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With the latest Kubuntu 15.10 (Wily)

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I love the KDE desktop—I really do. However… here are some grumbles.

1. If you're looking to configure wacom drivers using the KDE systemsettings Input icon, forget it. This functionality is missing from the (upgraded) KDE tools. If you do click the Input icon in systemsettings, you will find that your graphics tablet is configured as a joystick. So, you'll have to use the Command Line Interface xsetwacom utility program available in the xserver-xorg-input-wacom package. The xsetwacom utility is difficult to master.

2. If you use multiple desktops, under KDE4, you could use different wallpapers, and widgets for each desktop. Since I have a 3-monitor display, this was invaluable for tracking my applications and widgets, and setting-up a smooth workflow. This is gone from the new KDE Plasma5 and is not likely to be reproduced in the future (it's “too difficult”).

3. In the file manager Dolphin, you used to be able to right-click on a file, and click “Extract here” – which is a feature I've used probably a thousand-times over the years to expand files from the file manager into the proper folder. A nifty and useful utility in a file-manager (and not all that hard to implement). Well, it's gone.

So how do I feel about the “upgrade” from KDE 4 to the new KDE Applications15-Frameworks5-Plasma5? I guess it's better than switching from KDE3 to KDE4, but it's still aggravating. Yes, I know, it will take time before it's all polished-up (but, some things, like item #2 above, aren't likely to be fixed).

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today's leftovers

Software: Grafana, Heaptrack, Vim

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  • Heaptrack v1.1.0 release
    Better memory profiling on Linux After more than a year of work, I’m pleased to release another version of heaptrack, the Linux memory profiler! The new version 1.1.0 comes with some new features, significant performance improvements and – most importantly – much improved stability and correctness. If you have tried version v1.0 in the past and encountered problems, update to the new v1.1 and try again!
  • Ten Years of Vim
     

    The philosophy behind Vim takes a while to sink in: While other editors focus on writing as the central part of working with text, Vim thinks it's editing.

     

    You see, most of the time I don't spend writing new text; instead, I edit existing text.

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GNU/Linux: Parrot 4.0, Oregan, Containers and Linux 4.18 Plans

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    Parrot 4.0 has been released. Parrot is a security-oriented distribution aimed at penetration tests and digital forensics analysis, with additional tools to preserve privacy.
  • Parrot 4.0 release notes
  • Oregan launches SparQ middleware for Linux and Android TV
    Oregan said that the open standards-based offering resolves the differences between the current security and performance requirements of modern-day TV services and the hardware capabilities of STBs that were deployed up to a decade ago.
  • Linux app support coming to older Chrome OS devices
    Linux apps on Chrome OS is one of the biggest developments for the OS since Android apps. Previous reports stated Chromebooks with certain kernel versions would be left in the dust, but the Chrome OS developers have older devices on the roadmap, too. When Google first broke silence on Linux app functionality, it was understood that Linux kernel 4.4 was required to run apps due to dependencies on newer kernel modules. Thanks to an issue found on Chromium’s public bugtracker, we have confirmation that containers won’t be limited to the handful of Chrome OS devices released with kernel 4.4.
  • Looking Ahead To The Linux 4.18 Kernel
    There still are several weeks to go until the Linux 4.17 kernel will be officially released and for that to initiate the Linux 4.18 merge window, but we already know some of the features coming to this next kernel cycle as well as an idea for some other work that may potentially land.

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