KDE 4.8 RC is released!

While we have a stable and fast KDE 4.7, KDE is releasing its latest version for this desktop with more features and improvements.

Today KDE released the first release candidate for its renewed Workspaces, Applications, and Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team’s focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing new and old functionality. Compared to Beta2, RC1 contains hundreds of fixes. Please give this release another good round of testing to help us release a rock-solid 4.8 in January.

Some of the features:

  • Qt Quick in Plasma Workspaces
  • Dolphin’s file view has been rewritten for better performance, scalability and more attractive visual appearance.
  • KSecretService
  • Many more…

Announcement page

Info page

At the time of writing this post, packages are not updated yet in openSUSE KDE repos(still has beta packages), need to wait for a while. If you don’t want break and make thing then i would say stick to either stable release or upstream stable release. But how ever if you wana try it, add these repos through YaST and do zypper dup in terminal, disable all other KDE repos before(if enabled).

12.1:

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Unstable:/SC/openSUSE_12.1/

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Extra/openSUSE_12.1_KDE_Unstable_SC/

11.4:

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Unstable:/SC/openSUSE_11.4/

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Extra/openSUSE_11.4_KDE_Unstable_SC/

You can report bugs to http://bugs.kde.org/.

 

openSUSE 12.1 installation (dual boot with windows 7)

One of my favorite distro openSUSE, 12.1 is released already and i haven’t tried it out until yesterday. I am amazed as always from the improvement openSUSE implement each time it releases new version. Love the green buttons and green progress bar this time(in installation). Ok, so as the title says, i will guide you step by step with installation beside window 7. I will try to make the things simple as i can specially in partitioning step. Installation medium used will be openSUSE 12.1 64bit KDE live CD. System configuration are:

  • Intel Core i5
  • 4GB Ram
  • Switchable graphics (Intel and AMD Radeon)
  •  DVD drive to boot from.

I assume you already have windows 7 installed and have free space on your disk for openSUSE. If you don’t have yet, and want to create one for openSUSE Gparted can help you in this, i will not go into more details with Gparted here. But its easy to use, just download it, burn its iso file as image and boot your machine from it, partition your disk as you wish. Also make sure you backup your data and files on a external disk or flash before the partition took place through Gparted. Just to be on the safe side. Download openSUSE 12.1, burn the iso file to a CD and also check the md5sum before burning. So let’s start…

1-  Boot from the live CD, which you just burned and go to the live desktop. Now is the time to start installation. Click on the install icon on the desktop.

2-  Select language and keyboard layout as shown in the screen.

3-  Select your location and set the date & time.

4-  Now is the time to setup the partitions on the disk. To create our own partitions click on the button ‘create partition setup‘, and it will bring you here.

5-  I already have my disk partitioned(used Gparted) as shown in above image. Sda3 is my root partition where i will install the OS, Sda7 is used as swap. In the image below you can see that how to setup your partition for use. Choose your drive(for me sda3) and click edit, it will bring the window same as the image below. You can the see the options there, one can keep the options as i did in the image.

6-  If you want to mount your partitions like windows one and other linux drives: for windows just use /windows/c for c drive and /windows/d for d drive and so on… for linux /Backup (you can change that word as to your taste) and so on… don’t forget the swap ya… You can see the mount points in the image below. Also remember for windows partitions you need to choose ntfs in the File system while writing the mount point.

7-  And this is the final partition window you will see, make sure here that every thing is in order…

8-  In this window you will create new user for your system.

9-  And the final stage, where you will see all the changes and stuff you just did, carefully read it and go ahead with the installation if nothing is a show stopper.

10-  Installation progress with the greeny progress bar…

Installation is finished partially. Choose to reboot. After 1st reboot, installation will setup the configuration for the hardware and system, this time it will not show any GRUB MENU for multiple OS. But the next time you reboot, it will show you the nice graphical screen with multiple boot options for Linux and windows.

Note: If something went wrong at the grub menu for multiple OS, follow this tutorial to repair/install the grub again.

I tried to make this guide/article very simple and easy to follow, but if still you think you can’t go ahead with this guide, drop a comment below and i will try to answer at my best.

Enjoy and have fun! :)

What’s inside PHP.ini…?

Hi all,

That day i was reading this useful article about php.ini. Yup, we most of the people ignore this file while this is the core file which PHP will communicate 1st and then do the necessary things it is addressed.

I will not take much of your time in this post, which i am writing after some time.

There are useful things inside PHP.ini file which most of the programmers might know for daily usage on their servers.

Read the detailed article here.

Enjoy reading!

KDE 4.6.3 is OUT

KDE team ships the May updates for the KDE plasma desktop.

May 6th, 2011. Today, KDE has released a series of updates to the Plasma Desktop and Netbook workspaces, the KDE Applications and the KDE Frameworks. This update is the second in a series of monthly stabilization updates to the 4.6 series. 4.6.3 brings many bugfixes and translation updates on top of the latest edition in the 4.6 series and is a recommended update for everyone running 4.6.1 or earlier versions. As the release only contains bugfixes and translation updates, it will be a safe and pleasant update for everyone. KDE’s software is already translated into more than 55 languages, with more to come.

Announcement link

Changelog

openSUSE KDE user?, you can safely update your system now. If you are new to this update/upgrade process, this article will guide you.

Good luck!

Ubuntu 11.04 is released

Ubuntu has announced the latest release of its family OS and this time things are little different than before, we have Ubuntu with new desktop called Unity. I have tested the beta version and it was awesome. I am downloading it ATM and will try it out. So don’t miss it and download it now OR upgrade from your previous version. Upgrade process can be done via update manager(very simple). After upgrading you have the choice to use the new desktop or switch to old(gnome or other) desktop from the login screen. Choice is yours.

Download from Ubuntu Site.

What’s new in it

Features

Good luck and enjoy the fun!

LibreOffice 3.4 Beta 1 Released

Hi folks,

Some interesting news we have here, that Oracle halting commercial interest for OpenOffice. And at the mean time we have beta 1 for LibreOffice, this is now great news. Some of the features are listed below for this release:

  • added navigation buttons to writer
  • Replaced unhide text button by icon buttons
  • Mouse wheel scrolls whole slides
  • Updated slide sorter icons
  • allow ‘select as you type’ aka ‘quick selection’
  • new ‘animated images’ for Throbber controls
  • enable human icon theme
  • treat Excel number format ‘General’ as standard format in Calc
  • change the default sheet print option to “print entire sheet” in Calc
  • don’t toggle the calc formula bar when activating and deactivating a chart in Calc
  • Allow unused master pages to be deleted in master pages control in Impress
  • enable full width by default for ‘Default’ style in Impress

Download it from here.

openSUSE users can follow these instructions, but i would recommend to read in openSUSE forums 1st and install from any beta repos.

More read at linuxjournal.com