We’ve Come A Long Way

Pictures like this show that the black race have come through a long, sad and perilous journey from slavery to finally be regarded as a ‘normal’ human being with equal rights and opportunity as the Caucasians.

Throughout the late 19th century, and well into the 1950′s, Africans and in some cases Native Americans, were kept as exhibits in zoos. Far from a relic from an unenlightened past, remnants of such exhibits have continued in Europe as late as the 2000′s. Above photograph is from  Brussels, Belgium in 1958.
Throughout the late 19th century, and well into the 1950′s, Africans and in some cases Native Americans, were kept as exhibits in zoos. Far from a relic from an unenlightened past, remnants of such exhibits have continued in Europe as late as the 2000′s. Above photograph is from Brussels, Belgium in 1958.

For the full story and more depressing images, click on the article headline below

Deep Racism: The Forgotten History Of Human Zoos

Customizing KDE4

I have been a GNOME fan for as long as I can remember. It was Ubuntu/Gnome2 that got me interested in Linux about 5 years ago. My desktop looked like this in those days:

Archlinux/Gnome2

After the Gnome3/Gnome-Shell debacle, I decided to finally part ways with Gnome, using ArchLinux, I had a whole load of choices of DEs/WMs to use. I’ve used Openbox, i3, XFCE and finally KDE4, I have a fairly fast system with good specs so my system would be more than capable of running KDE4.

Without any modification, my KDE system looks like this:

KDE 4.11

I got tired of the ‘dull’ KDE default look and I began tinkering with the interface, after a lot of hits and misses, I finally settled on this look:

KDE 4.12

Things I did/installed to get this look on ArchLinux –

  • moved the default desktop panel from the bottom to the top
  • removed the task manager applet from the panel and added a menu bar applet (installed these packages to get this done – “appmenu-qt” from the main repo and “kdeplasma-applets-menubar” from the AUR)
  • created a new panel and moved it to the left
  • added the “icon-task-manager” applet to the left panel

KDE4 offers a lot(a bit too much in my opinion) of packages as standard. I had to disable “Nepomuk” cos I don’t need it and it unnecessarily hogs my system resources.

Now, I have a very stable KDE4 installation running on ArchLinux and I think KDE4 is going to be running on my system for the foreseeable future.