Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Ubuntu, Kubuntu posters

Great Stuff. totally free posters, check them out.
Thread link :

Download from here

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Katapult - a cool KDE App

I came across this app while mucking around with the latest Kubuntu. It is a program launcher. You hit alt + space then type for example, kmai. By now it should show you the kmail app and all you need to do to launch it is hit enter. It should normally sit in the tray, in case it does not, you can hit alt+space and then control+c to configure it. It is a neat app, try it out.

Home page :

Kde-apps page : Link

Monday, November 13, 2006

Kubuntu 6.10 Thoughts

Been using Kubuntu on and off for the last couple of days. My primary distro atm being SimplyMEPIS.

What I like:

Speed, is perceptibly faster than Mepis, could be because of background tasks running/not running in both. Haven't done a detailed analysis. Even the Synaptic search seems to be faster, again that could be because of the number of installed packages.

Will add more here.

What I did not like:

Adept is not very good. When I searched with Superkaramba nothing showed up. When I searched with Karamba, Superkaramba showed up. I installed Superkaramba, while installing Liquid Weather I got the message that it would not run without ImageMagick. Wonder why it was not installed as a dependency. Anyhow, am using Synaptic now.

The number of installed packages does not seem to be adequate. One has to do a bit of hard work after the basic installation to get the distro running. For example, I could not find a calculator. I wonder whether I did something wrong or the basic installation is spartan. From what I can understand, this is not a newbie friendly distro. One would have to know the package names to install them. I could not find kwikdisk anywhere in the repos. It seems I have to do some serious research.

I like the speed. I will stick with this distro if I can figure out how to get the fonts to behave.

The fonts are killing me. Let me go and fix them.

More later

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Is Linux ready for the desktop?

I am sure there are a lot of differing opinions on this issue. As far as I am concerned, linux has been ready for the desktop for a long time :) I have been using it without any problems. Let me list the things I do:

1) Surf the net
2) Email
3) Post to my blogs (Am at this time using a Linux distro, PCLinuxOS to post this running on a Pentium III 800Mhz laptop on which winxp would crawl and make me cry)
4) Listen to music cds
5) Watch movies sometimes
6) Rip cds
7) Take backups on cds
8) Take prints on my Laser printer, Samsung ML-1610

I am able to do all this on various Linux distros for a long time.

For me Linux always has worked on the desktop.


Wednesday, November 01, 2006


I have been using GNU/Linux distros for a long time. So I decided to blog about my experiences with GNU/Linux. I started using RedHat which was distributed with PCQuest magazine on a regular basis in India. I shifted to Arch Linux as it was a distro optimised for the i686 architecture. I like optimised distros. :)

I really like and enjoy Arch as it is very cutting edge. I love experimenting with distros. Long back I had installed SimplyMepis and enjoyed it thoroughly. It had some issues with my Epson USB based printer so I installed something else over it. In the meantime I installed Ubuntu Hoary. Never did like Ubuntu. Somehow it just wasn't as fast Arch. Another thing about Ubuntu it never optimised the hard disk settings. One always had to do it manually and this remains true for Dapper too. Ubuntu's advantage is the fantastic forums and the package selection.

I tried Gentoo. I really, really like it. The only trouble with Gentoo is that it downloads all the source and compiles it locally on one's pc. This does give one tremendous flexibility in optimising the distro.

Recently having read a lot of stuff whether Linux was ready for the desktop or not I came across a review of SimplyMepis again in this article Seven Linux distros fight over one old ThinkPad and decided to give it a shot. I must say I love it.

This blog is going to be like me: totally disorganised and random :D

More blogs about SimplyMEPIS.