There are several ways to manage your keyboard shortcuts in Linux. Here is how you can assign or remap keyboard shortcuts in Gnome and KDE.
It can be hard to find the best desktop environment. Here are our recommendations for the best Desktop Environments for your particular use case.
Let’s take a trip into the land of KDE’s desktop effects and see how you can use them to improve both your desktop’s aesthetics and usability.
If you install CentOS on your desktop, you will find Gnome as the default desktop environment. Here is how to install KDE Plasma on CentOS.
Fedora has plenty of Desktop Environments for you to explore. Here we will show you how to switch Desktop Environments in Fedora.
KDE Plasma is one of the most popular Linux desktop environments. This KDE Plasma review will cover its user interface, performance and who should use it.
Compton is a desktop compositor that can run on even low-end hardware. Learn how you can speed up your Linux desktop with Compton on Mate, Xfce and KDE.
PCLinuxOS is known for doing things differently than other distros, so what makes its users so happy, and how does it stack up for the Average Joe?
KDE’s screenshot tool insists on including a shadow when capturing the screen. This shows how to take screenshots without the shadow in KDE.
There are times when your Linux desktop will just freeze and stop responding to input. Here is how you can restart the frozen desktop without rebooting.
KDE allows you to set up rules that define how an application window appears on the desktop. Learn how you can better manage your application windows in KDE.
Setting the terminal as a transparent wallpaper is a great way to use the terminal and enjoy your wallpaper at the same time. Here’s how to do it in Kubuntu.
Setting up a printer in Linux is not as difficult as you think. Most printer models are already supported by default. Learn how to set up a printer on your Linux desktop.
KDE Plasma truly is a beautifully-designed Linux desktop. With so many themes to choose from, these are some of the best KDE Plasma themes around.
Over the years, Linux has continued to become friendlier for new users. That push includes graphical software centers for installing and managing apps. It’s a great idea, but can GNOME and KDE Plasma pull it off?
The KDE Community have developed a ton of high-quality applications for different needs. Here are some of the best KDE Plasma applications you should try.
Netrunner OS is a KDE plasma-based Linux distro. It comes in two flavours: standard (based on Kubuntu) & rolling (based on Manjaro). Let’s take a closer look.
KDE is full of customization options and the default lock screen might be one of the things you’d like to change. Here’s how you can do it.
If you want to change the color of your folder icons without installing a new icon set, Dolphin Folder Color for KDE is a great solution.
A clock doesn’t have to rely on boring numbers. Check out these interesting KDE clock widgets and Plasmoids with a creative approach to telling the time.
For those who are not fans of the Ubuntu unity desktop, there are several Ubuntu derivatives for specific purposes. How out how to pick the best one for you.
For simple file management, the default file manager will suffice. But if you are looking for a more powerful file management tool, you got to try Krusader.
When you think of editing images on Linux, your first thought may be of GIMP, but do you know that Gwenview can be a useful photo editor as well?
There are several media center applications for Linux users. For fans of KDE, there’s a new Plasma Media Center that will fit in nicely with your desktop.
The Plasmoids is one useful feature in KDE that didn’t receive plenty of attention. Here, we will show you 5 useful KDE plasmoids that you can make good use of.
Most Linux users are familiar with the various desktop manager like KDE, GNOME, etc, but few understands the important component that makes each of these desktops possible – the venerable X-Window System. Let’s take a look at this important piece of software in more detail.
Email has changed dramatically over the years. What was once a single program on your computer that occasionally shouted “You’ve got mail” is now on the web, on your smartphone, and probably with you wherever you go. As easy as it is to dismiss the past necessity for having a standalone email client, there are […]
With the release of Gnome 3, many developers of GTK apps have begun to port their programs from GTK2 to GTK3. If you have used Ubuntu 11.04, you will notice that many of the popular GTK2 themes did not yet have GTK3 equivalents, which left the few GTK3 applications looking awful.
KDE has always given users the ability to add launchers to its panel, and it has always had a very usable task manager. Until recently, however, there has not been a comprehensive and well-designed merging of the two. The Icon Tasks widget has changed all of that. It is a robust plasma widget that includes […]
KDE has an easy-to-use system for configuring programs or scripts to run at startup. Linux distributions also have methods of starting programs at boot, but there are some unique instances when it would be ideal to start a script at the moment KDM starts, in between the start of X and the start of your […]
When KDE 4 was first released, it was met with both hope and dismay, depending on the person you asked. Some loved everything from the new interface to the improved functionality. Others called it a significant step, but one in the wrong direction. Those purists still love KDE 3.5, and many of them continue to […]
KDE icons are generally very easy to customize, and there is a complete graphical interface in System Settings for choosing an icon theme or installing a new one. One thing you might notice, however, is that the standard KDE tray icons are all monochrome. When you start using non-KDE apps or lesser-known KDE apps that […]
Although some might consider it blasphemous, the default KDE desktop is not a style everyone automatically likes. If it were, KDE-Look.org would not be filled with desktop themes, window manager themes, and more. KDE is all about customization, and the ability to make it look however you want is part of that. I have spoken […]
KDE offers one of the most comprehensive and flexible notification systems (KNotify). In addition to system notifications, nearly every program has notification settings that are integrated into the larger desktop environment. Moreover, KDE’s notification system is configurable for just about any type of user, including those who need specific accessibility features.
