Filter by Toolkit (i.e. Qt, Gtk, etc.)

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I added new filter options so you can only view apps with specific toolkits. These new options are sub-entries to the overall Show Graphical Apps option. It must be checked for the others to matter. The available toolkit options are Gtk, Qt, Tk, wxW, and other. Ncurses already had a separate callout.

Hopefully this will help those KDE and Gnome users who prefer Qt and Gtk apps over alternatives.

Thanks to Oliver for the suggestion.

KDE4 Desktop Effects

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I installed KDE4 on my desktop today so I could finally try out KWin in all its glory. If you haven't tried it yet I highly recommend it. KDE4 with desktop effects enabled is simply gorgeous. It's fast, responsive, and comes with a nice array of effects options.

Dim Inactive is one of the first effects that I enabled and I really like it so far. One of my pet peeves with Oxygen is that it doesn't change the color of a window's title bar to show which is active, but with Dim Inactive enabled this no longer matters. Instead of changing the title bar the windows in the background are darkened to create a clear contrast that makes it easier to focus on the foreground window.

Getting Excited About KDE4

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A year ago I was really excited about KDE4, but the lack of some basic features I found whenever I tried a release candidate soured me a bit. I still loved the vision, it was just that it was hard to maintain excitement for an extended period of time. As a result, I tried the final release, discovered some of the same deficiencies, and went back to KDE3.

When the February update showed up in Kubuntu I decided to give it another go. Certain aspects still frustrated me: like the inability to reposition icons in the toolbar and the inability to add a folder to Places in Dolphin. Eventually I decided that I could live with the icon location for now and started spending more time playing with KDE4.

Now I'm happy that I did. Despite KDE4 still having a ways to go before being complete and polished, I love using it.

Ubuntu Hardy Heron Repositories Added

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Links to the Ubuntu Hardy Heron repositories have been added. I haven't done a complete update of the database, but each app will be updated whenever a new version is released.

Server Transition Complete

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Thanks for your patience. The server transition is complete and new posts can now be made.

Moving to a New Server

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I'm currently in the process of moving Linux App Finder to a new VPS (virtual private server) with more memory and will be moving the database later today. Hopefully this will help reduce page load time when there is heavy traffic. The current server will stay active and the site should still be accessible the entire time, but new posts, screenshots, or votes may get missed between this afternoon and when the DNS change goes through. Thanks in advance for your patience.

New Ubuntu Gutsy Repositories

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The gutsy-backports and gutsy-parner repositories have been added. I haven't run a complete update on the database yet, but from this point on whenever a new version is released to those repositories it will be reflected on Linux App Finder.