KDE 4.9 RC2 is OUT

Hi folks and KDE lovers, KDE team proudly announced the 2nd RC for upcoming release of KDE 4.9. This will be the bug fix release to most of the apps and libraries. Some of the notable changes in KDE 4.9 are:

  • The Dolphin file manager has improved its display and sorting and searching based on metadata. Files can now be renamed inline, giving a smoother user experience.
  • Deeper integration of Activities for files, windows and other resources: Users can now more easily associate files and windows with an Activity, and enjoy a more properly organized workspace. Folderview can now show files related to an Activity, making it easier to organize files into meaningful contexts.

openSUSE users can get it from the unstable repos. Checkout this guide for upgrading process.




How to install Google Chrome in openSUSE

Don’t be confused about Chrome and Chromium. Both are browsers and using the same engines, then what’s the difference?, the difference is one is actively developed by open source community[Chromium] and the other is maintained and developed by Google[Chrome]. Google Chrome can say provide stable version, while Chromium is dev build version[unstable] which is stable though but have new features which then go to Google Chrome stable version later. Chromium is already provided in openSUSE default repositories. But for Google Chrome we need to add new repository. Which will have three versions, stable, beta, unstable. If you want to have different versions of this browser, install both Chromium and Chrome. Currently i’m running both versions, stable version from Google[Chrome] repository and dev build[Chromium] from openSUSE repositories. 1st of all open terminal and become root by su – , and then type, choose your system architecture:

64bit version

zypper ar http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/x86_64 Google-Chrome

32bit version

zypper ar http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/i386 Google-Chrome

Now type:

zypper ref

And install Google Chrome:

zypper in google-chrome-stable

Now you will have two versions of Chrome/Chromium browser.

[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.

How to get latest Firefox in openSUSE

Firefox 10 is released and it is available in openSUSE Mozilla already. I will show you how to get the latest stable release using zypper(via terminal) and YaST(via graphical interface).

1st method (the terminal way):

1- Open terminal, become root by su – and type the following line (will add the mozilla repo),

openSUSE 11.4

zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/mozilla/openSUSE_11.4/ FF11.4

openSUSE 12.1

zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/mozilla/openSUSE_12.1/ FF12.1

2- Now type this,

zypper ref
zypper dup --from FF12.1

FF12.1 is for openSUSE 12.1, if you are on 11.4, change it to FF11.4. (Don’t worry, its just a repo name). And that’s it.

2nd method (the YaST way):

1- Open Yast -> software repositories and click on add button, click next by choosing specify URL from above options and add the repo(mentioned in 1st method above) for your specific distro with name in the Repository Name field. Click next button to finish.

2- Now open Software management from YaST, choose the repo name you just added and click on ‘switch system packages’. Accept and that’s it.

Which method you will go for?, i will definitely go for 1st one, easy with few lines to run from terminal.

Upgrade to KDE4.7.4 or later in openSUSE

openSUSE 12.1 is shipped with KDE 4.7.2, but some people like me might be interested to update to latest stable release. So that’s quite easy, we just need to add stable upstream repos. Here i will show you that how to update to latest version.

1-1st of all, if you have other KDE repos, please disable/delete them. Then add the following repos for your distro. Open YaST and add them using the software repositories module







2- Now open terminal, and type zypper dup it will change the vendors too, and update the system to the latest packages from every repo.

It will ask for yes or no, type y or yes. That’s it.

Hope after all updates you will have KDE 4.7.4 with stable packages and stable system.

Note: Having these repos, you will always get latest stable point release of KDE SC 4.7.

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).







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