Category: Kubuntu

Kubuntu impressions

By , April 9, 2008 11:40 am

Writing this on the Linux machine running on the Kubuntu LiveCD with KDE 4 beta and so far I am impressed. It found all the bits and bobs and booted right up. Doesn’t have Firefox so went into Konqueror and then to Gmail and it loaded right in which I have had trouble with in the past (though haven’t tried recently). Opened a new tab and went to (here) and everything looks just fine.

Plugged the Belkin Wifi adapter into the USB and it came right up. Didn’t connect but still found it with no trouble which PCLOS refuses to do for some reason. Unplugged the ethernet and clicked on the network icon in the toolbar at the bottom right of the screen (after not being able to find any network stuff in the start menu) and it brought up a window with tabs that allowed me to select the wirless and it connected right off with a good 54 mbps connection. reconnected the ethernet and disconnected the wireless and it switched right back over. Good enough! 😎

Lots of my usual apps missing but that looks like only a install away. Gonna get another machine from the Yard Sale Trailer and install it to the hard drive and give it a try. Looks like they have gotten the things that used to bug me worked out with this upcoming release.

Kubuntu local network browsing

By , October 3, 2006 9:32 pm

If after installing Kubuntu you are having a problem getting to the local network (Samba Shares) then follow the bouncing iBook (not really but several times I felt like it). πŸ˜‰
Mouse over the bar with the Home Files and Personal Folder (Kicker Panel) and such in it, Right Click over an unused space and in the menu that is presented go up to Add Applet to panel. Once the window comes up, scroll down and highlite Network Folders and click on Add to Panel.  It should put an icon with a globe with a network line at the bottem somewhere in the Kicker Panel.  Once you find it click on it and if you already have the Samba Shares default name and password set, you should be able to see and access your local network.

Oh the hours and hair that this little nothing has cost me!  So simple and yet so stupid to not include it in a default configuration.

On the iBook, wireless and able to access stuff off the other machines on the local network.  Now if only Skype would make a version for linux on the ppc. πŸ™

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