Installing KDEConnect Indicator on Budgie Desktop

So, I missed a crucial info in my previous post about the switch of my desktop from KDE to Budgie. The KDE “flavor” that I meant was KDE connect indicator, as well as its context menu in Dolphin file manager to send files to Android. Actually it’s something that retains me to stay loyal using KDE desktop for quite some time. It’s a nifty app for me, as I can get every notification from my phone right away without touching it.

When I decided to move to Budgie, I also looked for similar apps that I used to have in KDE, including this KDE connect. Fortunately, there has been some projects that support KDE connect for Budgie, or Gnome in common. And among them, I chose indicator-kdeconnect applet by Bajoja in Github. (The repo might will move to Gitlab soon 🙂 )

The project has provided install instruction for Fedora. Here is the snippet:

on Fedora:
-> sudo dnf install gtk3-devel
-> sudo dnf install libappindicator-gtk3-devel
-> sudo dnf install cmake
-> sudo dnf install vala-devel
-> sudo dnf install python3-requests-oauthlib
-> sudo dnf install nautilus-python (if you use Nautilus)
            nemo-python (if you use Nemo)
            caja-python (if you use Caja)

Obviously you should install kdeconnect 1.0.0 or up to use the features

compile:
    mkdir build
    cd build
    cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr
    make
sudo make install

After finishing the compilation process, and running the binary, I got the KDE connect indicator in the panel.

kdeconnect-indicator-building

Compile process of indicator-kdeconnect in Budgie desktop

Of course I have installed the KDE connect binary and made sure it’s running, in order to have the context menu in Dolphin to send files.

kdeconnect-budgie

Android files are displayed in Dolphin

Everything of KDE connect is working fine, including multimedia controller, remote input, as well as copy-paste text into and from device. Although for the latter, I haven’t found the corresponding feature like KDE’s clipper for copied texts in Budgie.

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It’s Budgie desktop in Fedora 28. Yeah, actually it’s quite pretty neat, and lightweight!

I think I have to switch desktop in this Fedora installation in my laptop, because it feels quite laggy with KDE, although when I boot to openSUSE, it’s not so. I’ve realized that the best distro that makes great KDE configurations is openSUSE, not Fedora. I’m sorry to say that, but that’s what I got so far. Fedora, I’m sure, is great in Gnome 3 support, as it is the default desktop for Fedora Workstation. But, I’m not too interested to give Gnome 3 a try as for now.

So, instead of Gnome 3, I got interested to Budgie desktop of Solus project. I was wondering its lightweight as often discussed on @fedoraid Telegram group, especially by bro @alunux. And actually, he is the one –maybe the only as well– who provides a COPR repo of Budgie desktop for Fedora. And of course I install it from there. Thanks buddy @alunux. 😀 Keep it on!

Budgie desktop in KDE flavor