So, after installing a dual boot Linux on my machine, I decided to give KDE a try. And so far I rate it as pretty good, but still raw. I guess that’s what I think of Linux for non-techie users.
So, what do I like in KDE?
- The KDM (login screen) is awesome. Really cool graphics and look
- The core apps like Kontact and Kmail are pretty good too
- App previews on the panel
What I don’t like:
- I found the default panel a bit boring and poorly organized
- Konqueror is not my favorite. Perhaps it’s the debian bits, but the browser did not work with gmail so I switched to IceWeasel and that’s awesome
- Touchpad options were missing. I installed kde-config-touchpad and that worked amazingly well
With Debian, all my hardware appears to be working pretty well, except for the wifi card. For that I just had to follow the wiki instructions and that was done in a jiffy. So, frankly, it was a zero-pain install for me!
To blog, I decided to download Blogilo – it’s not as good as Windows Live Writer, but it does have the fundamentals – a visual editor, html editor, post preview, categories and tags to organize my posts, post lister. I’ve not looked, but I’m sure there must be some interesting plug-ins for this app too.
This far my notes pretty superficial, but I’ll post my findings as I go.
Update – 02-Jun
- Added libav for tools like avconv, which is absolutely fantastic for converting multimedia files easily
- Learnt how to access gmail via Konqueror – identify browser as Opera 9.0
- Konqueror – access the location bar using ALT+O or CTRL+L – they’re slightly different