how to change desktop wallpaper in kde plasma

As with any self respecting window manager, Plasma (KDE) also give you the ability to set or change wall papers on your desktop. There are several different options when setting wallpaper for your desktop. If you have multiple screens, you can have separate or different configuration for each of your screens or desktops. You can choose to have a static…

kde5: how to restart plasma desktop

kde restart plasma desktop

There are situations when you would want to restart your KDE plasma environment without having to restart the entire system. This maybe because you have compiled a new version of plasma, or your current plasma shell is hanging and is not responding. Whatever the reason might be, you can easily restart your plasma environment if you have access to a…

kde plasma 5: how to add and remove a widget from panel in kde

kde widget list menu

In KDE and Plasma 5, you can have as many panels as you like on your desktop. The panels are usually only useful if it contains some widgets in it. We will see how you can add, delete or modify widgets to your panels. The KDE desktop environment is based on two different types of concepts: Widgets and Containments (or…

how to configure proxy server in linux

mozilla thunderbird proxy server settings

Proxy server is an interface that allows you to connect or use a service (usually a remote resource) that is usually resource intensive. It is also used by large area network to manage network traffic and as a security measure within the network. When configuring a linux system for networking, you will also need to configure your proxy server, ie. if you…

7 things that you will find to be different when using a linux operating system

Count Files in Directory

Unix has been a NOT so popular operating system for end users that has been around almost since the computers were invented. Linux is a variation of Unix that has made some serious inroads as a viable desktop environment, but still is struggling to gain much foothold in the end user market. If you have not used Linux before, then there will be…

kde plasma 5: how to add and remove panels in the desktop

kde remove panel from desktop

If you are using the latest KDE desktop, which is Plasma 5 then you have the ability to add multiple panels to your desktop. The panels in KDE (as with most other desktop environments) have the ability to hold different widgets that allows you interact with the system better and faster. The desktop in KDE is based on two different types…

how to configure proxy server in kde

kde network and proxy server settings in system settings dialog

Depending on the network you are connected to, you may need to configure a proxy server in order for you to connect to the internet. A proxy server is not a part of every network and is not a required component of a network. Large networks, such as corporate networks usually have a proxy server that allows the network traffic…

how to configure mouse speed and acceleration in kde (K desktop env)

mouse speed and acceleration

The mouse or cursor settings are something that is usually set once and forgotten. You don’t usually need to set it again unless something accidentally gets changed or you get a newer mouse or hardware. The right or correct feel for the mouse is obviously very subjective. It is also dependent on the hardware you are using. The exact feel…

how to enable and disable double click mouse options in KDE

System Settings Utility in KDE

If you are primarily a command line user in Linux, then it is possible that you don’t use the mouse a whole lot. If you use a desktop environment such as KDE or Gnome, and use the graphical file managers then you probably use the mouse quite a bit. The common practice is to click on file icons (or file…

how to download, install and use google web fonts in linux

Google Fonts

Google Fonts has several hundreds of open source fonts that are optimized for web use. Even though they are designed to be used in web pages, it can still be used as a desktop font. In order to use any font as a desktop font, you will need to install it on your system. To use any of the fonts from…

how to view, edit, unset and delete an environment variable in linux

Screenshot of printenv command in konsole

On Linux and/or Unix operating systems, an environment or system variable is a name-value pair that is available system wide and is used to share information between applications. These (pre) named objects are usually used as configuration settings that an application can lookup provided it knows the name of the variable or object. In addition to the system-wide variables, a…