Google Chrome to Get KDE File Dialog Support

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This news should make KDE users happy. One of the issues with using any non-KDE apps with KDE is that you often get stuck with a GTK file dialog. In my opinion, the GTK file picker just does not measure up to the KDE one. A while back, someone added support for Mozilla Firefox, but Google Chrome / Chromium users still had to endure the GTK dialog.

Well, soon, the agony will be over, at least, it would seem so. According to a bug report on the Chromium website, the developers just added KDialog support a week ago. It will, of course, take time to make its way into a stable release, but the news is promising, nonetheless.

Ideally, we would have full KDE integration (i.e. Qt-based Chromium), but that will probably never happen. Some time ago, Nokia was working on a Qt Firefox, but that obviously never fully materialized. A better solution would probably be for someone to develop a new browser that uses Chrome’s version of Webkit and its V8 Javascript engine. Adding support for Chrome extensions would be nice too. OK, now I am just getting greedy. To the developers who added the KDialog support: thanks!

3 Ways to Stream Media to Your Xbox 360 or PS3

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Streaming media has quickly become a significant component of entertainment in many people’s lives. For evidence of that, look no further than the statistics indicating that Netflix accounts for as much as 30 percent of all Internet traffic during peak hours. Streaming from the Internet, however, is only one way to get content to your media devices.

PlayStation 3 controller


Connect to Your Network with a Wireless Bridge

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A my house, we have a bunch of devices connected to the network: three laptops, the kids’ computer, two desktops, a Blu-ray player, an Xbox 360, and a Nintendo Wii. Some of these devices, like the gaming consoles and laptops, have built-in Wi-Fi. The desktops, however, do not. The only device wired to the network is the Blu-ray player because it is right next to the router and cable modem. Everything else is in a different part of the house.

Router network ethernet cable


Review: KDE 4.7 Plasma Workspaces, Applications, and Platform

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The KDE software compilation is a complete desktop experience that runs on top of Unix-like operating systems, including Linux distributions. KDE consists of Plasma Workspaces (the desktop environment), KDE Applications, and KDE Platform. Version 4.7.0 of KDE introduces some new features, more stability, and a glimpse of some future innovations. This week, I installed KDE 4.7 and decided to share my first impressions and overall verdict on this latest iteration.

KDE 4.7 Plasma workspace


7 Ways to Launch Programs in KDE

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One of the most basic and important things you will ever do with your computer is launch programs. Typically, operating systems have one or two methods for achieving this, such as opening a menu (Windows) or folder (Mac OS X), or by clicking an icon on your panel, dock, or desktop.

KDE lineart logo

KDE is a desktop environment that runs on Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. Linux is a versatile OS that runs on servers, such as those offered by server host, desktops, laptops, netbooks, mobile phones, and other devices. With KDE there are several ways to launch programs, and we will highlight seven of those in this article.


Apps to Do Everything Social in Linux

posted in: Linux, Social Media | 5

Social media has permeated nearly every aspect of the web, and people are more social than ever without seeing their contacts face-to-face. To keep up with this social activity, many people have several devices, including computers, mobile phones, and even gaming consoles. If you happen to have a computer running Linux, there is no reason to be left out of the social loop. Linux has a number of social tools to help you stay connected.

Choqok Twitter app in KDE


How to Sync Your LibreOffice Files with Google Docs

posted in: Free Software, Linux, Technology | 15

If you are like me, you have a love/hate relationship with Google Docs. You love that you can access your documents from anywhere and love that it auto-saves and is easy to use. You might hate, however, how it sometimes disconnects in the middle of the sentence you are typing or how you have to run it inside a browser tab or window, sometimes getting it mixed up with your websites and accidentally closing the window.

LibreOffice Splash screen



Linux and the Dual Monitor Dilemma

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My old desktop from 2009
My old dual-screen desktop from 2009

This has been an ongoing issue for me.  Not all Linux desktop environments respond the same to dual monitor hardware configurations, and not all of them function well when it involves a laptop.

For years I have favored KDE’s desktop workspace, partially because of its superior set of options for dual monitors.  You can set the primary monitor, tell KDE to follow the mouse when starting an app so that it opens on the right screen, and even configure separate desktops and widgets for each screen.


Has Boxee Abandoned Its Linux, Mac, and Windows Users?

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Boxee logoBoxee is an open source media center software alternative to many of the heavily commercialized, codec-light set-top boxes on the market.  In its early stages, Boxee was only available for PC (Windows and Linx) and Mac users.  Apple TV users could also convert their boxes into something useful.  Boxee can play just about any video you download or create, as well as a large collection of online streaming content from Netflix, VUDU, and several TV networks.


What the Microsoft-Skype Deal Means for Linux Users

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As news of Microsoft’s $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype begins to surface, I cannot help but ask the question.  What does this mean for Linux users of Skype?  In the past, Microsoft has gone out of its way to make sure its software was not compatible with Linux, and Steve Ballmer has thrown his fair share of insults at free and open source software in general.  Does this mean Linux support for Skype will soon end?

Steve Ballmer