KDE’s semantic desktop: Nepomuk vs. Baloo

One of the most disliked features of the early KDE SC 4 releases was the developers’ attempt to establish the semantic desktop. The tools to further this goal are Nepomuk and Akonadi. While Nepomuk tries to interconnect meta data from different desktop applications, Akonadi is a service that stores and retrieves data from PIM applications […]
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How to create a nifty terminal theme inside a Linux terminal

Many of you Linux junkies will probably spend most of your time in terminals. So you may be wondering how to spice up the plain old boring-looking terminal environment. If you are looking to enhance the look of your terminal window, one way is screenFetch. According to its creator, screenFetch is a “bash screenshot information […]
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How to take a screenshot from the command line on Linux

There are various flavors of Linux screenshot utilities, including desktop-specific screenshot programs (e.g., KSnapshot for KDE, gnome-screenshot for GNOME, Screenshooter for Xfce), or general screenshot utilities (e.g., Shutter). One of unique screenshot utilities is Scrot (short for “SCReen shOT”), which is a command-line screenshot utility. While its interface is minimalistic, Scrot is, feature-wise, as powerful […]
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How to launch applications differently with Gnome-Pie on Linux desktop

The biggest complaint you can hear those days about Ubuntu is the new Unity interface. I remember leaving for Archlinux precisely when Unity started to rise, and when it was made clear that it was here to stay. However, Unity indirectly has led to good consequences: it allowed other distributions and other desktop environments to […]
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How to configure Conky with a GUI-based Conky config tool

Conky is a light-weight system monitor for X, which displays a variety of information on your desktop. Conky is a highly configurable program which can monitor various time-varying system properties such as CPU load/temperature, free memory, free disk space, battery status, network traffic, etc. Conky consumes little system resources because it renders information within a […]
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How to adjust screen lock settings on Linux desktop

Every major Linux desktop nowadays comes with a screensaver program by default (e.g., xscreensaver), which then can be used to lock the screen for security purposes. The default screensaver is typically configurable, and you can change settings like inactivity period or screen lock delay. You may want to adjust these settings based on your typical […]
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How to integrate Android into KDE Linux desktop

KDE desktop has long been favored by many Linux geeks because it has every element to fulfill their appetite: customizable every bit of it, aesthetically pleasing desktop effects, openness to adopting new technologies such as semantic desktop, etc. Beyond all these bells and whistles, the KDE desktop community constantly tries to advance the state of […]
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How to start a program automatically in Linux desktop

Sometimes you may want to launch a program automatically when you log in to your Linux desktop. Such start-up programs can conduct system-wide configuration (e.g., auto proxy) or user-specific desktop customization (e.g., Conky), at the time you log in to your desktop. Most Linux desktop environments have their own GUIs that allow users to configure […]
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