The KDE 4.3 Desktop setup and use

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The KDE 4.3 Desktop setup and use

#1 Postby Danum » Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:48 pm

basic use of KDE 4.3 Desktop

[color="black"][color="Red"]When installing KDE 4xx DO NOT use a shared home partition with KDE 3xx or you will get problems.[/color][/color]

[color="RoyalBlue"]Dolphin.[/color]
Dolphin is the default file manager in KDE 4 Dolphin includes several unique usability enhancements that aren't available in Konqueror,
In particular, Dolphin features a bookmark system built around file management rather than web browsing,
By focusing exclusively on file management, Dolphin avoids many of the pitfalls inherent in Konqueror's approach.
a more flexible sidebar system, and a less-invasive notification system that doesn't interrupt user work flow.
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[color="DeepSkyBlue"]Menus[/color]

With (Canteras) KDE 4.3 you have the option of 3 menus,
Default Kickoff, (new style menu), Lancelot an automatic menu, just point at what app you want. and the traditional menu,

To make Lancelot fully automatic, Right Click on the Lancelot menu icon > Lancelot Launcher Settings > Menu Activation,
Change to, Show menu on icon hover > OK
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[color="DeepSkyBlue"]Adding Widgets[/color]

To the desktop, right click anywhere on the desktop add widget,
to the panel (kicker) right click on the cashew add widget eg: Application Launcher menu (Traditional Menu) plus there are options to resize the panel auto hide it etc.
You will need to unlock the widgets before you can do the above
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[color="DeepSkyBlue"]Run Command on the KDE 4 Desktop :- Krunner[/color]

Krunner also has an extensive help feature, Click on the Help icon (?)

Using it as an application launcher (type in mepis and see the options you have)
This you probably already knew, Krunner can also launch applications. Start Krunner (Alt+F2) and type the name of the application you want to run.
Krunner as a calculator
You can use Krunner as an efficient calculator. It's very easy to use too. Just press Alt+F2 and type the expression you want to evaluate such as 32*12= or =32*12 (You can put the = sign before or after the expression).
It is possible to evaluate more sophisticated expressions such as:
=sqrt(4) + 32 * sin(60)
Running BASH commands
Krunner doesn't only recognize applications, but it recognizes all binaries throughout your system. You can use this ability to run bash commands such as cp, mv, etc.
To do so, start Krunner (Alt+F2) and type the commands just as you would in Konsole:
cp ~/Documents/myFile ~/myFile (not a useful example but you get the idea)
Running Internet commands
Enter a URL - http://mepislovers.org/ - and the page will pop up in your browser.
Try web shortcuts, too - gg:some-term will bring up Google search results.
Navigating through options
Say you searched for an item in runner that brought you more than one result. And say you don't want to move your hand to reach the mouse to select the item. How would you go about it?
You can use the 'Tab' key on your keyboard to navigate through the results! Then just press Enter to select/run the item!
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Krunner can also be set up to do task oriented searches.
Start Krunner Alt +F2 > click on the wrench symbol > User Interface, Select Task Orientated > OK

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[color="DeepSkyBlue"]Plasma :- Activities[/color]
With plasma we have this new thing called Activities.

It is meant to have a different set of plasmoids/wallpapers/information on multiple "desktops". Not really related to the traditional virtual desktops, but it looks like it. At first.

Right Click on the Desktop > unlock Widgerts
The plasma logo in the upper right corner (the cashew). Click on it and choose "zoom out". Now the desktop as you know it shrinks.
Now choose "add activity". Now you should see a new blank desktop besides the old one. This can be repeated multiple times.
Click on the + (plus sign) on the desktop you wish to use,. and that get's you to the chosen activity.
Set up your Desktop and when you have finished, do not forget to lock widgets.

What's the advantage?

Every activity has an own configuration, means, you can set a different wallpaper and a different set of icons or plasmoids for each of them.
one for every day of the week if you wish?

