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Old 27. Jul 2012, 04:55 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have gotten around to customizing my new KDE desktop. I'm trying to stick with KDE apps when I can, to bad because I already miss Nautilus. Dolphin has allot of plugins which will help.

One Major bug found Beware the Nvidia driver
When I tried to update my Nvidia video driver I selected the recommended driver and it totally broke my system. It froze the system and I wasn't able to recover so I had to reinstall everything from scratch. Unless you have a relatively new Nvidia graphics card you may want to use the post-release driver only. I like my games otherwise I wouldn't bother to use the Nvidia driver and would go with the default driver.
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Old 27. Jul 2012, 11:33 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Wouldn't you know it.... Just found a plug-in to put Clam AV in Dolphins context menu. Thats ok I also like BitDefender, besides it looks more like a serious Anti-Virus
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Old 28. Jul 2012, 06:06 AM   #13 (permalink)
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One Major bug found Beware the Nvidia driver
I see so many reports about this across multiple distros for both Nvidia and ATI. My philosophy is leave well alone. If something doesn't work when I fire up the live CD, there are plenty more to try.
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Old 29. Jul 2012, 04:30 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I've finally replaced my Mint Julia operating system with Mint 13 KDE. Took me a couple hours to get it the way I like. Once I got used to using KDE once again the process went very smooth. Real smooth almost too smooth, I kept waiting for it to turn into a two headed Wombat and attack me or something.
The new KDE looks and feels better than I remember, it has a polished feel to it and the 'K' apps functions more like utilities and applications instead of half-baked plugins. All of my games work as before and thankfully the Nvidia driver is functioning nicely. I going to make incremental image backups in-case of a meltdown until I'm sure its going to behave.
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Now that I'm using Mint13 KDE full time I can use that extra 20GB partition. I'm thinking Kororaa may be worth a shot. I wonder which version I should try Gnome or KDE. Perhaps A coin toss will decide.
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Now that I'm using Mint13 KDE full time I can use that extra 20GB partition. I'm thinking Kororaa may be worth a shot. I wonder which version I should try Gnome or KDE. Perhaps A coin toss will decide.
I much prefer the KDE but the current download speed is awful. There's a torrent for V16 at Linuxtracker and I might need to wait for someone to stick 17 on there as well. According to Firefox, I need 14 hours to get this from source!
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Old 02. Aug 2012, 02:00 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I have spent the last two days trying out Lubuntu and Xbuntu. Lubuntu installed with no problems. I placed the bootloader in its partition and after updating grub from Mint13. it found Lubuntu which I was then able to boot into. I was very impressed with how the system performed and found it very easy to customize the desktop the way I liked it. The bad part is that it didn't like my video (Nvidea) card which seems to be a common problem with the newer linux distros. I've looked for a solution on many forums and Wiki's with no solution. I believe the issue involves one or two missing libraries but that just a guess.

Xbuntu was far more difficult. After booting off the CD I was immediately greeted with a crash report and yes I checked checksum first. So I did my duty and properly submit the crash report to folks at Xbuntu. This was a shame because I found it to be one of the leanest, meanest of the full featured distro's. I continued my customization which was pretty much straight forward. After completing the update which did not include updating the Nvidia driver the system continued to crash after every reboot. Onward and forward.

I think I'll try a KDE based distro for my next try.
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Old 02. Aug 2012, 04:05 AM   #18 (permalink)
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The crash reports are "ghosts" from what I saw. I got them all the time but nothing ever stopped working. Try Voyager (no crash reports) and just change the default settings if you don't like the dark theme. What they've done with their customization of AWN is truly awesome although I don't like docks so I deleted mine and replaced it with a bottom panel.
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Finally got Toorox installed however it was the KDE version. the install process was a little different than what I'm used to but the plus side is that it successfully installed to my existing boot menu. The Software manager "portato" was also different and in my opinion it is not nearly as polished as synaptic. For some reason it stops showing the install progress. The Live USB installer failed and that's a shame because its supposed to be able to install it in persistence mode by carving out half of the drive for personal files. There was a number of little hickups that were not that serious. Overall I would rate it as 2.5 out of 5. I can not see this as a default desktop unless more work is done to smooth out all the wrinkles.
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Old 07. Aug 2012, 07:10 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Downloading Kubuntu 12.04. I'm curious how it stacks up Mint13 KDE. My hunch is that it will be just as good in many areas. Mepis12 KDE will be out in 48 hours so it will be next on my agenda. I will always be close Mepis as it was my first linux try. I'm expecting a very polished operating system due to the developers taking their time between releases.
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