What's new in KDE version 4?

Posted on in Categories Kde, Linux, Linux desktop last updated October 13, 2007

KDE an easy-to-use desktop environment for UNIX / Linux. KDE 4 is the next major release and it is scheduled for release on December 2007. The new version claims t make KDE faster and more memory efficient by leveraging the greater speed and efficiency of Qt 4.x and increased efficiency in the KDE libraries themselves. There is a nice review published by Korneliusz Jarzebsk:

KDE 4 is coming. It’s starting to look and behave mature enough to use it on a normal desktop. This article is a little introduction to what you might be expecting from the brand new KDE due later this year. It’s been a whole month when I’ve investigated the new environment called KDE 4. Honestly I wanted to wait till “Beta 3″, which should have appeared on 5th October. But as you all can see it has never happened. On the IRC channel #kde4-devel I was informed that the “Beta 3″ should have been tagged yesterday but unfortunately it didn’t turn out to be true. Not waiting any longer I made my mind and I have updated the SVN and have run the cmake.

What’s new in KDE version 4?
(KDE 4 Desktop)

=> KDE 4 Preview. Also don’t forget to check KDE4 wikipedia page. It has more information and screen shots.

I turn my Linux computer off and when I turn it on it runs disk check (fsck) on hard disk. Why?

Posted on in Categories Gnome, Howto, Kde, Linux, Linux desktop, Ubuntu Linux last updated September 13, 2007

A typical question asked by many new Linux users. The answer is pretty simple:

Your partitions are not being unmounted properly when you last shutdown the Linux desktop. Linux needs to shutdown properly (I’m sure this applies to Windows and Mac OS too) before powered off. If you skip this step there could be data loss.

If you are using text based session (CLI), type following command as privileged user:
shutdown -h now
OR
halt

If you are using GUI (KDE / Gnome or any other Windows Manager) click on System > Quit button. Look out for shutdown button.

Do not unplug the power supply. Also use UPS (Uninterruptible power supply) to protect data and to avoid other problems. I recommend APC ups for continuous supply of electric power.

Updated for accuracy.

How to: Control Amarok Media Player with Bluetooth Enabled Phone

Posted on in Categories Howto, Kde, Linux, Linux desktop last updated September 5, 2007

This is a nice hack and a small how to about controlling Amarok media player:

Ever since I’ve received my new phone, bluetooth has excited me. To be honest, the notion of being able to control my pc from the phone was the exciting aspect. Ever wondered how to do this? Let me elaborate.

How to: Control Amarok Media Player with Bluetooth Enabled Phone
(Image Source: Authors blog)

=> Control Amarok with Bluetooth

Gnome or KDE Keyboard Shortcuts you must know

Posted on in Categories Gnome, Howto, Kde, Links, Linux desktop last updated May 25, 2006

Shell (command prompt) offers fastest way to finish your work. However, not everyone out there is comfortable with shell. Therefore, you end up using KDE or Gnome. After some time you will fill that, you need combination of both keyboard and mouse to get best result.

Novell has published a nice list of essential keyboard short cut that will save your time under KDE or Gnome desktop.

“…Tired of using your mouse so much? Did you know that both KDE and Gnome have keyboard shortcuts for just about everything you can do with a mouse?…”

=> Read all keyboard shortcuts

This is useful and helpful for all new and advanced users 🙂