Racism is alive and well in Northern Ireland

Images like this remind me that society still has a long way to go in terms of race relations

Racism in Northern Ireland: ‘They called our children monkeys’ | Uk-news | The Guardian

A woman looks at racist graffiti written on the walls of a house recently occupied by two Nigerian men. Photograph: Stephen Barnes/Demotix/Corbis

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:


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.