Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 1(LTS) released and what’s new in it?

Beta 1 for the long term support(LTS) version of Ubuntu 12.04 is released and this time with quite impressive and nice improvements. Unity is getting mature over time and Ubuntu is which of course most of its users love it. Wana take a tour of the new features with screen shots and a video demonstration with download link too?, check it out here. I am downloading it now, and will give it a shot in vbox later..


Icon-Only task manager in KDE – A nice launcher by default

Icon-Only task manager is a task manager available in KDE 4.8 by default, so you no need to install any thing. Just checkout the widgets and it will be there. What it have and why it is different from task manager?, as from its name, it is just an icon only task manager. The good thing i found in this new version is that we can make the icon for an application stay there after closing it. That means, that the application icon will be available at the task bar, if enable the settings for that specific icon. You can move the icons and re arrange its positions, and after moving them according to your taste, it is advisable to lock the Launchers. Just right click on the bar and choose ‘Lock Launchers’, so doing that, your icons will be locked and cannot be re arranged even by a mistake. It have many options in the settings to change its behavior, look and feel(even can make it like unity launcher) etc. In short, it is a nice, complete and simple dock. The best thing about it is, that we can add widgets, system tray, kickoff menu etc beside it(like in the screen shots below). Check out the screen shots of it in action. Try it out, i am sure you will love it.

Icon-Only task manager KDE
Icon-Only task manager KDE
Icon-Only task manager KDE
Icon-Only task manager KDE
Icon-Only task manager KDE

[howto] Install KDM themes in openSUSE

If you are on KDE with openSUSE and want to change the default login theme(by default it is SUSE theme). That will be pretty easy. In case you tried Login Screen in Configure Desktop Settings and its not working, then you can follow this post to have your desired login screen theme. Almost every theme is available on kde-look.org KDM KDE4 themes page, search around and download your favorite one. Lets say you downloaded it to Downloads folder in your home directory, extract it there. [for example this post will use KStarboard-new theme]

Now open terminal and become root by su – , type:

cd /home/username/Downloads/

mv KStarboard-new /usr/share/kde4/apps/kdm/themes/

Now open YaST, go to /etc/sysconfig Editor and then click on Desktop -> Display Manager -> DISPLAYMANAGER_KDM_THEME, and you will SUSE or some other value, change it to your theme folder name like KStarboard-new. Save and close YaST. Checkout the screen shot for this.

YaST /etc/sysconfig

Reboot your system so that the changes take effect.

If you are editor/terminal lover, you can open the following file in terminal instead of using YaST and edit it there(via root user):

vim /etc/sysconfig/displaymanager

Look for this line [DISPLAYMANAGER_KDM_THEME=”SUSE”] and add your theme folder name there.

That should do it.

Interview with Monty Widenius of MariaDB[previously MySQL]

The other day i was reading Monty Widenius interview on linux.com. It was nice share from him that how MariaDB came to existence and how easily it is to migrate to MariaDB from MySQL. How he formed the new team and get started with the new database(MariaDB).

Read the Q&A session

Driver installation for hybrid graphics in SONY VPCCA [Linux openSUSE]

I have Sony Vaio VPCCA laptop, which have hybrid graphic cards Intel and ATI. I had tried the catalyst drivers from AMD to switch the cards, but with no luck. New release of the driver version 12.1 is available and seems that it had/has fixed the issues with switchable modes. I can confirm that, i have installed the drivers and every thing just works.

Had replied to a thread in openSUSE forums with the installation procedure in detail, here is the specific post from the thread. Hope it will work for you.

Good luck with it!

Xubuntu 12.04 Alpha 2 screenshots

When it comes to desktops in Linux, one would always think of some popular ones like KDE, Gnome, XFCE, LXDE and now Unity, Cinnamon etc. Every Linux user has her/his own choice of desktop. But to be honest, all are good and depends for what liking one would use it. Some are light, some are polished, some is packed with many apps and so on… XFCE is one of the light desktop we have in Linux, and it have its own user base.

Xubuntu 12.04 will be a LTS version supported for five years on desktops and servers. Lets take a look what Xubuntu desktop got this time.. Love the elementary(now elementaryos) theme and icons BDW.

Xubuntu 12.04 Alpha 2 Screenshots