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KDE 4.1.3 on Fedora 10

KDE 4.1.3 on Fedora 10

I’m “settling in” with Fedora 10 as my main distro, and learning how to operate in this “non-Debian” environment. As I mentioned previously, Yumex has been a big help. Another application I wish I had found sooner is “Autoten,” which will automatically install things like Google Earth, multimedia codecs, Nvidia drivers, etc. That would have saved me a bunch of time and frustration.

I do appreciate having a distro that includes KDE 4.1 in the repositories, which is my only dissatisfaction with Mepis 8. It seems to me that the bulk of development effort in KDE apps these days is in the KDE 4 direction, and I am glad to have made the switch.

Probably my next desktop project will be to see about porting my email back into the KDE 4 version of Kmail (from Thunderbird). KDE PIM is a well integrated mail/calendar/newsreader suite. Now I find myself wondering why I left Kmail in the first place? Hmmm… I’ll have to read back a ways in this blog… oh yeah, it was just “wanderlust.”

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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My 2nd Fedora 10 installation this week…

… on the same machine!

I was enjoying my newly discovered Yumex Thursday night, and chose to let it do a bunch of upgrades. Additionally, I thought I’d try downloading the newest Nvidia driver for my GeForce 6150 SE onboard video. Unfortunately, that little mistake “borked” my Fedora 10 installation. I tried copying my xorg.conf file over from Mepis 8 to Fedora, but no joy. I tried doing another yum update by booting up Fedora into runlevel 3 (command-line mode), but that didn’t do it either. Then I tried removing all nvidia related packages from the command line, but that didn’t help either. (Somewhere I saw an error message saying “nvidia.ko for kernel 2.6.27.5-117.fc10.x86_64 was not found.”)

The bottom line is, since I’m not much of a command line hacker, I reinstalled Fedora 10, updated 140 packages with yum from runlevel 3 (KDE was going to be updated from 4.1.2 to 4.1.3), and now I’m back in business with yumex, etc.

I think I’ll read up on the nvidia issue before trying that again. I really seem to need the proprietary drivers, as the desktop seems a little slow to respond to mouse clicks, etc.

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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Fedora 10 still ornery…

I attempted to enable desktop effects, but that made my screen go black, then white. I had to “CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE” to shut down KDE and log in again as root, navigate to /home/les/.kde/share/config/kwinrc.

There I changed

[Compositing]
Enabled=true

to:

[Compositing]
Enabled=false

and rebooted. That got me up and running again without compositing. (Who needs wobbly windows anyway?)

I suspect I haven’t got the non-free nvidia drivers installed. I’ll have to look into that, iffen I can ever get Synaptic to run. Synaptic just won’t start. It will get as far as asking for my root password, then nothing happens. Maybe I’ll try Kpackage, if there is one for KDE 4.

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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Fedora 10 is being ornery.

Hi.

When I tried to boot Fedora 10 this evening, I got this nasty-note when the KDE desktop should have been appearing:

“/home/les/.kde/share/config/knotifyrc is not writable”

Underneath that message was another error telling me that /home/les/ was not accessible or writable, or something like that. I decided to reboot and try logging in as root, which worked fine. While there, I opened up a terminal and fixed my writablility problems with these commands:

cd /home/ (navigates to the directory that contains my home directory)

chmod -R ugo+rwx les (giving rwx [read, write, execute] privileges to ugo [users, group, owner]) to the “les” directory. The “-R” stands for “recursive”, meaning it will also give those permissions to all files and directories within the “les” directory.

Now I am able to log into Fedora 10 as a normal user. I don’t know if it is related to this fix, or if the 36 updates I did while logged in as root did it, but I can now use Kpackagekit, and am currently attempting to download OpenOffice.org 3.0 (although it seems to be stuck at 40%… time will tell).

Synaptic still will not start. I will try to reinstall it or something.

I’m not liking KPackagekit very much yet. KPackagekit seems to expect you to know a package name before it shows you any software choices. I really like having the ability to look through all the available packages and discover new things. I guess I depend on Synaptic’s  different methods of browsing the software more than I realized.

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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Rationalizing My Discontent – Part 2

Let’s face it: Microsoft Windows carries an enormous amount of excess baggage, no matter what version you are running. Just look at the system tray after a normal startup: you have your “normal” Windows system security programs running, a third party security suite running, quite possibly a file indexer running, and who knows what else.

I work the night shift at a large county agency, and their XP computers are almost useless at times because of all the indexing and security scanning that happens at night. I’ll grant you that they are not the latest whiz-bang machines, but wouldn’t it be nice to side-step a good portion of the minefield of viruses, and all the scanning that goes with it, so you can just do your work?

While I am not implying that there are absolutely no security threats with a Linux system, I have experienced none of them. There are several reasons that I can think of why this is so:

  1. I generally avoid the more hazardous areas of the internet.
  2. I use Gmail, which catches the great majority of spam before it gets to my machine
  3. Linux is simply more secure, because it requires an administrator’s password to install or change system software or files.
  4. Face it: most viruses are written for Windows systems!

I’ve never met a Linux that was slower than Windows XP, let alone Vista.

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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