>Edgy!… Um, ok, so maybe not…

>Well, the third CD must have been a charm because I finally got the Edgy cd to load. :)

It should be noted that this release seems a lot snappier than previous ones. Unfortunately, that's about the only thing I've noticed about it so far. Well, that + things seem shinier or something. Integration seems improved overall. F-Spot and Bittornado now come installed by default (but I use Ktorrent and Digikam anyways, lol). Newer apps, which is nice.
So that pretty much wraps it up. Shiny things, faster boot times, and two new apps. Not so edgy, huh?

It is a definite improvement over Dapper, but not a huge one. If you're looking for something drop dead amazing, Edgy probably is not your candidate. ;)


>Ubuntu… again…

>So I am now typing this entry from Ubuntu... Dapper.

I couldn't get the Edgy cd to get past loading the window manager. I downloaded and burned the ISO 3 times, each time checking the MD5 checksum and confirming the data on the disc. Edgy just doesn't seem to like my box.

There's the alternative CD but after repeated attempts to load the live cd I got rather tired and just went the Dapper route. Edgy isn't that vital to me and I 've been hearing there are a lot of problems with it anyways.

So far I'm dealing with it fairly well. I just might stick with it. The simplicity and good integration is nice for a change.


>So I’m installing Ubuntu now…

>Here I am, waiting for Edgy Eft to finish downloading so I can install it. I don't know what keeps pulling me back to Ubuntu. It frustrates me more than any other distro I've encountered. Yet at the same time, it attracts me. I think it's the stripped down simplicity of it that beckons to be tweaked and customized and built upon. Mepis is simple too, but to be frank, I find it to be more than I really want and often find myself stripping it down just so I can build it back up to the way I like it. It would be nice to start out with it stripped down.

Since I managed to give Kubuntu a full week's trial without it being too painful, I figure I should give Ubuntu a go. I actually got pretty used to Kubuntu's Ubuntuish style but the reason I went back to Mepis was because Kubuntu just didn't seem very done. There were weird little quirks every where from it being Ubuntu with a KDE jacket that were just laying bare and in the open, unfixed. As a KDE lover it drove me crazy. Meanwhile past experience has taught me that Ubuntu does make good use of the Gnome desktop environment, which I like as well (no Gnome vs. KDE flames here - they're both good :)).

So, here I go. This will be perhaps my sixth time installing Ubuntu. Wish me luck. ;)


>Quick and dirty tip: How to rebuild KDE’s application menu

>So you want your KDE application menu back to its default layout? This worked for me when every other possible way failed:

  • Just delete /home/your username/.config/menus, log out, then log back in.

Presto! Your application menu has been rebuilt. :D


>Debian, Mozilla, and Firefox - oh my!

>Ok, I've stayed quiet about this long enough.

For those that may not know, there is a debate going on right now between Debian and Mozilla over the use of the Firefox name in their version of the browser.

It basically boils down to this - Debian doesn't put out the original Firefox code but evidently modifies it to some extent and releases it with the name "Firefox" but no icon. Mozilla isn't ok with modified code being released with only half of the Firefox branding, and from what I understand requested that Debian either:

  • a. Start reporting all modifications made back to Mozilla and use the Firefox logo

  • b. Remove the Firefox name from the browser

(a.) seems reasonable enough to me, although Debian can't play along with it for obvious reasons (the logo). (b.) seems reasonable as well, and Debian can play along with this one. So all happy, right?

Nope. Right now it seems the entire Debian community is up in arms about the whole thing. They're going to rename the browser IceWeasel (which is probably one of the most stupid names I've ever heard and I voted against it but my vote wasn't enough obviously ;)). Regardless, I don't have an issue with them renaming it, or even with what they're naming it. I do however have an issue with the attitude they're showing about it. Rather than be adults they've been kicking and screaming and setting up a huge fuss about it when it honestly is not as big of a deal as they want to make it out to be.

Debian, you have got to get your act together and start playing the adult. Your kicking and fussing is not only bad for the Linux community, but a poor representation of it as well. Sometimes the strong and silent stance is the best route to go.


>Speeding Up Mepis

>These are just a few tweaks I give to a clean install of Mepis to make it run/start up a bit faster. They should also work on any Debian based distro using KDE.

  • Navigate to /etc/inittab and open the file as root. Now comment out the following lines so they look like this:

#3:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty3
#4:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty4
#5:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty5
#6:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty6

  • Open up Kmenu and go to settings (system configuration) > sound & multimedia > system notifications. Click on the icons next to KDE is exiting and KDE is starting up so that they disappear, and click ok.

  • In settings (system configuration), go to internet & network > web browser > plugins. Uncheck scan for new plugins at KDE startup. If you use Konqueror for web browsing though remember to manually scan for any new plugins you install after doing this or else they won't work.

  • In settings (system configuration), go to KDE components > service manager. Do you use Keep (backup software)? If not, uncheck it. Do you use wall or write on your network (if you don't know what these are you probably don't)? If not, uncheck that as well, and click ok.

  • If you want to lighten up resource usage even more, play around with your styles/window decorations/icons (all these are located under settings (system configuration) > appearance and themes). Admittedly, Mepis doesn't use the most resource efficient default theming around (nor does any other distro I've tried that uses KDE). You can also install more theming stuff via kde-look.org or Synaptic.

If you would like to find out even more tips on how to speed up KDE, you can look here for a whole list of them.