Broken KDE Plasma 5.6 on Linux Mint 18
· β˜• 3 min read · ✍️ Sathya
I’ve been a long time KDE user, loved the KDE 4.0 SC when it first arrived and probably one of the most vocal supporters for it when people were hating it. Since my recent job move, I’ve been using Linux desktop full-time. Since Linux Mint 18 was the only distro which supported WiFi/Display/Multi-monitor/HDMI out on my Lenovo E41-80(which comes with Skylake chipset), I stuck to it with the Cinnamon desktop.

openSUSE 11.3 Released – Download Now
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathya
openSUSE 11.3 is based on Linux kernel 2.6.34 and has KDE Software Compilation 4.4.4 as theΒ default desktop environment. A GNOME version is also available and it uses GNOME 2.30.1. In terms of the default applications, it comes with Thunderbird 3.0.5, Firefox 3.6.4 and OpenOffice 3.2.1 to name a few. openSUSE 11.3 also gives the user the choice of using Btrfs during installation. You can view the complete changelog here or read the release note.

Watermark Photos with digiKam
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathya
digiKam supports watermarking, this feature is hidden so well that you might not even realize that it’s there. This is because the watermarking function in digiKam is tucked under the Batch Queue Manager tool which you can use to watermark multiple photos in one go. Here is how this works in practice. Choose Tools | Batch Queue Manager (or press the B key) to open the Batch Queue Manager tool.

Amarok 2.2.90 Most Irritating Bug #228014: File metadata not displayed If File Is Not Present In Collection
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathya

Well it’s no secret that I’m a music fan and love to keep my music organized, and neatly tagged. ( Well, if you didn’t - now you do ). I’d posted quite sometime ago on how to keep your music well tagged and organized{#aptureLink_3xJl5k39gE}, so there’s pretty much no way that my files wouldn’t be tagged.

Of course, there exceptions here and there but majority are tagged. So I was rather surpised today when Amarok , during playback wasn’t showing any metadata. To verify - I installed id3v2, a CLI tool to view/edit ID3 tags for mp3 files using zypper and - guess what- it showed the meta data correctly.

[How-to] Make nVidia settings persistent and retain the settings in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Bharath

Nvidia Proprietary Drivers need nvidia-settings to set screen resolution and change other settings. In previous versions of Ubuntu and in other distros to make them permanent (used in every session) you click the “Save to X configuration file”. From Karmic on there is no xorg.conf by default!

As a result, nvidia-settings is not able to save the settings and every time I logged in I hadΒ  to change the resolution (Phew!!!). Then Sathya helped me. He gave me aΒ link from Ubuntu Forums{#aptureLink_MZsWFB9Cv4}. Then I did the following to fix the problem:

openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 8 And Release Candidates(RC) add boot from USB flash disk option, here’s how to use it
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathya

Howdy folks! Been a *loong* time since I last posted isn’t it? Just been busy with work & travel (won’t bore you with the details, just check my personal blog{#aptureLink_20DGMzo67U}).

I’ve been looking forward to the upcoming openSUSE 11.2 version ( it’s no secret that I’m a fan of openSUSE{#aptureLink_yxkV6H9kot}), but the main problem for me was that I don’t like holding onto optical media, and have a 8gig USB flash disk, especially for these things.

UnfortunatelyΒ  openSUSE has been lacking a install/boot from USB flash drive for quite sometime, upto now that is. The last Milestone (M8) and the first release candidate, RC1 includes support for booting from USB flash disks.

You will need access to a Linux environment, inorder to accomplish this step.

Amarok 2.1 is out & Installing Amarok 2.1 on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty
· β˜• 3 min read · ✍️ Sathya

I was catching up on some feeds yesterday, and this piece of news caught my eye -Amarok 2.1 released{#aptureLink_chgCx0N0sk}. Being a long time Amarok fan ( heck Amarok itself was catalyst to make me use my SUSE 10.0 use full) time - I read the article with great interest.

Amarok 2 users would know that Amarok 2 series is a shadow of its old Amarok 1.4(“Amarok Classic” self) - and quite a few people still prefer Amarok classic to Amarok 2 - primararily because of Amarok’s missing support for visualizations, equalizer amongst others. I don’t use equalizers - and as for visualization - well don’t use that either.

[How-To] Enabling Font Anti-Aliasing (aka ClearType) in KDE
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathya

While going through some of KDE settings I found this simple way to enable Anti Aliasing for Fonts (also known as ClearType in Windows). This will definitely make your fonts more pleasing to look at.

For this, just launch KDE settings - this is generally known as Configure Desktop in openSUSE or System Settings in Kubuntu.

Krusader – An alternative to Dolphin and Konqueror
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathya
KDE users have for a long time had the jack-of-all-trades, all-singing-all-dancing Konqueror for file management. In KDE 4 we’ll be joined by the new Dolphin which will be the default file manager. If you yearn for a change of file manager now, however, and you’re a fan of the left-right split in your file manager, you might just like Krusader. On first run, Krusader will search your system for tools it can integrate with as you can see here.