With the past few releases, Ubuntu has been focusing more and more on their homegrown desktop Unity. Some people love it, but a lot of us don’t. Fortunately, as with all things Linux, there are many alternative options. For those of us who just can’t find a way to unite with Unity, here are 5 […]
Text appearance is probably one of the most underrated features of any computing experience. It is easy to overlook fonts because words are all around us, and we expect them to be pleasing to the eyes and easy to read, but probably only notice when they are not. In reality, a font can make or […]
Since its official inclusion in KDE, the Desktop Effects component of KWin has received mixed reviews. Many of the negative reviews point to performance problems, some of which are the result of the dramatically diverse offering of Linux drivers available for graphics cards. Not all graphics cards are equal, but one would expect them to […]
The KDE team has released the latest version of KDE 4.7 late last month. This latest version brings many new features and improved stability and performance, particularly in the Plasma workspaces and the various KDE applications. What’s new in KDE 4.7 Improved Oxygen theme Long time KDE user will know that the Oxygen GTK theme […]
In Mac, there is the Smart Folder that allows you to sort and organize your files and folders. In KDE, there is the Magic Folder that can do the same thing. Magic Folder is a plasmoid for KDE that enables you to organize your files effortlessly. All you need to do is to drag and […]
I have just started using Kubuntu a week ago. Being a new user of the KDE desktop, I admit that I am have difficulty getting used to its terms. One of the thing I am always confuse is the difference between plasmoids and widgets. The two terms are used interchangeably and it took some googling […]
Ubuntu Natty has been out for almost two weeks. If you do not like the Unity interface, nor the classic Gnome, you could install KDE and give it a spin. We have covered KDE 4 several times and it is elegant and by far the best KDE distribution. Here’s how you can install KDE in […]
Ever so often, I take a stroll over to KDE-Apps.org and look at some of the fantastic creations people from the KDE community develop. There are a wide range of apps in nearly every category, but I have selected 5 that stand out and would be very useful additions to my desktop and hopefully yours […]
KDE is beautiful, even if you never change a thing on your desktop. What makes it even more appealing is all of the customizable visual features. Three areas you should consider spicing up a little are your KDE style/theme, your Plasma Workspace theme, and your icons. The following are just a few of the most popular […]
KTorrent is KDE’s BitTorrent client that has a uniquely useful plugin allowing users to connect and add torrents remotely using a web browser. In a previous post, we gave you a taste of what Ktorrent can do. Today, you will learn how to start Ktorrent remotely, add torrents from URLs or file uploads, and make […]
On January 26th of this year, KDE released version 4.6.0 of its Plasma Workspaces, Applications, and Development Platform. While many major versions of KDE have focused on features, 4.5 was mostly a stabilizing release, fixing thousands of bugs. The 4.6 release is all about polish. It is the icing on the cake for KDE 4, adding speed, visual […]
We have gone through how you can upgrade your Dropbox to version 1.0 in Ubuntu, but that method won’t work for Kubuntu (which is running KDE). The frontend for Ubuntu included with Dropbox currently has Gnome dependencies, namely Nautilus. If you are using Kubuntu or any other KDE-based distribution, you probably do not want Nautilus […]
Part of the free software experience is having the freedom to setup your workspace the way you want it. KDE, the popular free software compilation for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems, offers a plethora of configuration and customization options. Among those options are a number of methods for accessing files quickly and easily.
Part of the big hype over the release of KDE 4 was its new and improved eye candy, mostly due to the Plasma workspace. Those who liked the changes, loved the new KDE from the beginning. Those who did not are still complaining about it. But like any good desktop environment, you are by no […]
Recently, I decided that instead of copying video files from one computer to another when I wanted to watch something on my TV, I would setup my network to stream the videos. I had previously tried NFS and UPnP, both without very impressive results. Therefore, I decided to try Samba, even though my perception of […]
Balancing work, home, school, or any other component of your life can be hectic. Many people use computers with the intention to simplify their lives, but that does not always happen. One of the biggest obstacles to effective use of computers is file and application organization. File managers, docks, panels, task bars, and other similar […]