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Desktop Effects Power Consumption

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I recently installed the KDE4 version of Kubuntu on my laptop using the Wubi installer and was able to start using KWin's desktop effects on my laptop for the first time. I wasn't able to do so in the past because I didn't have a native install and VMware Player doesn't support hardware acceleration.

The Wubi installer was a great solution because it allowed me to install Kubuntu without disrupting my existing OS and also allows access to any existing files on the local hard drive.

After installing KDE4.1 beta 1 I started to get curious about battery life. I had heard that Vista's 3D desktop decreased battery life and wondered if KWin did the same.

Open CourseWare for Linux Geeks

A reader just sent in a link about Open CourseWare for Linux that is available from the College@Home site. It starts off with an Introduction section with various tutorials about Linux to get you started and then follows up with some more specific content.

The Use section covers some specific applications, a couple distro guides, and how to use Linux in some different categories like Office and Scientific fields. That is followed up by sections for Administrators, Business, Novell, Concepts, and Development. In all there are currently 54 different courses that have been posted.

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.

Konqueror Tip: Saving the Window Size

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I always found it strange that I could open Konqueror, resize it, and close it; only to have it appear again at the original size the next time it launched. I had checked the Configure Konqueror options under the Settings menu before, but never found anything. It was only after reinstalling Kubuntu this weekend due to a failed hard drive that I discovered why window size wasn't being saved.

The solution is under the Settings menu, but through Configure View Profiles. Simply select "Save window size in profile", hit Save, and you're d

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