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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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Linux Mint 14 KDE Release Candidate on Gateway NV79 laptop

My old Compaq desktop recently decided that Microsoft Vista was no longer welcome. I mean, Vista just wouldn’t boot. Linux booted fine, but no amount of reinstalls, tweaks, etc. would get Vista going. I needed Vista only for the purpose of running a Microsoft Access database. So, I decided that this was as good of an excuse as I was going to get for buying myself a decent laptop.

I thought I would try to get something with Intel based cpu and graphics, since everything I currently used had older Nvidia graphics, and AMD processors. I just wanted to see how Linux and Intel get along. I should have studied up on things a bit more before buying!

I purchased a used Gateway NV79 from Ebay, with Intel i5 cpu, and ATI Mobility Radeon HD graphics. Windows 7 works beautifully, Linux, not so much…

I tried the following Linux distributions…

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Linux Mint 14 64bit Cinnamon: no backlight on monitor after bootup

Siduction 12.2.0 -rc2 64 bit: no backlight on monitor after bootup

OpenSuse 12.2 rc 64 bit: no backlight on monitor after bootup

Antix 12: monitor backlight worked, but wireless network wouldn’t.

Rosa 2012 64 bit: no backlight on monitor after bootup

Kubuntu 13.04 alpha 1 64 bit: no backlight on monitor after bootup

Fedora 18 beta 64 bit: no backlight on monitor after bootup

Chakra 2012.12 64 bit: don’t remember for sure, but I think the monitor worked, but the wireless didn’t.

And FINALLY… I discovered the download for the upcoming Linux Mint 14 KDE version, and… everything works, once it is fully installed. The laptop monitor backlight did NOT work while running from the live-dvd, meaning that I had to shine a flashlight on the monitor to see what was going on during installation. That’s a little tricky… because it’s easy to lose track of your cursor… but once installation was complete, and I rebooted from the hard drive, everything works beautifully. Well… as long as I don’t close the laptop lid. Then the backlight goes off, and I have to get the flashlight and log out of the desktop and log in again, and the backlight comes back on. (Edit, 2/28/13: I’ve since discovered that Ctrl>Alt>backspace, which logs out of KDE, will bring the backlight back on, and allow me to log in and get to work. I am still using this installation, and am quite happy with it, and with the new laptop!)

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Posted by on December 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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