The PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty is an alternative KDE desktop providing 6 activity-focused virtual desktops (screenshots
) to address typical user-needs:
1) Internet: email, internet, chat, instant messaging, file sharing, etc.
2) Office: OpenOffice, calculator, financing, etc.
3) Games: some games...
4) MultiMedia: convert music, watch/make DVDs, etc.
5) Graphics: applications for working with images and photos, post-process, draw, etc.
6) System: system info, administration, configuration, etc.
To test/use the FullMonty (FM) desktop you can get
: get the (4GB!) DVD-iso
image, burn it to a DVD or use it in a virtual machine environment, run the live-session and, if you like it, install it as usual. Discussion on the FullMonty-DVD can be found here
: install only the basic FullMonty desktop layout and its tools (in Synaptic search for and install kde4-config-fm
): the idea of fullmonty-light is to give the user a light-weight FM without the need to download a 4GB iso. In addition, the user can customise the FM-system by setting up his/her preferred applications
(see Important notes
The following 3 FullMonty tools are included and available from PCmenu -> More Applications -> Configuration:
: provide basic information about the FullMonty base installation and your system.
: select one of 12 pre-configured plasma config-files to either match your screen-resolution or to restore a pre-defined FullMonty-desktop layout. This tools can also be used to a) unlock and then personalize your current desktop layout or to adapt it to a non pre-configured screen-resolution, and b) to set the startup desktop.
: switch between the FullMonty and the default PCLinuxOS KDE desktop layout which is then applied to any new user on the system.Important notes for the fullmonty-light setup provided via Synaptic:
Installing FullMonty is a customized KDE installation and will remove Compiz because Compiz is incompatible with the FM desktop. After installing kde4-config-fm
via Synaptic the FM desktop layout will be applied to any new user added to the system
. This means existing system users will have the same desktop as before and you have to add a new user to activate the FM-desktop. The folder view containers of the 6 FM desktops refer to applications provided by the default KDE installation. When applied to a non-KDE desktop, or if you have applications installed which are not on the default KDE-iso, you will find that some launchers show a question mark, indicating missing applications. You can either install the missing application via Synaptic or, if you do not want that application, simply delete the respective launcher (rightclick -> Delete). To add a new application launcher into any of the folder view containers on the 6 virtual desktops, follow these steps:
a) rightclick inside the folder view container on your virtual desktop and select: Create New -> Basic link to file or directory
b) in the second field of the Plasma Workspace window: browse to /usr/share/applications/(kde4) and select the application launcher (.desktop file) you want to add
c) in the first field of the Plasma Workspace window: rename the application launcher to your liking, then press OK.
With these steps you can now personalise your FM-system having your preferred applications only. Please also read the information in the file FullMonty_readme.txt
in your Home directory.