I am now on the second day of using the new PCLos 2010 KDE4 and so far I have found a couple of problems.
1. Nearly every time I do anything I get a bubble on Notifications and Jobs stating KDE Write daemon. Message from syslogd@localhost.
This is all that I get. I have tried double clicking, clicking left and right on the bubbles but I cannot see anything else. If I open a terminal
I sometimes get a message stating that a message has been repeated anything up to 20 times, but still no message displayed.
I have tried Configure your system - View and search system logs, but all logs are empty. What are these messages, and
how can I see them ?
2. Select Utilities - Install Video Cards. Get a dialog stating KDEInit could not launch /usr/bin/vit
I also would like My Computer back. Also KPackage or something similar. I know that rpms can be installed from the cli, but this
seems to me a bit of a retrograde step, since many of the comments by people who will not try to use Linux are to do with
having to use the cli. KPackage is a case of a gui being replaced by a cli. Should this not be the other way round ?
I notice that although gedit is available from the repositories kedit is not. I used kedit as a normal notepad type editor in preference
to any of the others. I assume that there is another simple notepad like editor available, could anyone suggest one ? Does gedit
operate like Kedit, if so would it run on KDE ?
When I booted from the LiveCD the left of the taskbar contained the following : Kicker, Device Notifier, Show Desktop, Configure Desktop,
Configure Computer, Dolphin, Synaptic, Desktop Switcher. The right contained Klipper, Metwork, Volume, Notifications and Jobs, Digital
Clock and LogOut/Shutdown.
I then installed from the Live CD, formatting / and not formatting /home.
When I booted up I was surprised to see that the taskbar left contained only Kicker and Desktop Switcher, and the right Klipper,
Network, Volume, Notifications and Jobs and the digital clock. I assume that this was by design, leaving the user to add whatever
This leads to a further problem for me for which I seem to have found a workround. Of course, it may be that I was doing things
incorrectly and the workround is not necessary.
I like a panel at the bottom of the screen and another panel at the top of the screen. On these panels I put launchers for programs which
I tend to use most often, eg. Firefox, Thunderbird, 2 or 3 Windows programs that I run under Wine. The problem I had was :
Selecting eg. Kicker, Internet, Firefox and right clicking gives options to Add to Favourites, Add to Panel, Add to Desktop. I wanted to place the
launcher for this on the top panel. Similarly for Thunderbird, Terminal, Windows programs etc. On the bottom panel I like Show Desktop,
Home, Configure, Synaptic.
If Add to Panel is selected, the the launcher is added to the bottom panel. I was unable to find a way to add the launcher to the
top panel. I tried adding the QuickLaunch Widget to the top panel, but although I could add the launchers for the WIndows programs
I could not find a way to change the Icon or anything else about the launcher.
In KDE 3.5 the option existed to add an app to a panel, either a KDE or non-KDE app, which is what I used.
This option does not appear to exist in KDE4. It seems that only Widgets can be added to a panel, which did not help my
requirements. The workround that I used was to open Dolphin, find the program executable (Windows programs) or launcher
(eg. /usr/share/applications/firefox) and drag from Dolphin to the panel. This put the required launcher on the panel and I was
able to change the Icon.
Tried Emerald Theme Manager. Select a theme and the manager disappears.
Try GTk theme switch. Select any theme and Preview. Previews are all the same as the default that was being used.
Eventually changed them with Configure your desktop - Look and Feel - Windows.
As I said, this is only the second day that I am trying PCLos 2010 and have barely scratched the surface yet. Possibly I will find
more what appear to me to be problems, maybe not.
Overall, though, seems pretty good.