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:
-> 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
cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr
sudo make install
After finishing the compilation process, and running the binary, I got the KDE connect indicator in the panel.
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.
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.
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!
Wait…! That desktop looks familiar. Have I ever met it before? Umm, maybe.
I suddenly remembered about OpenSUSE, which I once wanted to give it a try, as I wrote it somewhere in my other blog. And actually when I checked the post again, it was one and a half years ago. Then recently, I got encouraged (once again 😀 ) by kang Cip to try OpenSUSE out. And yes, I ended up installing it into my PC, eventually. Note that the screenshot above is just a live session. And here is the real installation result:
Dual boot options of OpenSUSE Leap and Windows
From the time I posted about my desire, it means that it took a quite long time for me to eventually install OpenSUSE. That’s the first time I played around with the YaST installer of this chameleon-logo Linux distro.
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Fedora fans all over the world have just excited for the release of the new version, Fedora 27. As usual, the the version brings several fixes and improvements as well as adds some new features.
Nevertheless, though, as for KDE spin, it’s likely there’s nothing really fresh in this new version of Fedora. From above screencast I found on youtube, we can see that the version of Plasma is 5.10.5, which is not the latest one: 5.11 that has new couple of brand new stuffs like the new Systemsettings UI design and Wayland support. But on the other hand, F27 KDE has the newest Qt version shipped, i.e 5.9.1 –nearly the newest one though.
As I wrote this post, I was in upgrading process. By the way, I started switching to Fedora since the version 23 back then. And I have successfully passed 3 times of upgrade processes, not by reinstalling a new ISO image. So, I feel so courageous to just upgrade it by DNF
system-upgrade. Even though I need to download 2,4 GB of new packages!
Upgrade process of Fedora 27
Eventually… download finished, and then wait for the installation
Steps to upgrade
According to Fedora Magazine guide to upgrading Fedora 26 to 27, these are the DNF commands:
sudo dnf upgrade --refresh
sudo dnf install dnf-plugin-system-upgrade
sudo dnf system-upgrade download --releasever=27
sudo dnf system-upgrade reboot
I had lately just realized that I lost something crucial from KDE. Something that took me to love it, ’till now. It’s the built-in Hijra calendar system in Plasma desktop, which was included in (at least until) KDE SC 4.x.
Screenshot taken at a few years earlier
But, since KDE Plasma 5 rolled out, I was so excited for its fresh new look that I almost forgot about the Hijra calendar widget which I used to see. Perhaps it was still in beta phase, then. So, I didn’t take it into account. But, until now, it hasn’t appeared yet.
Then suddenly I wanted to switch KDE with any other DE in my Fedora because of the lack of Hijri calendar. I’ve tried –only– LXQt then. Still, GNOME is not my choice, I don’t know either. But it didn’t last longer. My soul has apparently been connected and felt comfort to KDE. It’s like irreplaceable in my heart. Just like you, my dear. 🙂
A few days earlier, I wanted a fresh look for my Plasma desktop, and I want a macOS-like interface. So, I googled for “dock” app for latest Plasma version. And eventually I ended up to choose Latte-Dock plasma widget. The last chance I customized KDE to resemble macOS look, I made use of Daisy plasma widget. But since it’s not developed any more for long time, I looked for another alternative, then here comes Latte-Dock.
As I use Fedora, I just have to run
dnf install latte-dock to install it. Then I need to run it through app menu launcher to have it appears on the desktop. But actually I made mistake by adding its plasma widget manually via Add widgets of Plasma desktop. I didn’t get the settings I expected like in the tutorial I’ve found then. Yesterday I found a detailed article about Latte-Dock in this link (in German).
Once it launched, it will appear in the bottom screen of plasma desktop. We can add common plasma widgets in it, too, just like in the plasma panel. Also it can be customized by settings and tweak that it provides. For me, the default settings is enough, except for the animation that I cannot obtain due to the lack of performance of my video graphic driver.
In addition to dock app, I also move the default plasma panel to the top of screen. Then I removed the Icon-only Task Manager widget, and added Global Menu widget. Yeah, fortunately there is a global menu widget that is provided by Plasma desktop. But I also need to choose a settings somewhere in the system settings in order that the global menu widget shows application menu.
I also mixed and match other widgets to customize my plasma to look close enough like macOS. The final result is as follow:
My KDE Plasma desktop as of September
Yeah, eventually I’ve got a chance to meet Vim more intensively from now on. Who is she? No worries! She is not a girl nor a lady. You’re still the one for me. 😀
“Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems.” That’s how she describes herself. So, basically Vim is a text editor. Period.
Then, comes a question, why Vim? Umm, frankly, it’s hot lately. I wonder how awesome it is. And yes, it is. Also, considering my needs of text (code) editing, and the hardware spec I have, I think Vim worth trying. Initially I have Atom, as I want something more legal than Sublime Text, that often (I mean always) remind me to purchase it. But with a lot of plugins I installed, it became more laggy. So I broke my idealism to avoid ST, and make use of it instead, until now sometimes. But ST is quite memory-greedy for my 2 gigs laptop, that I also regularly needs browser to run hand in hand while coding. I’m a coder by the way. 😀
Then the hero eventually came in. It’s Vim that now becomes my main text editor. Although I just already use it intensively since 2 or 3 weeks earlier. In other words, I am still getting used to it as a newbie Vim-er, of course. So I haven’t found it’s real hidden magic either. I’m sure with consistency and persistence, I’ll have it’s main enticement: productivity. And for now, I have to get along with her more. Wish me luck. 😀
Speaking of which, I use Vim in my Fedora KDE Spin, and run it in the beloved Konsole app. Here’s my screenshot of Vim.
Vim with NERDTree plugin, makes it looks like GUI-based text editor with left pane