How To Upgrade To KDE SC 4.6.4 In Kubuntu 11.04

kubuntu_logotype_black On June 10, the fourth maintenance release of the KDE Software compilation was released to the users. Being a maintenance release, KDE SC 4.6.4 does not bring any new features but has a lot of bug fixes from KDE 4.6.3.

What has changed in KDE SC 4.6.4?

Before we get on to the how-to-upgrade part, let us take a look at some of the important changes in KDE SC 4.6.4:

  • Do not allow invalid file names while renaming a file using Dolphin.
  • Better password handling for accessing remote servers using Dolphin.
  • The Folderview Plasmoid works correctly when dragging a file from Ark.
  • The KDE music player JuK has also received a number of bugfixes including better tag editor, better handling of the column width etc.
  • A bug which causes the notification window to slide out of screen instead of creating a new one has been fixed.

For all the bugs fixed in KDE SC 4.6.4, you can take a look at the changelog.

Upgrade To KDE SC 4.6.4

KDE Software Compilation 4.6.4 is now available for Kubuntu users. It is a safe upgrade for anyone using KDE SC 4.6.x and it is recommended that users upgrade their KDE installation to this version.

Right now it is available only for Natty (Kubuntu 11.04) users. So, Natty users can upgrade to KDE SC 4.6.4 by following the steps given below.

Open the Konsole and add the Kubuntu Updates PPA.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/ppa

Then update the software list and upgrade your system.

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade


Amarok 2.4.1 “Resolution” Released For Kubuntu 11.04

Yesterday, the Kubuntu team announced that Amarok 2.4.1, code-named Resolution, is now available for installation in Kubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal”.

Amarok 2.4.1 is the latest stable version of Amarok and was released during the second week of this month. It mainly contain bug fixes from Amarok 2.4. There are a few new features, though:

  • Support for NFS and SMB/CIFS collections has been added.
  • The text alignment in the lyrics applet can now be changed.
  • Integration of services.
  • The album applet supports string filtering.

Yesterday, Amarok 2.4.1 was made available in the Kubuntu Backports PPA. Right now, packages for Amarok 2.4.1 are available only for Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narhwal”. To install it in Ubuntu 11.04, open the Konsole and add the Kubuntu Backports PPA.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

After adding the PPA, update the software list with the command

$ sudo apt-get update

If you already have Amarok installed, upgrade it with,

$ sudo apt-get upgrade

Note: This will upgrade all your packages.

Or, if you do not have Amarok installed or want to upgrade only Amarok, leaving the rest as it is,

$ sudo apt-get install amarok

After the installation, you will find Amarok under Kickoff > Applications > Multimedia > Amarok.

Amarok 2.4.1 can also be installed in Ubuntu 11.04 using the same method as above. However, if you are installing it in Ubuntu, some KDE packages will also be downloaded and installed.

TeamViewer – Best Desktop Sharing App for Linux

Have you ever had to help someone with their computer over the phone or using text chat? It’s not easy. You can’t be sure that they are in the right place, doing what you want them to do. That’s why remote desktop (screen) sharing applications are so great.

These applications are called by a variety of names such as, remote access, remote support, remote desktop, screen sharing, and desktop sharing. The main idea behind them is that they allow one computer to see another computer’s screen over a network or the internet.

My wife and I have many friends and relatives that come to us for PC help and advice. We’ve used a number of desktop sharing apps over the years and discovered that TeamViewer is one of the best, and it’s free!

Since I’ve been spending a lot of time using Linux lately, I was happy to find that TeamViewer is also available for Linux, as well as Windows, Mac and Smartphones. It’s almost as good as being there, because I can control the remote computer as if I were sitting directly in front of it. When I need to, I can change the direction to show my PC’s screen to the other person. It even makes it easy to share files with the person on the other end.

This image below shows how simple it is to set up. (click image to enlarge it)

New Ubuntu Fonts Available For Everyone

The new Ubuntu fonts were actually supposed to be available for public beta on August 8th. However, WebUpd8 reports that it is already available to users who are part of the ~kubuntu-users team in Launchpad – and anyone can join this team. You do not have to be a Kubuntu user to join it.  So, this means that the fonts are available to practically everyone who does not mind going through the few extra steps required to get it.

This is the email to the kubuntu-users mailing list announcing it:

Members of the ~kubuntu-users team on launchpad can now test out the Ubuntu Font which is currently in beta testing. Anyone can join this team.
We are considering setting this as the default screen font in 10.10, opinions welcome but please include a rationale with your opinion, artwork is very easy to criticize but is hard to criticize well.

So, here is what you need to do:

Note: You need to have a Launchpad account to do this.

Or, if you would rather not go through all these, wait for a few days. The fonts will be available for public beta on August 8th, and you can add the PPA through the normal way, without going through all these private PPA stuff.

KDE Software Compilation 4.5 RC 2 Available For Kubuntu 10.04

The second release candidate of KDE Software Compilation 4.5 is now available in the Kubuntu Beta Backports for Kubuntu 10.04.

KDE SC 4.5 RC2 was released three days ago. It features only bug fixes from the RC1. This will be the last release candidate before the final release is made later.

Some new features in KDE SC 4.5 includes:

  • New blur effect in KWin.
  • New Tiling feature in KWin.
  • New notification system.
New Notification With Blur Effect

Unfortunately a complete changelog for KDE SC 4.5 RC2 has not been released. (Maybe they are all busy with Akademy.)

