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This is really what KDE Neon should have been. Not some buggy YABU but straight off of Debian. Hopefully those in charge will consume this distro and re-brand it KDE Neon. Having heaped that kind of praise it is not without its quirks. While the “Welcome” screen slide show you manually navigate through seems nice, most of the “install” buttons just show the user a blue Cylon Eye with not so much as an idiot indicator bar. No messages and no concept of just how long something was going to take. I tried to install the NVidia drivers this way three times. Each time it took forever and claimed success. Each reboot showed that nothing worked. Finally I closed that and ran the “Device Driver Manager” directly. The second or…

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I finally got fed up with the sluggish performance of Linux Lite on my I7 Quad-core. I mean a box with 16Gig of RAM, an SSD and an Nvidia card having 384 CUDA core ought to run much better. Indeed it has run much better with other distros but those distros had issues I couldn’t live with and couldn’t take the time to try and fix. Eventually I will be playing with some YOCTO builds on my 6-core AMD so needed to find a responsive distro. Installation occurred on 3 different machines: I7 Quad-core HP small form factor desktop with Nvidia card 16Gig RAM HP laptop (sorry don’t have it handy but believe it to be AMD based) 8Gig RAM Acer Aspire One 722-0022 netbook AMD C60 dual core 8Gig…

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I originally tried Mint 18 KDE on my HP laptop. The plaque on the back says it is a 355 G2 if that makes any difference. I was underwhelmed with the beta. It had a vicious lock screen bug. If you required your password for the lock screen, you were toast. There are various discussions about hacks and work arounds, but none of them seem to work on the laptop. There is also more than one bug report: rpt_1  rpt_2 About a week ago I pulled down the released version and installed it on my HP 8100 Elite small form factor desktop, replacing Ubuntu 16.04 because it was sloooow and Unity really blows as a desktop. I was impressed that the first time the screen saver came up it showed…

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The more developers try to push Gnome towards the future the further it seems to fall behind. Admittedly I’m a bit biased because I have always thought, and it will take a change of biblical proportions to make me think otherwise, that all variants of Gnome are freakin-ugly. While we are at it, Unity looks like pedestrian meets train on bridge, but I digress. Be that as it may, there are two massively annoying differences between KDE and Gnome. We can only hope the Gnome developers wake up and smell the fresh brewed tea! Our first vicious difference is between konsole (the KDE terminal) and gnome-terminal (yes, you guessed what it is.) Under console there is no menu bar. If you want to run the Jed text editor, or any…

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One thing which always annoys me about being forced to use a Gicky-Gnasty-Gnome based desktop is the total lack of indispensable packages. While, in theory, you can install KWrite and Kate under Gnome, they don’t run correctly. At least, they don’t run correctly on YAU (Yet Another Ubuntu) releases. I believe this is due in large part to Canonical not testing desktops together. They ship different products for each desktop so not much cross desktop testing needed in their view. I spent a good many years in RPM hell with SuSE. I endured the ugly thing called YAST. I spent many an hour trying to recover from RPM installs which gagged part way through leaving the package manager in a state where one could neither uninstall the broken package nor…

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