Kubuntu as a primary desktop


Today I moved back to Linux. I’ve been using Linux since 1998 as a primary desktop until the last few years, when I’ve been running Windows XP and Linux Ubuntu under VMWare emulalation.

My current laptop is an Asus M5Ae (Z33A in US) with 1GB RAM. It’s very small, lightweight and it looks great. In the past I had problems with Linux support on it so I decided not to run Linux as a primary operation system. When my Windows XP started to act weirdly I decided to try a migration.

The result is a great success considering the alien hardware I’m working with. I lost some hairs with external monitor support, sleep mode, audio and wireless connectivity but now everything seems to be fine.

I run Kubuntu (Dapper) with a lot of small improvements. I like the user experience a lot more than my last FlyakiteOSX experiment under Windows XP. I can see that Linux on the Desktop has gone forward in giant leaps compared to the situation a few years ago. In the past I used RedHat, Slackware, Debian, Mandrake and SuSE. Each setup had their benefits but my custom Kubuntu is much better in all fronts.

You can see a screenshot of my KDE desktop here:

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What doesn’t work is higher resolution than 1024x on an external monitor. In Windows it closes the built-in LCD when switching to higher resolution on the external monitor. This doesn’t seem to work under Linux. Also, sleep mode doesn’t work if I run the drivers for my Ricoh SD memory card reader, so I have to disable it for now.

I run some nice KDE applications to make my desktop look better, including kooldock, kbfx and dekorator. Theme is Active Heart, icon theme is Nuvola, window style Lipstik, color theme Paper (ink), sound theme Borealis, cursor theme ComiX and a few custom background images were used here and there.

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