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Remote Desktop Sharing with KRDC

Remote Desktop Sharing with KRDC

If you happen to be the resident “geek” in your house, workplace, or school, you have probably used VNC. It allows you to remotely connect to another computer and even control it. When used for legitimate technical support, it is a useful tool for helping users who are not present in the same room, building, or […]

Blogilo: KDE’s blogging client

Blogilo: KDE’s blogging client

Social media has taken over the Web in a very big way. It has even been argued that social media is the new Web or “new media”.  From social networking sites like Facebook to video sharing sites like YouTube, social media services occupy all of the top 20 most popular sites on Alexa.com, excluding search engines. […]

5 Firefox Add-ons For Better KDE Integration

5 Firefox Add-ons For Better KDE Integration

KDE’s default web browser is Konqueror, and many users love it for its speed, integration with KDE, and its host of features. Nevertheless, some sites do not perform as well as they do in Mozilla Firefox, and some users prefer the large number of available Firefox add-ons. Furthermore, users who move from Windows to Linux […]

A Preview of KDE 4.4

A Preview of KDE 4.4

A highly anticipated release, KDE 4.4 has taken necessary steps to solidify the underlying Plasma technology of KDE 4 and add polish to the already shiny surface. This week, MakeTechEasier will take you on a preview of the upcoming KDE 4.4 release, scheduled for February 9. I recently installed Release Candidate 1 on my desktop […]

How to create email filters with KMail

How to create email filters with KMail

KMail is a feature-rich desktop email client for KDE that is part of the Kontact suite of PIM (Personal Information Management) applications. Last week, we covered email template creation in KMail, and this week, we will continue the series with a look at KMail’s sophisticated filtering system.

How to Create Custom Email Templates in KMail

How to Create Custom Email Templates in KMail

Many Internet users have turned to web-based email and use it as their primary means of electronic communication. Some corporations have even adopted “cloud computing” solutions, where their email delivery and retrieval is handled by an outside company. Nevertheless, there are many reasons why a user might still prefer a traditional email client.  Because of that, […]

How to customize your KDE desktop with KDE-Look.org

How to customize your KDE desktop with KDE-Look.org

KDE-Look.org is part of a family of desktop websites, all under the umbrella of OpenDesktop.org. With each release, KDE is moving closer to complete integration with OpenDesktop.org, where the installation of new themes and visual improvements are seamless. There are already several visual components of the K desktop environment that are already integrated. Among them are: […]

Two ways to Edit Multiple Photos with digiKam

Two ways to Edit Multiple Photos with digiKam

digiKam is a powerful and complete photo management tool for KDE. Among its many features is the ability to run batch processes, thanks to the Kipi plugin set, which is also used in other KDE software like Gwenview. With a few simple clicks, users can manipulate multiple photos simultaneously, without having to remember long command line […]

KDE Plasma Netbook Preview

KDE Plasma Netbook Preview

With the growing popularity of netbooks, it is no surprise that many Linux distributions and software developers have created customized versions of their software to run on them. Some of the popular choices include Ubuntu’s Netbook Remix and Intel’s Moblin.  Not to be counted out, KDE now has a version of their desktop environment designed for […]

How to Take Perfect Screenshots with KSnapshot

How to Take Perfect Screenshots with KSnapshot

Writers at MakeTechEasier taken more screen shots than many other computer users will take in their lifetimes. We all use our favorite programs and usually do not give them a second thought. The user who might occasionally want to give an instructional lesson or just show off some desktop eye candy will probably need a […]

How to Install KDE in Windows

How to Install KDE in Windows

For over a decade, KDE has supplied Linux and Unix users with a graphical desktop environment and a suite of useful applications. It has become one of the most popular desktop environments and is the default on many Linux distributions. With the coming of KDE 4, developers promised native KDE applications running on Windows. While the current […]

Tablet Note-taking Made Easy with Xournal

Tablet Note-taking Made Easy with Xournal

Every tablet needs a good writing application –something to take notes, make annotations, and maybe even scribble a quick sketch. Xournal is a GTK-based program that does just that.  It works with Linux-compatible desktop graphics tablets, tablet PCs, and maemo-based handheld devices (such as the soon-to-be released Nokia N900). Xournal is available in many distribution […]

Using Kate As a Web Editor

Using Kate As a Web Editor

There are many applications out there that provide project-based web development tools and very feature-rich interfaces, but sometimes all you really need is a good text editor. For those times, there are few editors that can stand up to the KDE powerhouse called Kate. Kate is a multi-document interface (MDI) text editor, available for both KDE […]

5 System Administration Tools for KDE

5 System Administration Tools for KDE

Keeping any computer system running can be some work. It would be nice if we never had to do any type of maintenance or troubleshooting, but no operating system has reached that point. Many desktop Linux users have server administration experience and are quite comfortable dropping to the command line and tinkering with their system. […]

Lancelot: An Alternative KDE Menu

Lancelot: An Alternative KDE Menu

Many KDE 3 users swear by the K menu and would dare anyone to challenge it with something better. Fortunately for those people, KDE 4 retained that menu version as an option. For the rest of us, there are a couple of more robust menus that offer a variety of features. Lancelot is a third-party […]

Preview of Kubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

Preview of Kubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

The release of the newest version of Ubuntu is only 10 days away. Many sites, including MakeTechEasier have covered its pending arrival and given you a glimpse of the Beta version. Today we are going to take a look at Kubuntu, the KDE-based version of Ubuntu.

The Many Ways to Copy, Move, Rename, and Archive in KDE 4

The Many Ways to Copy, Move, Rename, and Archive in KDE 4

In my last post, I covered some of the features in Dolphin that I find particularly useful. In this post, you will learn about some very basic features that everyone uses, but you may not know all of the various easy methods of accomplishing them. In KDE, there are several ways to copy, move, rename, […]

Master Dolphin in KDE 4

Master Dolphin in KDE 4

Dolphin is KDE 4’s default file manager, and is a departure from KDE 3, which relied on Konqueror for file management. Unlike Konqueror, which functions as a web browser and many other things, Dolphin is specifically used for file management. If you prefer to use Konqueror or any other file manager, you can change the […]

How to Configure Custom Shortcuts in KDE

How to Configure Custom Shortcuts in KDE

Perhaps Mac users know this better than anyone else.  Shortcut keys do exactly what they say, give you shortcuts, saving you time. On my previous computer, my “C” key had worn off the keyboard because I spent so much time copying with “Ctrl-C” rather than going to the menu each time to select “copy”. Whether you […]

How to Use Digikam to Export Photos to Flickr, PicasaWeb, and Facebook

How to Use Digikam to Export Photos to Flickr, PicasaWeb, and Facebook

Digikam is a free and open source photo management software package for KDE. Many KDE-based Linux distributions either come with Digikam installed or have it available in their repositories. With Digikam, you can import photos from your digital camera or flash memory, organize and tag them, rate them, edit them, and export them to various services […]