KDE 4.3 Plasma Overview Screencast by Seigo
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[color="DeepSkyBlue"]Desktop Effects[/color]

If you have the correct driver installed they will be enabled (basic ones)
First set up the Meta Key.
system Settings > Regional & Language >Advanced > Alt/Win-key behavior
here you have a choice, check Meta is mapped to the left Win-key
or Meta is mapped to the Win-keys
(I usually map it to the left one, to leave one free for another use)
apply.
Some to impress your friends with.
System Settings > Desktop > All Effects
check :- mouse mark, Wobbly Windows , Snow.
check:- Desktop Cube, click on the tool icon and add Wallpaper /home/Skydome/5654_.jpg
click on Screen edges > and set up the cube
Close System Settings.

Snow on the desktop:- Ctrl + Meta (Win-key) + F12 to stop repeat the action
Write on the Desktop:- Shift + Meta, move the mouse to write,
To delete :- Shift + Meta + F11 To delete last action :- Shift + Meta + F12


Desktop Cube move curser to left edge of screen, to spin hold left click and move mouse
to bring back right click.

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[color="DeepSkyBlue"]Change Folder Icons[/color]
Right click on the icon you wish to change > Properties > General > click on the icon, take your pick or click on Places and select a category from the list, click on the icon you want to use OK.
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[color="DeepSkyBlue"]Desktop Weather Wallpaper[/color]
Right click on the desktop > Desktop Settings > Wallpaper Type change to Weather
Change, from the dialog that comes up type in your City/Town change the Provider to suit > Search, Apply, the desktop will now reflect your local weather.
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Configure how KDE treats GTK applications
In Mepis, GTK Styles and Fonts is not installed
so install
gtk-qt-engine
system-config-gtk-kde
You may have already done this step, but in case you haven't, go to computer > system settings > appearance and look for the entry near the bottom that says GTK Styles and Fonts. The style you select here should be the same as your preference listed under the Style section above. So what we want to do here is check the box that says "Use my KDE style in GTK applications". This helps somewhat for consistency - not just within Firefox, but in any GTK application.
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Features of KDE 4.3, time to learn a little more. Bubblemon ? for example.

Features of KDE 4.3 Part 2 which deals with Dolphin the default file manager in KDE 4 and Krunner

KDE 4.3 System Settings, wallpapers and more

aseigo, blog for what is being developed for KDE 4.4 and beyond.


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#2 Postby Acesabe » Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:57 am

Good entry for the Wiki methinks...;-)

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#3 Postby Jerry3904 » Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:49 am

Yeah, this would certainly be a good start. We are going to have to figure out how to deal with this whole KDE 4 thing, both in the Wiki and in the Manual.

Carlops volunteered a few weeks ago to head up a project to do such a transition document, but I have not seen him around ever since so maybe he had second thoughts? (¡Hola Carlops! ¿Dónde estás?)
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#4 Postby SilverBear » Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:40 am

Jerry3904 wrote:Yeah, this would certainly be a good start. We are going to have to figure out how to deal with this whole KDE 4 thing, both in the Wiki and in the Manual.

Carlops volunteered a few weeks ago to head up a project to do such a transition document, but I have not seen him around ever since so maybe he had second thoughts? (¡Hola Carlops! ¿Dónde estás?)


AFAIK, he's on the road for his employer. In Oslo, last I knew.
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#5 Postby Danum » Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:12 am

Can some kind mod sticky this thread please.

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Jerry take a look at ,
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjnCXKQ3MUc]
KDE 4.3 Plasma Overview Screencast by Seigo.[/URL]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coVWJYms_Mc&feature=related]
Features of KDE 4.3, time to learn a little more. Bubblemon ? for example.[/URL]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4sotioB3mo&feature=related]
Features of KDE 4.3 Part 2 which deals with Dolphin the default file manager in KDE 4 and Krunner[/URL]

which have been added to my first post, a picture/film is worth a thousand words.
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#6 Postby anticapitalista » Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:35 am

Danum wrote:Can some kind mod sticky this thread please.

Danum.



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#7 Postby Jerry3904 » Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:54 am

Could future suggestions please go in the documentation thread:

http://mepislovers.org/forums/showthread.php?p=196451

It will be much easier to keep track of as we go on--thanks.
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