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Shiny new KDE 4.8.2

KDE 4.8.2 Maintenance Release Out — Grab it!

First week of the month is typically when the KDE team releases its maintenance updates. These releases are nothing to get excited about — but they still hold water for us users. Why?…

What's up with the DEs!

Exploring Software: Unity, GNOME Shell and the Notification Area

Do the new desktops succeed in creating intuitive, simple-to-use and distraction-free desktop environments? It is hard to be passionate about something that everyone does! I was reminded of this by a blog about…

Tumbleweed time!

Exploring Software: openSUSE Tumbleweed Rolling Distribution Goes Mainstream

Here is a record of my initial explorations and findings about the recently released openSUSE rolling distribution repository, Tumbleweed, as experienced on a netbook. I almost bought an Android phone. I hesitated, wondering…

What makes hotkeys tick!

Exploring Software: What Makes Netbook Hotkeys Tick!

This article explores the often confusing issues around ACPI handling in Linux, with the particular perspective of getting hotkeys working on netbooks. One weakness of Linux on laptops and netbooks is that not…

Understanding a Netbook Desktop

Exploring Software: Understanding a Netbook Desktop

Desktop environments are wonderful in the way they just work. The complexity of what is happening “below the hood” is well hidden from us. Looking at the various netbook options, I was curious…

MeeGo top panel: a. tabbed view, b. application screen active, c. mouse at top edge so panel buttons are shown

Exploring Software: Netbook Operating Systems

A modern netbook is likely to have 150 GB of disk space, 1 GB of RAM, a screen resolution of 1024×800 pixels, and a wide range of connectivity options. It can hardly be…

OOo and VBA -- status update!

Exploring Software: The State of VBA in OpenOffice.org Calc

I keep trying to file my income tax returns online. However, I insist on using OpenOffice.org and so I have failed to accomplish what I set out to do. A request on the…

Delta Packages

Exploring Software: Delta Packages — Speed Up Updates By Downloading Less

An RPM package is essentially an archive with packaging and control information — for example, you can extract the contents of a .rpm file using the rpm2cpio utility. A delta RPM is created…

Intelligent package management

Exploring Software: PackageKit — Overcoming Prejudice

My first reaction to the PackageKit UI, after its initial release on Fedora, was negative. It was prejudice at first sight. I did not see any advantage in reinventing the wheel. The only…

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