Loving KDE 4.4

5 03 2010

I’ve been using KDE 4.X for the last three months.  And despite what you might hvave read about from other bloggers and Linux users, I personally love KDE.  I do have a relatively peculiar setup and have been daring enough to install new versions of apps and kernels rather than waiting for a new distro release.  How I got to my current setup:

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Google Chrome runs Flash

24 09 2009

I’ve been dabbling with Chrome (the official Google browser based on the open source Chromium) the last few weeks and have found myself using it more frequently.  I’m particularly fond of it’s speed.  It launches faster than Firefox. And it feels like opening and closing tabs are faster as well. I particularly like it when using my Gmail account because it feels faster as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Emailing on Linux: sticking to one

26 06 2009

outmalithunI use a lot of web-based email services, such as GMail.  But there’s not a whole to say about my experience with using web-based email on Linux since there really is nothing significantly different (Okay, I found out last night that Google Talk Audio/Video calling doesn’t work on Linux yet, but I wouldn’t consider that significant).  So long as the web browser works.

In the past, I’ve used Microsoft Outlook for work and Apple’s Mail App for personal email.  Both are terrific programs.  Outlook let our company easily schedule group appointments and manage contacts.  Apple Mail was dead simple to use and made attaching photos into emails a joy by showing you the picture you’re sending instead of some barely useful thumbnail with even less helpful filename as the description. Read the rest of this entry »

Installation: easy but with snags

16 06 2009

Linux Mint boot splashscreen

Installing from my USB stick using UNetbootin was easy. I won’t be posting a step-by-step guide here because Linux Mint makes it easy enough for you to follow installation instructions. Just like Windows and OS X.

One important thing I will point out that is critical for people who plan to keep, even if at least temporarily, their current operating system is that you will need to go through repartitioning your hard drive.  It’s not a typical procedure most people will know about or even bother with.  For Windows Vista users, instructions can be found here.

Things generally went well but there were hiccups that are worth pointing out.  Why ? Because the everydayperson will be frustrated when they encounter such issues.  Yes, Google and forums help but that takes extra time and effort. Read the rest of this entry »

Choosing Linux Mint for my Thinkpad X200

14 06 2009


Having sold my Macbook Pro, I only had one computer to work with.  My Thinkpad X200 would be both my work and personal machine.  So my choice of which Linux distribution was very important.  (For those who don’t know, a distribution is simply a “flavor” of Linux, each with its own set of included programs and its own look and feel. There are several to choose from, the most popular being Ubuntu, Linux Mint and OpenSuse based on this great website DistroWatch). Read the rest of this entry »