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Best KDE/Plasma distro of 2016

The end is near. I mean, 2016 has less than a month left on its credit. We should now step back and contemplate. Which distribution merits our highest regard, most excitement, best praise, prolonged use? However,┬ábefore we can declare the final result, we need to do it step by step. First, Plasma. Overall, Year 2016…

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Best KDE/Plasma distro of 2015

The end of the year best-distro nomination is approaching fast. But before that, let’s narrow it down a bit and focus on what KDE and Plasma had to offer the Linux user in 2015. Undoubtedly, it was a very tough year, with some really awesome distributions released in the spring, some rather awful editions coming…

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A Survey of KDE Accessibility

Thanks mainly to Orca, Linux accessibility has always centered on GNOME. During the fourth release series, KDE has started to close the gap, but its efforts have gone largely unnoticed, perhaps because its accessibility tools are scattered across the desktop, and remain works in progress rather than a mature general solution.

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Enliven Videos with Kdenlive

The Kdenlive video editor is simple for beginners, but also powerful enough for those that need to go that extra mile. Distributed under a Free Software license, it is available for GNU/Linux, MacOS X, and as a live DVD for Windows users.

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Krita Brush Basics

Brushes are a central concept in Krita. Unfortunately, Krita’s documentation is incomplete and outdated, so here is a summary of how they work.

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KDE Screen Edges

Screen edges are one of the simple yet powerful options introduced in the KDE fourth release series. Screen Edges refer to hotspots on the edge of the screen, each of which is programmable with one of sixteen options and activated by moving the cursor or a window towards them.

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Loading brushes into Krita

Krita, KDE’s answer to Photoshop and GIMP, comes with over 120 brushes. These brushes imitate media ranging from pens and pencils to water colors and acrylics, and textures from bristly to wet. However, if these are not enough, you can find dozens of additional brushes online, including ones designed for GIMP and some basic ones…

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The Joy of KDE Desktop Layouts

On most desktops, you change the position of the panel, but the rest of the desktop is static. In KDE’s Plasma, however, you can go one step further, and choose a layout in the same way that you choose your themes or icons, or fonts.

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KDE’s tabbed windows

In the first years of the millennium, tabbed web browsing became the norm. Overnight, browsing habits changed. Instead of struggling to manage multiple windows, users could open a dozen or more pages while researching. By contrast, eight years later, KDE’s fourth release series added tabs to all windows on the desktop — instead of just…

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