I finally decided to upgrade my work desktop to Debian Squeeze.
Preparing for the Upgrade
I manually removed all but the official lenny repositories (and removed the Debian Volatile repository which is no longer used), and updated them to “squeeze”: Continue Reading
After my laptop spontaneously switched off on two separate occasions, because I had failed to switch on the mains socket, I decided that something had to be done about the lack of power management in pekwm.
Hunting the ‘net for anything to do with pekwm is a frustrating business. You can’t help thinking that there are only a handful of us that use it. I may post something about why I think pekwm is great, but that is a topic for another day.
As my laptop’s primary desktop environment is KDE, I wanted to use the KDE power management with pekwm, rather than install the Gnome Power Manager, which would bring in a load of Gnome dependencies. If you already have Gnome installed, then I suspect the Gnome Power Manager is for you.
There seem to be three parts to this:
- Getting the power management daemon to run
- Adding a power meter
- Adding the configuration tool to the menu
Whilst these instructions are primarily for pekwm, I am sure that openbox, fluxbox and other *box window managers could use them with a little adjustment.
We have our file associations locked down using KDE Kiosktool, and yet it seems that one of our users has managed to change their file associations, despite them being locked down; which seems to be because the context menu is not locked down, enabling him to take the option to Open With an alternative application and select the checkbox to remember that association in future. The only way around this would seem to be to disable the context sensitive menu, at a significant cost in functionality.
So now this user’s PDFs open in Acrobat Reader on our Windows server, instead of using Acrobat Reader on Linux. That would not in itself cause a problem, except that the Windows server cannot access the location of the temporary location of Kmail attachments. I could probably fix that, but I don’t really want users opening email attachments using Windows applications.
This user cannot access File Associations to fix this problem, as the menu option is removed; so I need to find a way to fix this problem from the command line. Continue Reading
We’ve all had occasions when we have needed to find where all our disk space has gone, well under KDE3.5 it was easy – you just ran Konqueror and then selected View » View Mode » File Size View. But shock horror, under KDE4 that option seemed to be missing. Fortunately it was only an apt-get away:
$ sudo apt-get install konq-plugins
Then run Konqueror and follow instructions above.
This is not just a static either, you can click on any directory and it will refresh for the usage of that directory.
Is it wrong to be in love with a browser?