The Best Desktop Environments of 2021

The Best Desktop Environments of 2021

It can be hard to find the best desktop environment. Here are our recommendations for the best Desktop Environments for your particular use case.

By John Perkins -
A Look at KDE Desktop Effects

A Look at KDE Desktop Effects

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.

By Odysseas Kourafalos -
How to Restart a Frozen Desktop in Linux

How to Restart a Frozen Desktop in Linux

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.

By Odysseas Kourafalos -
How to Set Up a Printer in Linux

How to Set Up a Printer in Linux

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.

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7 of the Best KDE Plasma Themes for Linux

7 of the Best KDE Plasma Themes for Linux

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.

By Nick Congleton -
Are Linux GUI Software Centers Any Good? Let’s Find Out!

Are Linux GUI Software Centers Any Good? Let’s Find Out!

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?

By Nick Congleton -
Netrunner 16 at a Glance

Netrunner 16 at a Glance

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.

By Attila Orosz -
How to Customize the Lock Screen on KDE

How to Customize the Lock Screen on KDE

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.

By Ivana Isadora Devcic -
Quick Image Editing With Gwenview

Quick Image Editing With Gwenview

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?

By Aaron Peters -
5 Useful Plasmoids for KDE

5 Useful Plasmoids for KDE

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.

By Rebecca "Ruji" Chapnik -
The GUI You Never Knew You Had: The X-Window System

The GUI You Never Knew You Had: The X-Window System

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.

By Aaron Peters -
How to Check Your Gmail Account with Kmail

How to Check Your Gmail Account with Kmail

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 […]

By Tavis J. Hampton -
How to Make GTK3 Apps Look Presentable in KDE4

How to Make GTK3 Apps Look Presentable in KDE4

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.

By Tavis J. Hampton -
How to Get a Dock-Like Taskbar in KDE with Icon Tasks

How to Get a Dock-Like Taskbar in KDE with Icon Tasks

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 […]

By Tavis J. Hampton -
How to Run Startup Scripts in KDM before KDE Starts

How to Run Startup Scripts in KDM before KDE Starts

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 […]

By Tavis J. Hampton -
How to Make KDE 4 Look Like KDE 3

How to Make KDE 4 Look Like KDE 3

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 […]

By Tavis J. Hampton -
How to Use Custom Tray Icons in KDE

How to Use Custom Tray Icons in KDE

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 […]

By Tavis J. Hampton -
How to Give Any KDE Desktop An Ubuntu Makeover

How to Give Any KDE Desktop An Ubuntu Makeover

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 […]

By Tavis J. Hampton -
A Guide to the KDE Notification System

A Guide to the KDE Notification System

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.

By Tavis J. Hampton -
5 Alternatives to Unity in Ubuntu Oneiric

5 Alternatives to Unity in Ubuntu Oneiric

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 […]

By Joshua Price -
How to Get Great Looking Fonts in KDE

How to Get Great Looking Fonts in KDE

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 […]

By Tavis J. Hampton -
How to Optimize KDE Desktop Effects

How to Optimize KDE Desktop Effects

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 […]

By Tavis J. Hampton -
How to Install KDE 4.7 In Kubuntu Natty [Quick Tips]

How to Install KDE 4.7 In Kubuntu Natty [Quick Tips]

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 […]

By Damien -
Organizing Related Files In KDE With Magic Folder

Organizing Related Files In KDE With Magic Folder

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 […]

By Damien -
How to Install Plasmoids In Kubuntu (KDE)

How to Install Plasmoids In Kubuntu (KDE)

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 […]

By Damien -
How to Install KDE In Ubuntu Natty [Quick Tips]

How to Install KDE In Ubuntu Natty [Quick Tips]

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 […]

By Damien -
5 More Intriguing KDE Apps

5 More Intriguing KDE Apps

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 […]

By Tavis J. Hampton -
Sprinkle Some Eye Candy on your KDE Desktop

Sprinkle Some Eye Candy on your KDE Desktop

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 […]

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How to Remotely Control KTorrent

How to Remotely Control KTorrent

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 […]

By Tavis J. Hampton -
KDE 4.6 Review: It’s Full Of Awesomeness

KDE 4.6 Review: It’s Full Of Awesomeness

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 […]

By Tavis J. Hampton -
How to Install and Use Dropbox in Kubuntu

How to Install and Use Dropbox in Kubuntu

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 […]

By Tavis J. Hampton -
Configuring Places, Bookmarks, and Locations in KDE

Configuring Places, Bookmarks, and Locations in KDE

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.

By Tavis J. Hampton -
7 Ways to Beautify Your KDE 4 Desktop

7 Ways to Beautify Your KDE 4 Desktop

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 […]

By Tavis J. Hampton -
Easy Samba Sharing Setup with KDE

Easy Samba Sharing Setup with KDE

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 […]

By Tavis J. Hampton -
Easy Organization with KDE’s Plasma Shelf Widget

Easy Organization with KDE’s Plasma Shelf Widget

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 […]

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