Linux Desktop opinions!

For the past few months I have been using Mint (an older version as I really cann’t be bothered upgrading at the moment). I installed the version with Mate desktop because I could easily connect to a seagate harddrive on my home network which I couldn’t do on KDE. This, as it turns out was one of the few pluses of the desktop but there were a few negatives as well. I found that as time went on many of the applications such as Eyeofmate and one or two others just didn’t do what I was used to or wanted! I also found that Nightingale (my preferred music player) didn’t really work right as well although it still doesn’t on KDE either as it kept crashing with the lastfm and soundcloud add-on.

So, within 2 months of my newish installation, KDE was on the machine and I was so much happier. Why did I take this step?

I simply prefer the applications and general working environment as well being used to its functions and settings. In particular I wanted Digikam as I am of the opinion that this is the best photo manager that I have used on any system. For some reason it doesn’t open when I am using Mate desktop, may be something to do with the software engine behind the desktop. But this doesn’t really matter.

The other snag that I have found but I have fixed is the locking of the machine when I am using KDE. Its only happened a couple of times but when it locks the desktop, it does exactly that. Nothing will happen, I was able to log back in the last time using a USB keyboard but this just sucks. Because even after the login the computer was still locked via the keyboard and other pieces of the hardware and the only way to be able to get my machine back was to pull the battery out the back of the laptop ( I didn’t want to do this as I’m sure its bad for the machine but was the only thing I could think off). As I say, the settings are now changed to stop the locking of the session to deal with this bug. When I’m using Mate I don’t have this problem because there doesn’t seem to be no automatic session lock come in after a set period of none use. Granted it can be useful but it should only be done by the user if they are leaving the machine for a while which I suspect is the case with Mate.

At the moment I am currently spending most of time using KDE as it is the desktop environment that I can work best with. The applications do what I want with the freedom to do everything from one place. In Mate for example, I cann’t upload pictures to flickr without going out of the dedicated eyeofmate or Gwenview. I have also installed the software that I prefer such as Thunderbird, nightingale and others but there seems to be some difference in the way that they work better on one desktop and not so on the other. It would be really nice if one desktop could be used and be able to use the applications on that instead of having to switch, especially if it just to access the Seagate hard drive on the network. So in conclusion, no desktop wins one hundred percent, I am of the opinion that the perfect desktop experience is yet to come but KDE is pretty close, just sort out the network connection stuff!


Moon+ starting To Shine on Android…Almost

With the new phone came the opportunity to try a new ebook app. First I installed the Kindle app but as you have gathered from previous posts, I’m not happy using this due its dependence on the amazon website (well, sort of). So I went forth and tried a couple of others. At the moment I am trying Moon+ which I am happy with. But why or what is the point of having a ebook app on the phone?
I travel alot with work as well as having occasions when I have some time of doing nothing such as in airports when traveling or quiet time on site, some lunch times or when on a watching brief I find that I need something to take the time away and having a book or 3 on my phone that I can read is ideal. I don’t have many books on the phone but maybe 3 or 4.

To get them on the phone I follow a similiar method to as for the Nexus 7 in regards to using calibre but using a different folder in the sdcard (no sdcard on the nexus). , 

The folder on the phone in which to add books is the ebooks folder on the SDcard. This will have the path /storage/sdcard1/ebooks.

To load the books to the app go to my Shelf and go to the settings button top right and select options and from there select import books and go to storage and select the folder where you have put your books. Your books should then appear on your bookshelf and also on the apps home page.

The only thing that annoys me abut this app is that when you have a internet connection a thing comes up when you close it saying to download the Kindle app. I really hate this because it seems to be forcing you to download something which I was trying to get away from. Otherwise, I really like this app. Much nicer than kindle which I think is bit of a mess!


The Huawei Ascend Lock Screen Needed To Go!

I’ve had a couple of weeks with the new phone. I’ve added my favourite apps to the phone because thats what I prefer. Some are paid for and some not (cover this another time). All was fine but I did have trouble with the SMS message notifications. I switched them off which worked to a point but the default app was still giving grief. The third party app I use for this is ChompSMS, I’ve used this for while but for some reason, after reading the messages they still come up as unread on the lock screen!
All the nofications where turned off, so why?

It had to do with the settings for the damn lock screen! Why these settings are so hard to find is stupid. Why aren’t they easy to find I don’t know, they’re actually hidden! Much searching of forums, etc provided no clues. The only solution I found was to install a new lock screen, I tried 3 or 4 which either didn’t work that well or just plain didn’t look good. I settled on Magicloacker. This looks good and may well review it properly in a couple of weeks but the being able to get to the setting easily and customize it is a big plus to the default one. Its easy to use and set up.