If you are already using the RC1, you will get RC2 through a normal update.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Otherwise, if you are using KDE SC 4.4.x, you have to add the Kubuntu Beta Backports PPA and do a dist-upgrade.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/beta
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Learn About Kubuntu Development Today In Kubuntu Tutorials Day

If you have ever wanted to do more than just use Kubuntu or KDE in general, there is good news for you. Today the Kubuntu Team is  organizing the  Kubuntu Tutorials Day (Maverick). It will be held on the freenode IRC chat network in the #kubuntu-devel channel at 18:00UTC (or 23:30 IST).

The session will start off with Jonathan Riddell explaining the visions, aims and general status about Kubuntu 10.04 Maverick Meerkat. After that, Alan Alpert from Nokia, will teach how to work with Qt Quick and QML. To keep up with him, it is recommended that you install the latest Qt Quick from Rohan Garg will explain how to package and maintain .deb files. There will also be talk from Johan Thelin about how to start coding in Qt and from Ralph Janke on how to track down bugs. In the end, there will be an open question session, where the Kubuntu Team will answers your questions.

So, if you love coding and want to help out, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

You can see the  itinerary  here.

To participate, you will need an IRC client. I  recommend  either XChat or Konversation. You can install them with the command:

sudo apt-get install xchat
sudo apt-get install konversation

Upgrade To KDE SC 4.4.5 In Kubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

KDE SC 4.5 is on its way with the first release candidate having been released a few days back. However, for those who like to stick with stable releases, KDE SC 4.4.5 has just been released. As KDE SC 4.5 will be released very soon, this will be the last update for KDE SC 4.4. Since this is an update, KDE SC 4.4.5 does not have any new features. There are only bug fixes and improvements. You can view the complete changelog here.

For Kubuntu 10.04 users, KDE SC 4.4.5 is already available in the PPA. To upgrade Kubuntu Lucid Lynx to KDE SC 4.4.5, you need to add ppa:kubuntu-ppa/ppa and then upgrade. Here is how to do it:

  • First of all, ensure that the Kubuntu Backport and Kubuntu Beta Backport  are not enabled/present in the Software Sources list. If they are present disable them.
  • Open the Konsole.
  • Add the PPA with the command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/ppa
  • Update the software list with
sudo apt-get update
  • Finally, upgrade to KDE SC 4.4.5 with the command
sudo apt-get upgrade

KDE SC 4.5 RC Available For Kubuntu 10.04

KDE SC 4.5 RC 1 was announced a few days back. Now, the Kubuntu developers have announced that it is available for Kubuntu 10.04 LTS through the Kubuntu Beta PPA. Packages for Maverick are not yet available though.

KDE SC 4.5 RC has a number of improvements including:

  • a new notification system
  • windows tiling through KWin
  • improved interface for KDE Plasma Netbook
  • choice of WebKit over KHTML in Konqueror

To upgrade to KDE SC 4.5 RC, this open the terminal and execute the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/beta
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Remember that this is not a final release. So do not upgrade on a production machine.

Fluffy Linux – For Those Who Like Pink, Bunnies And Unicorn

Pink, Bunnies and Unicorns are what you will most probably find in a little girl’s room and certainly not in a Linux distro. But now there is Fluffy Linux with all the pink-ness (if there is such a word), bunnies, unicorn and, of course, fluffiness you can find. Here is a screenshot to make everything clear:

Like Hannah Montana Linux before it, Fluffy Linux is not exactly a completely new linux distribution. It is actually Kubuntu with a customized theme and apps which are modified to make them look “fluffier” and more pink.

Fluffy Linux came into being at this year’s KDE MM + Edu Sprint. It actually started out as a theme for Parley. This is what Herald Sitter, one of the two people behind Fluffy, has to say about Fluffy:

Fluffy will introduce Linux and the idea of Free/Libre Open Source Software to everyone who enjoys a pink,fluffy and good looking desktop.  Fluffy is not about writing letters or doing one’s taxes,  Fluffy is about enjoying Linux and KDE software in the best way possible. It replaces a boring computer with a world of wonders and imagination, where everything seems to be alive and an amazing graphical experience is waiting around every corner.
A world of unicorns and bunnies and fluffyness.

Fluffy Linux is certainly not for me. What do you think?

You can ge more pictures at Herald’s blog.

Install KOffice 2.2 In (K)Ubuntu 10.04

A few days back, we wrote about the release of KOffice 2.2 and promised that we will tell you as soon as it is available for installation in (K)Ubuntu. Well, the Kubuntu Community has just announced that KOffice 2.2 is available for (K)Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

KOffice 2.2 is currently available in the lucid-backport. To enable the lucid-backport, you have to check the “Unsupported Updates”. Here is how to do it in Ubuntu and Kubuntu:

For Ubuntu 10.04

  • Go to System -> Administration -> Software Sources.
  • In Software Sources, go to the tab Update.
  • Enable Unsupported updates.

For Kubuntu 10.04

  • Press ALT + F2, to bring up the KRunner.
  • Type “software sources“. You will probably get Software Sources even before you have finished typing it. Click on that.
  • Go to the tan Updates and enable Unsupported updates.

After enabling the lucid-backport, open the Terminal, or Konsole in Kubuntu. Then execute the commands given below:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install koffice

Before, we finish here are a few screenshots: