Gizmos Freeware Reviews  

Go Back   Gizmo's Freeware Forum > Freeware Forum > Linux

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11. Dec 2013, 08:45 PM   #61 (permalink)
Site Manager
 
MidnightCowboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: South American Banana Republic, third bunch from the left
Posts: 15,282
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Anupam View Post

Recommended program .
Thanks - will check this out.
__________________
Buy a Hoover and prove technology sucks.
MidnightCowboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13. Dec 2013, 08:42 AM   #62 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
Anupam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: India
Posts: 15,329
Default

I spent the whole day on SuperX yesterday.

I got hold of the software update process, and I was able to download Firefox 26, which was available yesterday. I was able to transfer the FEBE backup from Windows, and I was able to setup Firefox the way I have done it in Windows. Still, on Linux, I was quite disappointed with Firefox. Despite tabs being on top, there was space left over, which looked odd. Bookmarks icon doesn't work the way it does in Windows. In Windows, I click on the bookmarks icon, and it shows the bookmarks in a drop down menu, whereas on Linux, it opens a left panel, which isn't productive at all. Scrolling in Firefox in Linux is very choppy, and it feels like I am on a P-III PC or something. The speed though is comparable to Chromium, and is only a tad slow, which I am comfortable with. Still, must say Chromium feels snappy on Linux.

While I was able to do my usual work on Linux, overall, I felt uncomfortable.

In Windows, everything seems in proportion to the resolution, but it didn't feel so in SuperX. It felt like things were out of proportion. Fonts on browsers were big by default, which I resized. Still, the interface didn't seem in proportion. I wasn't particularly happy with the file manager too, whether in single pane, or dual pane. The default in SuperX is Dolphin. Is there a better file manager.

The default image viewer wasn't to my liking too. I installed another viewer, which was better, yet not to my satisfaction. Same with the default screenshot taker. There were no keyboard shortcuts in the screenshot taker... strange. There weren't much choices, and it was hard to find things, since the app centre is not very well organized IMO.

I installed Lancelot Launcher, which was really good. Way better than KDE launcher, which was really bad. Although, at first, I had not liked the SuperX launcher, and missed the default menu based launcher, but I found that SuperX launcher was not bad after you started using it. In some situations, it's actually quite fast and productive, and when everything is in front of you, and you have to start an application quickly. Another reason might be that, in Lancelot, or KDE launcher, you had to click on the menu for the submenu to open up. They could make it clickless, which would be more productive.

I did change around a few things, and was able to change the themes for the windows, and widgets and all. Still, I am really not being at home in Linux, and it all seems kind of disproportionate to me, and it feels kinda outdated. In Windows, everything seems in proportion, and snappy. I feel more comfortable and at home in Windows.

I also encountered a few crashes, while trying to set up widgets, or changing sound.

Also, earlier, I was able to open Software Sources, but after some change to the theme, or windows style, the Software Sources just won't open after putting in the password.

Wget is the default downloader installed in SuperX, but it shows no interface. When I downloaded a few files in Firefox with Wget, I had no way of seeing whether it was being downloaded or not. The only way to see was in the folder itself, where they were being downloaded. I could see the file there, and I could hover the mouse over, and see it change its size as it was being downloaded.
So, I installed Flareget, which was suggested by MC in another thread. I was mighty pleased with it. Thanks for that suggestion, MC. I think you should mention Flareget in its own thread in Linux, it deserves that. Flareget however wasn't present in SuperX Apps Centre, or the Package Manager, and I had to download and install it manually, which went smooth.

I wanted to remove Wget from the system, and so I went into Package Manager, and selected Wget and clicked on remove, but it showed many programs that would be affected, and I didn't know in which way they would be affected, so I didn't remove it.

I saw that many packages were installed by default, many of which I knew nothing about, and they were just too many to browse.

I tried to connect my Android phone to SuperX, and although it detected it as an Android phone, but crashed when I tried to open it.

My webcam doesn't work with SuperX... no detection at all. Also, sadly, there is no Linux driver present for it. I did see with dmesg that the webcam was detected as a video capture device, so I might tinker around with that and read on how to make it work. Not very hopeful though, and I already read that if you want a webcam to work with Linux, get one which offers Linux drivers too.

So well, while I can get things done on Linux, I will still have to return to Windows.

I think I might be moving on to another Linux distro in a few days. As explained above, I somehow don't feel comfortable in Linux. The overall interface of windows, browsers, etc, bothers me.

The other two distros that I have downloaded are based on Ubuntu too, Mint 16 Cinnamon, and Xubuntu 13.10. So, I think should not expect much change from SuperX in overall terms, or should I?

Still, I will check those two out, and see how it goes.
__________________
Anupam
Anupam is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 13. Dec 2013, 10:48 AM   #63 (permalink)
Site Manager
 
MidnightCowboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: South American Banana Republic, third bunch from the left
Posts: 15,282
Default

The Firefox experience for me is choppy too but since I prefer Chromium anyway it has never been an issue.

