KDE Plasma Desktop version 4.7 Release Candidate is out now! it’s the first RC of the KDE 4.7, which is planned to release on July 27, 2011. KDE or K Desktop Environment is another popular open source window manager, platform and suite of awesome applications, similar to Gnome. KDE is based on Qt Framework.
If you are using Linux based system such as OpenSuse, then you must have enjoyed the cool and charming – KDE Desktop. it focuses on simplicity, it’s little heavier than other desktop Environment such as Gnome or XFCE, despite of that – users like it. I do use KDE with Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat). The new version of KDE, has arrived with a lot of exciting features (and of course a lot of bugs got fixed in this version).
New/Upcoming Features in KDE – Plasma Desktop version 4.7
- Kwin, the plasma’s window manager – which supports openGL ES 2.0, it will increase the performance on mobile devices.
- Improved User Interface (UI) of the Dolphin File Manager
- Marble, the Virtual Globe is more useful for mobile devices due to features such as offline Address search.
- Grub 2 is supported with the login manager (KDM) of KDE
KDevelop vs 4.2.3 released today! KDevelop is one of the most popular open source IDE (Integrated Development Environment), specifically popular among C/C++ developers. KDevelop is a simple IDE with a lot of features. KDevelop is a KDE based application, available free as an open source software.
KDevelop requires KDE desktop to be installed (version 4.5 or later) on the system. Kdevelop (or any other KDE based Application) is developed using Qt Toolkit. KDevelop has elegant interface, it focuses on simplicity and ease of use, so learning curve is not so steep as compare to Eclipse or Netbeans. If you are a KDE user (Many Linux based OS uses KDE desktop e.g Open Suse, KUbuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint etc).
Download KDevelop version 4.2.3
KDE 4.2.3 (stable version) has arrived with a lot of improvements and changes. Some of them are specifically related to KDevelop (such as small code cleanup, simplified unit test etc) while some are related to its platform. (Macros Declaration gets appended instead of prepended). Happy coding with KDevelop!
KDE ( K – Desktop Environment) is one of the most popular open source (KDE is released under LGPL) Desktop preferred by a vast majority of Linux users. Ubuntu releases special – dedicated edition with KDE desktop and named as – KUbuntu. KDE is free for all users, it doesn’t only provides the Desktop environment but also a lot of useful KDE based applications. KDE is based on Qt Framework. The latest version is 4.6.
Canonical has made Unity, the default desktop in Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), and a lot of Ubuntu fans are upset about this, because They wanted to use GNOME 3.0 instead of Unity. Unfortunately the stable PPA isn’t available currently (Although in next version of Ubuntu, i.e 11.10, Gnome 3.0 will be installed by default) although you can install Gnome 3.0 Desktop/shell on Ubuntu 11.04 through PPA (Unstable), which will break the Unity; so it’s not recommended in general. In this article, you will learn how to install KDE 4.6 desktop on Ubuntu 11.04, from command Line or Synaptic Package Manager. A lot of popular Distribution uses KDE – e.g Open Suse, Linux Mint, Backtrack 4 (A dedicated Linux desktop for cyber security professionals or Ethical Hackers).
Installing KDE Desktop on Ubuntu 11.04
#1 : Open Synaptic Package Manager and search for ‘kde desktop’, then select the package(by checking the small square box) you want to install – KDE base or minimal or full depending on your need.If you also want to try some KDE Apps, then try full or just select standard package.
#2 : Then click on Apply button to begin installation procedure and …Wait for the installation to complete.
#3 : That’s all..
Alternative Way to install kde
Open Terminal and type the following commands (followed by your login password)
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kde-standard
Login to KDE Desktop
Now, if you want to use KDE desktop, then logout from the current session and select KDE desktop in the login prompt (A menu appears in bottom center for the desktop selection), and login to enjoy.
KDE(K Desktop Environment) is one of the most popular desktop among Linux users. KDE(Dually Licensed under – QPL and Proprietary) has been developed using Qt Framework, therefore some KDE application also runs on non-Linux platforms i.e Windows,Mac etc..
KDE looks very good due to cool beautiful icons and windows borders(layout,designed effects). by default some cool themes are installed with KDE packages e.g Plasma,Oxygen etc, but it’s not sufficient! If a lot of free KDE themes are available then why would you stick with few default themes.
I have tried a lot of KDE themes on my desktop, I’ve come up with Top 10 KDE themes, that I consider the best themes(including old and latest) for kde desktop or kubuntu(10.04/10.10). All the kde themes listed below will be compatible with the KDE desktop version 4.x(usually x will be zero).
Best KDE Themes
#1 : Soft Plastic
#2 : Maybe Mintish
#3 : Green Leaf
#4 : Shape of Zom
#5 : Metalized Studio
#6 : Greenay
#7 : Syl
#8 : G Theme Pack
#9 : Elegant Bespin
#10 : Classy Office
Dock is one of the most popular graphical element, commonly used for interacting with currently running programs, launching/monitoring Applications,etc with a lot of Fun. The dock available in Mac OS X has become the most successful dock ever(Although it is different point that Mac is better in look only, not performance(Ubuntu is far better!)). it is usually implemented in the form of charming icons located at the bottom/top of screen with some funky effects.
Best Open Source Dock for Ubuntu : Docky
GNOME Do has created an open source equivalent of dock(in other words docky is a front end of Gnome Do) and its new name is ‘Docky’, “The Finest Dock that no Money can buy” ; for Linux based operating system like Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04,Fedora,Open Suse,Debian or Linux Mint. Docky is free and open source Application for All common Desktops like GNOME and KDE. The latest stable version of docky is 2.0.7. So docky is the best free dock for Linux Distributions (Distros).
Ubuntu 10.10(Maverick Meerkat)/10.04 (Lucid Lynx) LTS(or earlier version) uses GNOME as their default desktop manager so you can install GNOME Do – Docky either from Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager or from terminal. If you are using Ubuntu 11.04 then then first you need to run GNOME Panel (The Classical Ubuntu Desktop) because Ubuntu 11.04(Natty Narwhal) uses Natty Desktop by default.
The snapshot you see above, was captured on Ubuntu 10.10, with some 3D effects enabled. The important features of Docky can be summarized as –
- Simple and powerful
- Easy to use with Nice GUI/Icons
- Drag and Drop(items to the docky) features
- Window Indicator
- Parabolic Zoom
- Smart Hiding Feature
- Advanced Window Management Features
More details on its features,visit the official website. Here is another generic look of Docky on most of the desktop –
Installing Docky on Ubuntu 10.04/10.10/11.04
Open ubuntu Software Center and search for ‘docky’ and click on install button to install. You can also install docky from command line by typing the command (Followed by your Login Password) mentioned below –
$ sudo apt-get install docky