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Fresh out of the limbo repository and up for testing is the latest and greatest Razor-qt 5.0! So the cool thing would be to do is install it via entropy(the default package manager in Sabayon), try it out and take some screenshots. In my case here I loaded up the Sabayon Forensics edition and running it live off the usb stick. So I simply fired up the Rigo GUI package manager for entropy and went into manage repositories and added the limbo repo. I than let it update the repositories, closed out Rigo and fired up the command line and issued the command equo install razorqt-meta and in a very short time I had it installed.
Now since Sabayon Forensics is XFCE I needed a window manager so I decided to go with compiz and emerald. This can be simply done by issuing the command equo install x11-wm/compiz-fusion x11-wm/compiz x11-plugins/compiz-plugins-main x11-plugins/compiz-plugins-extra x11-wm/emerald x11-themes/emerald-themes x11-apps/fusion-icon and we are almost set. The last bit you need to do is add fusion-icon and emerald – -replace to the start up session of razorqt. So in my case once I logged into razorqt I had no window borders so I fired up the terminal and issued fusion-icon& and than emerald – -replace& than I was able to use the desktop as normal and add them to the start up session. Oh yea, you need to fire up the compiz manager and enable the window decorations and you can fire that up with command ccsm or find it in the razorqt configuration center.
So there we have and idea of what razor-qt 5 can look like on your favorite Sabayon system. So now I am starting to have a tough time deciding which desktop environment I want to go with. Between XFCE, MATE and Razor-qt, it’s a tough choice. I’m just glad we have these choices so we are not locked or forced into using a nonsense one. I love the simplicity razor-qt offers along with simply interfaces full of options to customize. Everything is just a fingertip away without having to hunt it down. It’s fun implementing it with compiz to get that eye candy a flowing.
***Note for using limbo repository – Do Not Use limbo and weekly repositories together, instead use limbo with Sabayon (main). I been seeing that discussion popping up here and there lately.
Gentoo rolled out the beta on April 1st and so I decided I would give the livedvd a whirl and see what they have done and include some screen shots. It came with a load of desktops like xfce, gnome, enlightenment, kde, and afterstep to just to name a few. I couldn’t get the E-Gnome to work and enlightenment was only e16 still, which is just god awful compared to e17. They kept everything minimal and ugly. The desktops are all bare bone, no fancy themes or colors, not even a Gentoo logo for wallpaper. No nvidia drivers so I was stuck running the wrong resolution for my 1440×900 screen. You don’t even get flash or java either, which makes web browsing a real downer. It was smooth and very responsive for a livedvd tho. Things opened up very quickly and things seemed really stable. It has version KDE 3.5.8 and Gnome 2.20.0, so obviously stable branch. It was weird to see those version after running ~arch for so long. Anyway, for beta1, it’s got great potential. You can download and give it a test drive also. I had the livedvd downloaded in a couple hours with bittorrent.
Finally getting around to posting KDE 4.0.3 screenshots. I am surprised at how fast 4.0.3 hit portage. You can visit the changelog to see what has changed. I’m not noticing much difference in stability, but haven’t used it a lot yet either. I noticed the taskbar was kinda flaking out and amarok would mess up playing mp3s at random. I decided to go ahead and build the latest svn compiz-fusion with the kde4 USE flag to enable it. Some of the effects you see are from compiz-fusion being enabled.
I actually got KDE 4.0.2 compiled a couple days of go and I had to jump to something else before I could get screen shots posted. The pictures below is Sabayon 3.5 Loop1 that is world updated with KDE 4.0.2. It does bring stability and one can now have control over the task bar. I noticed if I put it on the tiny setting part of the task bar showed at the top of my screen and cause the kicker to act really weird. I found setting the task bar on small helped that, so it looks like it still needs work done on it. I’m still getting a KDE crash handler on logout, it goes by so fast I can’t even see what is crashing. I tried mixing up the screen shots with various things. Like you can see how superkaramba uses the internet to get new widgets. You can see how changing the wallpaper allows installing new wallpaper directly from kde-look.org. I also included a shot of the configuring of effects that you can apply to windows. One of the effects you can see is the transparency of dragging a window around on the desktop. I still wouldn’t want to use it as my main desktop manager, but it’s improving. More and more 4.1 code will continue to get built into the next releases too. I would imagine that Entropy will be getting 4.0.2 as soon as lxnay gets time. Look for Loop2 soon! Do keep in mind that KDE4 will not be in Sabayon Linux till final version, but Entropy or Portage will always have the ability to install it.
Alright, we all know that Sabayon Linux is KDE eccentric, but it doesn’t mean we can’t make the gnome side look better. I know some have liked my dark themes that I have posted on the forum as screenshots and have asked for dark themes, so I’ve been slowly working on a nice dark look. There is just so much artwork out there done by many talented people and sifting through it all takes time. I’m not a fan of the 3.5 Red colors, actually burns my eyes. I like Red, but not in over-usage like that. I like to keep with dark neutral colors for as much time as I stare into the screen I don’t need my eyeballs on fire. Below is what I would like to see as a default gnome install.
I read today that KDE 4.0.2 is out so it won’t be long before portage updates the ebuilds and entropy gets new packages. I was doing some screenshots of sabayon linux 3.5 loop 1 so I thought I would share a couple of KDE 4.0.1 running on Sabayon Linux 3.5 Loop1:
4.0.1 brought some stability to 4.0.0 and I hope 4.0.2 will bring even more. At least in 4.0.2 a person is going to have more options with that ugly huge taskbar. I do believe once KDE 4 is final it will make a lot of people happy, but don’t expect that any time soon. It looks like it will be fall before I would expect the final release of KDE 4. I do not use the present KDE4 as a daily desktop, it’s just too flaky. I don’t see myself changing from gnome once the final KDE is out either. I’m not huge into all this eye candy stuff, but I will have it installed along side my gnome. There are just some applications I prefer in KDE.
The easiest way to install KDE4 is to add the KDE overlay and use autounmask to unmask all the packages and emerge it. If you want to use entropy you can follow these directions. Do note with entropy directions, you will need to change it a bit, change the version number 4.0.0 to the version you want.
godane has posted on the Arch Linux forum of an Arch Linux livecd that he has been working on. He has a SourceForge page with information that you can check out and download the latest iso file. I figured I would give it a whirl and see what it was all about. I have to say, it’s fast, lean and runs the XFCE desktop, which is a highly customizable desktop that is light weight. It’s a great alternative to KDE or Gnome.
It’s a work in progress and it’s doing very well. It’s lightening fast on my AMD X2 5600+. Sound, networking and video all working out of the box. I had a little problem with the dell desktop, but all I had to do was edit the xorg.conf file and restart X and it was good. I just had to comment out the modelines to get correct resolution. The download is just a little over 400mbs so it don’t take long to get this one up and running. Keep in mind this project is beta and is well worth keeping an eye on.