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Updating Linux Mint 14 to KDE 4.10 – Screenshot

I’ve been enjoying Linux Mint 14 KDE version for some months now, but decided this morning to update to KDE 4.10 using Ubuntu’s KDE-Backports PPA (Personal Package Archive). Here is a screenshot:

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It seems to be working very nicely. I haven’t noticed any of their many changes yet… which is probably a good thing. One minor issue from recent versions does not seem to be fixed yet: whenever I try to place plasma widgets any closer to the top of the screen than you see in the screenshot, they automatically move back down (about 1/2 inch from the top). Strange. Perhaps it’s a “feature,” not a bug!

To add the Kubuntu Backports repository, press Ctrl-T (to open a terminal), and type the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

You will have to type your root password, then you will be asked to confirm that you really want to do this. Press Enter.

When it completes, you will need to type the following command:

sudo apt-get update

followed by this command:

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

This will begin the download and installation of all the new KDE 4.10 packages. A reboot will be necessary after it completes. Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Enjoying “Stability” with Linux Mint Debian Edition

Update: Have since installed the 64-bit version of LMDE, and am just as happy. Although I’d like to have a more current version of Firefox than 3.6.13, it really works fine, and the 4.whatever versions don’t run all of the plugins I’m used to having. So, it’s really not much of an issue. I am still “enjoying the stability.”

I was excited when I first heard that Linux Mint was going to put out a Debian-based edition. I have been using it regularly almost since the day it came out, and have been loving it. I like the rolling release idea. I just today discovered How-To-Forge’s L.M.D.E. “Perfect Desktop” guide. Falko Temme creates these guides for many of the major Linux releases. That made it easy for me to find and install Skype (…now I just have to learn how to use it!)

My LMDE desktop 12/3/2010

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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“Generating grub.cfg” won’t finish….

A brand new installation of Kubuntu 10.04 always requires updates, including an updated kernel. The new kernel forces synaptic to run grub-update. My problem was that it just wouldn’t finish! It would hang at “Generating grub.cfg.” I finally figured out: unplug the usb cable to my printer, which has an SD slot in it for picture cards. Once I did that, and did a “sudo dpkg –configure -a” in Konsole, the update could finish as normal. I wonder if that is what made Mint 9 KDE installation keep halting at “Looking for other operating systems…” Hmmm. I’ll have to give that a try…

Update: I tried the Mint installation again, but I had to physically disconnect my second hard drive (where I keep my /home directory) and install to the entire first hard drive (no more Kubuntu) before I could get it to install completely. I kept getting stuck at “looking for other OS’s… ” when it was trying to install grub to the main hard drive’s MBR (master boot record). And THEN, as soon as I went to update the new Mint, I was stuck again at “generating grub.cfg… ” The workaround I finally found (somewhere on Ubuntu forums, I think) was to append this line to the bottom of /etc/default/grub:

GRUB_DISABLE_OS_PROBER=true

Then I was able to reboot, update through Synaptic, and it configured the new kernel, updated grub.cfg, etc. without a hiccup.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Fedora 11 refuses to install on my new motherboard/cpu combo…

I recently bought an ASRock K10n78m motherboard with an AMD 7750 cpu, but was unable to make F11 preview or final install, either from the LiveCD or the DVD installation media. Bummer! From the Live CD, pressing the Install to Hard Drive icon just didn’t do anything. It never started Anaconda, the installation program. With the DVD installation disc, it would always hang during some part of the installation… several times at “searching for storage devices.” It’s a shame, because I really wanted to be running Fedora 11 now. Instead, I’ll just be happy (for a while) with Mint 7.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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The Jackalope has arrived… and it’s no myth.

The Jaunty Jackalope has now taken up residence in my computer… and has evicted all other tenants (including Windows Vista)

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I received my brand new 640 gig Western Digital black Caviar hard drive by UPS on April 23, the very same day that Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope” became available for download. What else could I do but download and burn the new operating system to a live-CD, back up my data to an external hard drive, pull out the old 120 gig hard drive, install the new 640, and install the newest Ubuntu?

After retrieving my data from the external hard drive and downloading some of my favorite apps from Ubuntu’s repositories, I’m up and running with little or no hiccups along the way.

One thing that smoothed the transition (for me) was that I got a little bit smarter about what to retrieve from the external hard drive. My pictures, documents, music, of course. But instead of copying the entire /home/les/ directory, which would pull in every last “.this and .that” folder I just pulled in .kde, .kde4, and the .<applicationname> directories of the applications for which I have made significant configuration changes, such as Gimp and Blender. Pulling in the .kde and .kde4 directories brought in all of my mail, calendar, and contacts, so I had ZERO configuration work to do for Kmail, Korganizer, and Kontact!

Compiz Fusion is working nicely. Songbird is working nicely. I’m liking the Jackalope!

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Knoppix 6 Live-CD (Adrianne)

A while ago I downloaded Knoppix 6.0. I had tried Knoppix several times in the past, the last one being Knoppix 5.3.1.

I was somewhat disturbed that it defaulted into a text-based mode… not a command line, not a gui, but something reminiscent of old DOS programs. Even more disturbing is that a synthesized voice was reading the entire page to me! After trying a few things, I discovered that you could select some graphical programs, including IceWeasel… Debian’s unbranded version of Firefox. That got me to where I could Google a bit, and I discovered that I could boot into a graphical interface by typing “knoppix” at the boot prompt.

My first attempt failed, because it proceeded to the text-based thing before I was done reading the boot prompt screen. My second attempt succeeded (hint: start typing as soon as you see the whitish screen with graphics on it)

This finally booted up into a clean gui (graphical user interface). It did not take me long to discover that the new version of Knoppix is not for me.

Gimp was at 2.4.3, instead of the 2.6.4 I have with my current Fedora 10 setup.

I know that most of the programs I use would be available via Synaptic, through the Debian repositories, but the sparse selection of programs made me wonder what was filling up that 648mb download? I suppose a great portion of it must have been the entire version of OpenOffice (3.0.1), not just Writer and Calc.

Today, I am downloading Knoppix 6.1 (the 2+ gb torrent). We shall see if it goes better.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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After a brief foray into Mandriva land…

I am now writing this from a brand new installation of Fedora 11 alpha (actually 10.91). As in Fedora 10, because I re-used a seperate /home partition, when I first booted up into the new installation, it failed to get to my KDE user desktop. I had to log in as root and issue these two commands in a terminal:

chown -R les /home/les/

chgrp -R users /home/les/

Also, while logged in as root, I disabled SELinux (Fedora’s Security Enhanced Linux security policy application.)

Then I enabled rpmfusion’s rawhide repositories using the command-line instructions for alpha/betas, etc. on the rpmfusion.org website.

Currently downloading a bazillion updates and installing my favorite apps, while listening to some nice classical music on Amarok 2.o.1!

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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