Now that KDE SC 4.5 is out, I went ahead and upgraded my Mandriva Linux Spring 2010 from KDE SC 4.4 to KDE SC 4.5. Though the process is pretty simple, here is a simple step by step guide to upgrade to KDE SC 4.5. Please note that there may be other ways, but these steps use just the GUI. No command line involved here. So here we go
Step 1: Selecting the mirror
- Head here and select a mirror.
- Select the one closest to your location.
- Copy the URL of the mirror
Step 2: Add Media
- Open the Mandriva Control Center by clicking “Configure Your Computer” from the menu.
- Provide the root password when prompted
- Click “Configure media sources for install and update“
- Select File > Add a custom medium
- Enter the details in the “Add a medium” dialog and click Ok.
Add a Medium
- Close the “Configure Media” window by clicking Ok again.
Step 3: Updating your system
- In the MCC, click “Update your system“
- Updates from the newly added repository will appear.
- Apply the updates
Step 4: Login to KDE SC 4.5
After the updates have been downloaded and installed, logout and log back in
There are two things that I have never changed in my Mandriva installation. They are the GTK theme and the Metacity window decoration. Mandriva’s default GTK theme, in my opinion, is one of the best default themes on a Linux desktop. Recently, I wanted to test how some of the dark themes measured against it. I would like to mention that I have a strong dislike for darker themes and this is one of the reasons I want to use it and see if I can come out good after a week or so. So, I embarked upon an experiment to use a top dark GTK theme and see how things work out after a period of a week or two.
I downloaded the Shiki-Colors GTK and Metacity themes and installed them. Shiki colors is one of the top themes on gnome-look.org. I already use the GNOME-Colors icon theme which is one of the best icon themes around. After all the setup, my desktop looked something like this.
As far as the experience was concerned, I breezed through Day 1 – the day I changed everything. However, on Day 2, as my laptop booted, I was a bit surprised first and then realized I had changed everything the previous day. Guess I have not got used to the dark theme yet . Let me see how it turns out at the end of the week
I would like to have all my chat accounts logged in from one place. If you are like me and would like to have Facebook chat support to Pidgin on Mandriva 2009.1, here are the steps.
1. Download the facebook chat plugin for Mandriva from here. Select the correct platform.
2. Install the plugin (normally by double clicking on it and choosing Install in the box that pops up). Enter root password if prompted
3. Start Pidgin
4. Go to Accounts > Manage Accounts > Add
5. A new Facebook entry would be available under the Protocol list.
Facebook support for Pidgin
My Mandriva One 2009 GNOME system gave out a rather annoying beep from the PC speaker whenever I clicked on Shut Down or Restart. The same behaviour was seen noticed when I press Backspace continuously in the Terminal while there was nothing to delete. Today I found out a solution for these problems.
Step 1: Disable alerts from Sound preferences dialog
Sound Preferences Dialog
1.1 Go to System > Preferences > Sound
1.2 Click on Sounds tab.
1.3 Uncheck both boxes titled “Play sound effects when buttons are clicked” and “Play alert sound“. After this, the dialog box would look something like this.
Step 2: Blacklist the PC Speaker
2.1 Open Terminal: Applications > Tools > Terminal
2.2 Login as root by typing “su -” and press enter. We add a “-” because we are going to launch a GUI app from the terminal.
2.3 Type the password and press enter
2.4 Type gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-compat and press enter. gedit would open the file
2.5 Go to the end of the file and add the following lines and save it.
# PC Speaker
The first line is a comment. Add whatever is appropriate so that it reminds why that entry has been made.
2.6 Reboot – The beep would be heard this time but would not be heard once the system restarts.
If there is a simpler way to do this, without fiddling with the config files, please leave a comment