KDE neon – Post installation review

KDE neon default desktop

KDE neon is not so much a distribution as a rapidly updated version of Ubuntu 16.04 with KDE as the desktop and it isn’t bad at all. I haven’t had much luck with KDE for a while, Kubuntu annoyed me and I just couldn’t seem to get my first distribution openSUSE to work properly. So far it is going very well though so I thought I would give a run through of my basic post installation to help others.

I say post installation as I clicked;

  • Download updates while installing neon
  • Install third-party software for graphics and Wi-Fi hardware, Flash, MP3 and other media

during install which made things a lot easier.

There are a couple of things I have found annoying. The KDE software installer, Discover,  isn’t the greatest. It doesn’t recognise some things on search and you have to swap back to command line install sometimes but that isn’t much of a chore really. You only have to install once after all.

KDE neon – Post installation

Update

The first thing to do is update just to make sure you have everything. KDE’s terminal is called Konsole and the easiest way to find it is to click on the menu of the bottom left and type konsole. It is generally a good idea to right click on the icon and choose add to favourites as well. This makes it quicker to find.

sudo apt update

KDE neon update

sudo apt upgrade

KDE neon upgrade

Widgets

While that is updating I usually arrange my widgets on the desktop. Widgets are handy little programs that can be placed on the Plasma Desktop.

In a default install the KDE neons Plasma Desktop you can choose them by placing your mouse in the top left corner of the screen, clicking once for the dropdown and then again on add widgets.

Click on and drag any widget you want onto the desktop. I like the Folder View, Trash and Network Monitor widgets. There are many others though.

After choosing and arranging your widgets to your liking click on the dropdown again and choose lock widgets to lock them in place.

Applications

KDE neon comes with few applications installed, which I really like. A lot of desktops are too cluttered with everything you might want instead of everything you actually needed.

I installed; Amarok, Backintime, Calligra, Chrome, Digikam, GIMP, Kontact, Krita and Netbeans which fulfilled my needs.

Of these only Chrome and GIMP aren’t KDE applications. And GIMP I only installed as I am used to it. Krita probably would have worked fine. It doesn’t actually matter if you mix and match KDE and Gnome (etc) but I was trying for a KDE desktop.

Most of them I installed on Discover, the KDE software manager, but some of them wouldn’t turn upon it so had to install them via Konsole using,

sudo apt install <insert software here>

Discover still needs some work I think……

Filesharing

KDE neon is great for setting up filesharing. The only hold up was again Discover. In the end I used Konsole again.

sudo apt-get install samba kdenetwork-filesharing

After installing you can right click on a folder and choose “Properties” and there will be a “Sharing” tab to set up sharing that folder.

Miscellaneous

Although all the codecs I need were installed by selecting “Install third-party software for graphics and Wi-Fi hardware, Flash, MP3 and other media” I installed msttcorefonts with Konsole in order to get fonts like Arial.

sudo apt install msttcorefonts

Accept the licenses.

KDE neon review

I have been using it as my Desktop for four days now and it is fantastic. I had forgotten who easy and configurable KDE is. There have been no crashes. Everything is fairly rock solid. I recommend it.

Install Discord on Fedora 25

Discord logo

Discord is a voice and text chat application aimed at gamers but can be used by anyone. Is is currently available on Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Android, iPhone, Windows, OSX, and Linux….Basically everywhere. Installing Discord on Fedora 25 is easy.

Open a terminal and enable the copr repository.

sudo dnf copr enable vishalv/discord-canary

Then install with this command (You will have to accept the copr GPG key in order to install).

sudo dnf install discord-canary

It does seem to use a lot of resources on first start but after updating itself it should work just fine.

 

Not installing Discord on Fedora 25?

You can find a install guide for Discord here for Linux lite 3.4.

Discord on Fedora 25,

Gnome Online Accounts – Credentials have expired

Credentials have expired

If you are having trouble with Gnome Online Accounts not logging into Google make sure you are fully updated and try again. Especially if you are getting the error “Credentials have expired”. If that doesn’t work, then open a terminal and try,

pgrep goa-daemon | xargs kill -9

This will kill the Gnome Online Accounts daemon which will then automatically re-spawn. Worked for me!

Credentials have expired

What if the Credentials have expired fix doesn’t work?

Of course, if it doesn’t work for you you might have a different problem. I would suggest searching the Gnome Online Accounts mailing list here or asking them in their IRC if you aren’t able to solve it on Google.

 

Batch convert PDF to JPG

So, last night I needed to batch convert PDF files called v35_22_31_Auckland.pdf into JPG. Or to put it another way separate out the PDF’s pages and convert them into JPG images. I tried it a couple of ways including Converseen which did the job but renamed all the files badly and changed the image size (from A3 to A4). ImageMagick was the same although probably more from my misreading of the man pages.

Batch convert PDF solution

Eventually I settled on using pdftocairo (part of the Poppler utilities) and specifying the x and y  scale to retain the original page size. I found the page size by extracting one page using PDFMod and opening it in GIMP. After that I copied the original PDF into a folder and then opened a terminal in it and ran this command.

pdftocairo -jpeg -scale-to-y 1653 -scale-to-x 1169 v35_22_31_Auckland.pdf

It worked perfectly filling the folder with correctly sized JPG’s.

 

Batch convert PDF