Ubuntu One On KDE

Ubuntu One is now on KDE. Ubuntu One is Ubuntu’s Linux cloud storage. Ubuntu One has been around for a couple of years, but it runs mostly on Gnome, the default desktop environment for Ubuntu. KDE on the other hand, used on Kubuntu, didn’t support Ubuntu One. Until now.

Linux Is Bloated and Scary

Linus Torvalds called Linux bloated and scary. Did he really mean this and this? Kidding aside, it’s only natural that an OS that’s maturing will get fat with age. Hundreds of lines of code are being added each day. Linux now has over 2.7 million lines of code. Does Linux really need to go on a diet? Maybe. Maybe not.

I think the biggest misconception is that most people think Linux is the Gnome Desktop. It’s really not. In fact, you can run Linux using an entirely different graphical desktop environment like KDE, Xfce, Fluxbox, Icewm, Windowmaker and many, many others . So, it’s a bit deceiving, because users only see the graphical desktop environments and not the kernel.

It’s a good bet that Linus Torvalds was talking about the kernel and the kernel only.

How GNOME and KDE Spend Their Money

From Linux Magazine.

GNOME lists an income of just over $102,000 for the quarter covered by its report. This income includes $65,000 from the Desktop Summit, $20,000 from “advisory board fees” (which I interpret mainly as donations from corporate sponsors), and $12,400 collected by the Friends of GNOME, a promotional and fund-raising project.

By contrast, KDE’s income for the quarter covered by its report totaled just over $111,000 (if you convert the figures from Euros to approximate American dollars). This is actually an increase from the incomes of $93,000 and $102,000 in the fourth and second quarter of 2008. In other words, despite GNOME’s wooing of corporate support, KDE appears to have roughly twice the budget of GNOME in each quarter. And, just as importantly, KDE does not seem to have been affected by the recession.

Read the article.

Slackware 13.0

Slackware Linux Project just released version 13.0 which promises to be a major bump up from version 12.0. The biggest addition to Slackware is the support of the 64-bit version. There are many updates and enhancements to version 13.0: Xfce 4.6.1, KDE 4.2.4, HAL or Hardware Abstraction Layer which allows support for USB flash sticks, USB cameras that appear like USB storage, portable hard drives, CD and DVD media, MP3 players without sudo requirement. Slackware uses Linux kernel 2.6.29.6. Download Slackware 13.0.

KDE 4.3

KDE just released version 4.3 which includes over 2000 new enhancements to the K Desktop Environment. The latest version showcases the latest theme called “Air.” Improvements in performance, memory usage and a stack of new widgets are just few available in the latest release. If you haven’t tried KDE in a while, give it a spin. You can install it via Synaptic Package Manager or just type:

#sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

Fedora 11

The long awaited Fedora 11 is finally here. Delayed by two weeks, the Fedora Project Team finally announced just moments ago the release of Fedora 11 a.k.a. Leonidas. You can download Fedora 11 on single CD with either a Gnome or a KDE environment. Fedora boasts a 20 second boot time using the default Ext4 file system. Fedora 11 comes with new versions of KDE 4.2.2 and Gnome 2.26.1, Firefox 3.5 Beta, Thunderbird 3 Beta, new artwork and a host of other things. Read more.