You can install Nautilus and use that for your file manager if you prefer.

Everything in Linux is configerable so you could try changing your individual fonts by going to Control Panel - Application Appearance - Fonts.

Widgets overall can often be a pain because not all of them will be compatible with the latest release of KDE, or your particular graphics setup. This is why I use Superkaramba for all my monitoring including CPU, RAM, system temps and network speed. There are dozens of themes available from KDE Look or like me you can just grab a standard one and customize it.

http://kde-look.org/index.php?xconte...2984662de96350
__________________
Buy a Hoover and prove technology sucks.
MidnightCowboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13. Dec 2013, 11:42 AM   #64 (permalink)
Site Manager
 
MidnightCowboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: South American Banana Republic, third bunch from the left
Posts: 15,282
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Anupam View Post

In Windows, everything seems in proportion to the resolution, but it didn't feel so in SuperX. It felt like things were out of proportion. Fonts on browsers were big by default, which I resized. Still, the interface didn't seem in proportion.

.
Maybe this is more the sort of "look" you want to achieve? Can't say how this will look with Firefox because I don't have it installed on this system, but Chromium looks pretty neat.



This is Trisquel with some obvious theme changes. If you like it, I will explain how to convert the base system to look like this.
__________________
Buy a Hoover and prove technology sucks.
MidnightCowboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13. Dec 2013, 01:13 PM   #65 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
Anupam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: India
Posts: 15,329
Default

I will try Nautilus. Although, I think I had seen it in the apps list, and it had a lower rating. Still, will give it a try.

I installed two image viewers and they both have same name of "image viewer", with same icons... pretty difficult to distinguish between them. Strange.

I don't have much problem with fonts except their size. Default size was big on the browsers, which is pretty simple to size down with Ctrl + - , but the other things are a problem. I am not much concerned with the system monitor thingies.. but more with the overall look, and that isn't what I would like to have. I did try out a few themes for Windows and desktop, etc, which were most downloaded and high rated, and although it did make some change, I was still not satisfied with the look.. everything seems a bit big... and appears dated.

I don't have Trisquel in my list for now. Although, I do think that if one is not interested in distro hopping, then LTS release are the best. In that sense, SuperX and Trisquel are good.

That's loads of icons on your Chromium BTW .

I might make a move to Xubuntu or Mint in a few days.

Maybe try out OpenSusE as a non-Ubuntu distro.
__________________
Anupam
Anupam is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 13. Dec 2013, 09:38 PM   #66 (permalink)
Site Manager
 
MidnightCowboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: South American Banana Republic, third bunch from the left
Posts: 15,282
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Anupam View Post

That's loads of icons on your Chromium BTW .
I like to achieve a consistent "look" with icons which is another reason why I love Trisquel so much. Unlike KDE which retains it's own system icons, with Trisquel and the Acyl icon set, the whole outfit changes including as you can see the Chromium icons. The only one that didn't was the tray icon for my Thunderbird Firetray extension but you can choose a custom icon for that anyway which is what I did.
__________________
Buy a Hoover and prove technology sucks.
MidnightCowboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27. Dec 2013, 08:36 PM   #67 (permalink)
Site Manager
 
MidnightCowboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: South American Banana Republic, third bunch from the left
Posts: 15,282
Default

I did something "extra" with SuperX x64 over the holiday in response to a query from a friend that might appeal to others cruzin here. I installed the Gnome DE using package manager and then the Classic session

sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback

Now I can log in to either KDE or Gnome.

I get no transparency with Gnome for Superkaramba but everything else works so I just use Conky instead.

Sample desktop here.
__________________
Buy a Hoover and prove technology sucks.
MidnightCowboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22. Feb 2014, 12:36 AM   #68 (permalink)
Site Manager
 
MidnightCowboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: South American Banana Republic, third bunch from the left
Posts: 15,282
Default

Version 3 of SuperX is on the cards for mid 2014. Supposedly there will be a commercial version and a zero cost version. Hopefully they won't shoot themselves in the foot by making the free option a Linux crippleware.
__________________
Buy a Hoover and prove technology sucks.
MidnightCowboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27. Apr 2014, 07:29 AM   #69 (permalink)
Site Manager
 
MidnightCowboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: South American Banana Republic, third bunch from the left
Posts: 15,282
Default

The founder of SuperX and CEO of Libresoft gives his perspective on "What Is Open Source?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQCC5oSfAYo
__________________
Buy a Hoover and prove technology sucks.
MidnightCowboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25. Mar 2015, 12:37 PM   #70 (permalink)
Site Manager
 
MidnightCowboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: South American Banana Republic, third bunch from the left
Posts: 15,282
Default

SuperX has now been upgraded to V3.0 "Grace".

Screenshot

This one was always a contender for my "best" KDE.

http://superxos.com/
__________________
Buy a Hoover and prove technology sucks.
MidnightCowboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 12:19 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.