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chromium browser for linux is a beta quality software now…

Posted in open source, Review, Screenshots, software, Technology by notoveryet on October 8, 2009

I just upgraded chromium browser on my machine to Chromium 4.0.222.1 (Ubuntu build 28248)“…

and now it supports,

– google chrome themes

– flash without any command line arguments (–enable-plugins)

It’s now comparable to google chrome for windows… except google-talk of course…

so I’m expecting google to announce the chromium browser as a beta software [ forget alpha 😉 ] soon..

???

What are you waiting for…..  fire up your package manager and try it out…

chromium-4.0.222.1

chromium-themes

chromium-youtube

 

UPDATE:

Just found out, it still does not show new java based yahoo mail interface… so it cannot be called beta software yet….

nevertheless, we have now almost perfect flash support and stunning speed…

I think google will declare chromium as beta only after the implementation of some of these known problems and “google voice & video chat” support… 🙂

 

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Video preview in Dragon player…

Posted in Dell Inspiron 1420, Dragon player, Entertainment, KDE, KDE 4.2, kde 4.2 review, KDE4, Laptop, Linux, Screenshots by notoveryet on January 3, 2009

Something which I noticed many days after I installed KDE 4.2 Beta 1 is Video preview in open file dialog of dragon player.

I didn’t know such a feature has been included.

Really coooool…

dragon-player-preview
This is not enabled by defalut.


To enable it..

Go to the setting menu in open-file dialog..

and choose “Show aside preview”.

Thanks to Phonon !!!

here comes THE FOUR POINT TWO…

Posted in Dell Inspiron 1420, KDE, KDE 4.2, kde 4.2 review, KDE4, Linux, Review, Screenshots, Uncategorized by notoveryet on December 6, 2008

This beta 1 of KDE 4.2 released on 26 november.
But I installed Intrepid on 23rd so I didn’t want try this beta really !
when this is the first beta and developers have not performed any code polishing here..

One more thing, my internet connection doesn’t allow me to do experiments…
but when I saw Shayak’s blog…….only 135 MB upgrades…I decided to give it a try..
but I was not going to play with my base installation……….

Wubi came to rescue…

given 5GB for one more intrepid installation inside Bindose partition…
and just given for upgradation after including experimental package sources.

after around two hours, it was ready to restart…..(was needed since kernel was upgraded too)….

What were my expectations from it…it don’t remember now…

But after 5 mins…I must say, I was amazed with the responsiveness, various plasma animations, new goodies, reworked theme…..
It was feeling like a new desktop altogether…Believe me !!!

The developers must be having some magic wand really.

The Qt on my system is 4.4.3, the new Qt (Qt 4.5) is bringing many new performance improvements and some new features.

Let me show you some of the screenshots here….

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Here, I’ll tell you the differences which I found from the kde 4.1 ………..

After relogin, the first changed thing I percieved was the panel…
bluish, cylindrical feel..

System-tray is absolutely clean and sharp…and no more disformation of the items…

the new Icon for the pluggedin devices makes perfact sense now….(first time user also could easily understand what would this icon do)…

I removed guidance-power-manager, since powerdevil service was running…
this is the best part…..powerdevil is just great !!!

Now, plasmoids show the notification (using the plasma itself)…
with veeeeeeeeeryyyyyyyyyyy smooth animation…..
made me say WOWWWWWWW…..

A new calander has been brought, nice….though previous one was also not that bad..

New system information plasmoids are also very useful and sleek…..

The new sliders are absolutely brilliant..thanks to Huynh Huu Long for that….

and the new progression bar…is also superb…..hmmmm…smooth…

these new improvements give you a feeling of depth and 3D in the objects…
and objects look live….

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now the size information of the usb pendrives can be seen by just hovering the pointer on that…
the new kickoff menu has also improved greatly……

I can get more space for icons and information by removing the menu-bar and since I’ve a wide-screen
monitor it is better to keep the toolbar vertically, instead of horizontally….
Not bad, huh????

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some plasmoids, nothing to say here….you know what I’m saying…

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The new thumbnailer has been improved….very fast and smooth thumbnails….
with fantastic shadows with the images…
BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF WORK…..!!!

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I request you guys for one thing, here…
From nowon _never_, I mean NEVER-ever compare KDE with Vista lookwise…
for such comparision we have OS-X for God sake…

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the icon preview…
has been more beautified in recent SVNs…

See the Real-state available in dolphin….

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last plugged-i device message..can be seen by mouse hover on Plugged-in devices icon…

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the power-devil window…

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can get good realstate in konqueror too, by removing the menu bar…

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our beloved Amarok….
and krunner…

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see the new coping notification….
a very good example of the power of plasma technology….(KIO is great)

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the new improved progression bar
see the poor downloading speed..

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here, i enable the composite …

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After these all screenshots….
I would say, 99.99999999999% of changes are welcomed…

But there some points (personal), which I don’t comfortable with….
– The panel style….I strongly believe it’s not the final……
I don’t like Its vistaish look…
– The options in the kde applications (“File”, “Edit”, “View”, … , “Settings”) should be more similar…
for instance, some of the application don’t have “Show menubar” option…or
“Configure shortcuts” and “Configure ” are not placed in similar order in all the applications…
But we have still more than one month to fix them….

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I have totally no idea what KDE 4.3 and KDE 4.x would bring….
by working on this _beta-one_ software I can say….OS-X would start imitating usability and look of KDE for sure…(already using khtml) very soon….

My present KDE4 desktop…

Posted in Dell Inspiron 1420, Intel, KDE, KDE4, Laptop, Linux, Screenshots, Technology by notoveryet on May 16, 2008

Here we go..
this is Kubuntu-KDE4-remix on my Dell 1420 notebook..
In first screenshot you can see the plasma – Desktop shell of KDE4 desktop…
Here you can see some plasmoids,
going clockwise,
Sticky Note, Digital clock, Anolog clock, Coremoid, Device notifier, Picture frame, Twitter and Battery.
Apart from beauty, plasma is quite handy and very resource friendly.

Plasmoids on the Kubuntu-KDE4-hardy desktop

Next screenshot is showing Dolphin (default File manager, replaces Konqueror), Kate (KDE advanced text editor) and Okular (document viewer for KDE4).

Okular-Kate-Dolphin

Here we can see System monitor (showing CPU Load, Physical memory, Load average and Swap memory), Gwenview (Image viewer), The Konqueror (they call it Swiss-knife) and SpeedCrunch (Simple calculator application).

Some-KDE4-applications

In next screenshot, KmPlot (A mathematical function plotter), KGoldrunner (An arcade game) and Dragon player (Default video player for KDE4).

more-KDE4-applications

KDE4 is something, make you forget VISTA and even OSX.
and this is just the beginning.
KDE4 version you are looking at is KDE 4.0.3
In july KDE 4.1 is coming, based on Qt 4.4,
yes, you are right !!!
The goodness of webkit and phonon integration…
I just can’t wait…
By the way,
I’m using Kubuntu-KDE4 as my default OS.
don’t remember when I logged in Vista last time. 😛

so Download the Live disk, try it…
and If it suits (condition is always TRUE), install it…
and one more thing, If you are afraid of partitions there is WUBI to take you out of trouble..
now you can install Linux distributions (atleast buntus’) as normal softwares in windows..
yes, no need to have extra partitions….