaramba, and desklets, you can change the orientation of the widgets.

3) This counts, as invisible I put it here anyway. Basically there is also many changes in term of the internal, and the library. So It nice to see a revamp.
The good:
1) Everything look nice, the oxygen theme, make it looks beautiful.
2) The widgets aka plasmoids, mix the desktop quite nicely, and there is a few customization too.
3) Desktop effect is nice, and we don’t really need extra dependency like compiz to make it work.
4) Kickoff, make the KDE menu easy to work with

The bad:
1) The panel, on bottom of the screen, need a GUI, it doesn’t have it yet. But It will be in KDE 4.1, which I think will be soon
2) Call me crazy, why can’t I create new folder using dolphin, on kde 4. Or it is a kubuntu issue
3) Some of the widgets not working yet.
4) Hope to see more application move to kde.
5) It’s bit crash’ish. Need to delete the kde4 config directory a few times. To restore the panel, and kde 4 itself.
6) Would be nice that, gtk apps, can be made to look nicer under kde 4. Because it is ugly

What I can say on KDE 4, is well, if you can wait, wait for 4.1. Hopefully by then it will be more polished. On the other hand, most of the infrastructure is there already. So it should not be long.

What is interesting now, is seeing how the kubuntu guys, integrate kde 4 with ubuntu

smb4k: a kde utility to connect windows share on linux


When you use linux, there is a few problem, one of it is, using windows share folder. While many distro have bundle plugin for their default file manager, like kde’s konqueror, and dolphin, and gnome’s nautilus. At least, ubuntu have did that.

Sometime, it just nice to have utility for browsing windows shares. smb4k is one such utility. It’s a utility that is used to browser windows shares. It features, a network browser, a search function, and a configuration manager for your samba. And yeah did I tell you, It mount shares. Meaning, once you are connected to a network, it will automatically, mount the shared folder, you can access it, like any folder.

Let say, I think it’s refreshing to have another way to access a shared folder, than to use the default file manager. And comes with the nice features too.