KDE 4 Look Part 2: Amarok 2.3.2 in KDE 4.5 and Fedora 14

There was a time when I thought Amarok was the best music player on Linux.  I even used to run it in Gnome as you can see from this 2005 screenshot.  In that first link you can read me gushing over Amarok 1.4.  I loved all the integrated technologies, especially the metadata juggling Amarok did. … Continue reading “KDE 4 Look Part 2: Amarok 2.3.2 in KDE 4.5 and Fedora 14”

Taking Fedora 22 KDE Spin Beta for a spin

It’ll be of no surprise to regular readers of this blog that I’m both a fan of the Fedora distribution of Linux as well as the KDE desktop. For the first time in six years, the KDE desktop is changing again. While the change is not as radical as the change from KDE 3 to … Continue reading “Taking Fedora 22 KDE Spin Beta for a spin”

Exploring btrfs for backups Part 2: Installing on My /Home Directory and using my new Python Script

I got my new hard drive that would replace my old, aging /home hard drive. As you read in part 1, I wanted to put btrfs on it. This is my journey to get it up and running. Plugged it into my hard drive toaster and ran gparted. Because of the peculiarities of btrfs and … Continue reading “Exploring btrfs for backups Part 2: Installing on My /Home Directory and using my new Python Script”

Review: Installation and first Look: Fuduntu 2012.1

Fuduntu started off as a customized Fedora install, but recently forked Fedora to create their own special distro that borrowed a bit from Ubuntu and a bit from Fedora.  It has a very nice look when it first starts up and I almost forget that it’s Gnome 2.x:     I decide to jump right … Continue reading “Review: Installation and first Look: Fuduntu 2012.1”

Taking a Look at Blogilo 1.1

For the most part, I haven’t seen the point of using blog editors like Blogilo.  While there might have been a purpose to them back in the dialup days, it seems pointless in the days of always on broadband connections.  Also, back before blog software like WordPress had their great visual editors, I could see … Continue reading “Taking a Look at Blogilo 1.1”

Preupgrade from Fedora 15 (Lovelock) to Fedora 16 (Verne)

As usual, every time I upgrade Fedora I write a blog post to preserve this knowledge for others who might run across the same problem or in case it happens to me again next year.  This time around the situation was a little less smooth than previous upgrades.  After the preupgrade was done, when I … Continue reading “Preupgrade from Fedora 15 (Lovelock) to Fedora 16 (Verne)”

Testing out kde-telepathy in Fedora Rawhide

I’ve been reading a lot about kde-telepathy and it seems to be the next evolution beyond Kopete.  So I decided to check it out in my Fedora Rawhide VM since that’s going to have the latest packages and telepathy is still in deep beta.  When I installed all the packages that seemed to be important, … Continue reading “Testing out kde-telepathy in Fedora Rawhide”

Looking Back at Comic Books

Recently I was thinking about cataloguing my comic books.  Recent family events convinced me to get on with it and so I spent all weekend putting the information into the KDE collection database Tellico.  It had lots of useful fields to fill out, so I figured I was probably only going to do this once … Continue reading “Looking Back at Comic Books”

Testing out KDE’s Activities

Now that KDE 4.6 has finally landed in Fedora (KDE 4.6.1, to be precise) I can properly test activities.  I spoke before of how I planned to use them back in this post.  So let’s see how well it works in practice.  I think for my first activity, I will setup an activity for programming … Continue reading “Testing out KDE’s Activities”

KDE Browsers Part 1: The Arguments

I’ve been using web browsers since Internet Explorer 1 and Netscape Navigator 3. I’ve blogged about my browser history quite a bit. I’ve ended up using Chrome on all my platforms. It works on Linux and Windows and I can have my bookmarks synced up across all those platforms. Now, I’m not a huge user … Continue reading “KDE Browsers Part 1: The Arguments”

KDE Look Part 6: 4 Months In

I started using KDE in November of last year so I figured that I’d give an update on how things are working for me four months in.  First off, KDE 4.6.x has not yet hit the official Fedora repositories.  Since I like to yum upgrade or preupgrade from release to release, I try to stay … Continue reading “KDE Look Part 6: 4 Months In”

When KDE 4’s Activities Finally Made Sense

I’ve been using KDE since November of 2010 around the time that 4.5 was released for Fedora. Around the time of 4.4, the KDE folks, especially Aaron Seigo and the rest of the Plasma team, started really pushing activities. I kept talking to people on identica and I couldn’t quite figure out the point of … Continue reading “When KDE 4’s Activities Finally Made Sense”

Developing my first plasmoid Part 1

I have three main hobbies: photography, my webcomic and programming.  After spending a year working on my 365 Project, I’ve been taking a lot less photos as that part of my brain takes a break.  After working with Dan to get the story for INM worked out through May of this year and working on … Continue reading “Developing my first plasmoid Part 1”

KDE Look Part 5: KOffice 2

Back when I first started using Linux I was using a very underpowered computer that I got donated as part of my research at school.  So OpenOffice.org was a real pain in the butt to use.  It took forever to load!  KOffice, on the other hand, loaded up quickly.  At that time, with KOffice 1, … Continue reading “KDE Look Part 5: KOffice 2”