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Posted by notKlaatu , 12 July 2008 · 71 views

I don't know the exact expression I'm looking for, but it's something like "I'll abandon KDE 4 after you pry it from my cold, dead hands" or something violent and morbid like that...and yet, strangely positive.Yes, KDE 4 has some bugs. But you know what? So does OS 10.5 Leopard and yet people are running and loving it... How buggy is Leopard? oh, only so much so that at the latest WWDC they announced that they're releasing a REVISION of Leopard called Snow Leopard...basically a bunch of bug fixes...which is why they'll be giving this revision away FOR FREE. Apple never gives anything away for free!! but apparently that's just how bad they feel about Leopard...So KDE 4 is my primary desktop on my main laptop and here are some things that I've found make it work like, I think, it was intended to work.kill the desktop iconsI get the feeling that desktop icons on KDE4 may not be entirely intended. Of course, somewhere Aaron Seigo may be hacking away at trying to make them proper, but I'm one of those people who really just prefers a clean desktop anyway, and so I say get rid of desktop icons on your KDE 4 system. You'll feel cleaner for it, and it'll save you the trouble of dealing with KDE 4's wonky implementation of the concept.How do you do this? First get all the files that were/are on your desktop into some other directory. Preferably where they belong; put Documents in Documents, Music in Music, Movies in Movies....or dump them all in your big pile of junk...however you organize your stuff, do it now.Then right-click on the desktop > Configure Desktop. At the bottom of the Configure Desktop window, you'll see two checkboxes: one for Show Icons and one for Align to Grid. Uncheck them both.Move Your System Tray into a PlasmoidThe Kicker down at the bottom of the screen is great for four things:1. K Menu2. Task docking3. Desktop Switcher4. Device Notification5. Date and TimeNotice that System Tray is NOT present. For whatever reason, the kicker is having a hard time keeping up with different system applets. I start Pidgin, and a new icon appears, but then a system update alert pops on and moves stuff around...and suddenly I have blank boxes where applets used to be, and all kinds of mess. Not fun. These little applets seem to like it better if they are there own malleabel plasmoid (aka "widget"). So right click on the general System Tray section of your Kicker (depends on what distro you're running as to where this is located) and REMOVE system tray.Now go to the upper right corner of your screen to add a new widget, select Add New Widget, and find the choice for a system tray. This will drop all those applets into a snazzy looking bar on your desktop, which you can position anywhere you please. I have mine in the upper left corner.Learn to Tweak Settings in Config Files...or just delete config files. Should anything happen to your KDE 4 desktop, like the Kicker getting mangled because you're screwing around with it too much, or whatever, you can always do a couple of things to fix it. The quick and dirty way is to mv ~/.kde/share/config ~/.kde/share/config-old which renames the directory containing all your little config files for KDE 4 so that if you log out and then log back in, KDE 4 regenerates all your config files. This puts you back at the default configuration, of course, so if you've made changes then you get to make them all again....but we're assuming that if you've done this then your current configuration was bad beyond simple repair.If, on the other hand, you just feel like something is just a wee bit off, then cd ~/.kde/share/config and have a look around. Lots of little config files (or in Mac terms, ~/Library/Preferences files). Since anything you screw up here can always be regenerated automatically, so it's safe to take a few chances.More tips as/if I stumble upon them. For more tips on making your KDE destop really fun to use, see my earlier post in which my friend Skirlet and I went through the System Settings and figured out what everyone forgot to set - like drop shadows and effects and stuff like that....




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