Review of freshly installed Fedora 29 KDE Plasma Desktop (KDE GUI)

After the tutorial of Install Fedora 29 KDE Plasma Desktop this tutorial is mainly to see what to expect from a freshly installed Fedora 29 KDE Plasma Desktop – the look and feel of the new KDE GUI (version 5.13.5 of KDE Plasma).
Here you can find how to Install Fedora 29 KDE Plasma Desktop. Here it worth mentioning the included versions of KDE software for Fedora 29:
The Fedora 29 KDE Plasma Desktop comes with

  • KDE Plasma version: 5.13.5
  • KDE Frameworks version: 5.50.0
  • QT version: 5.11.1

The idea of this tutorial is just to see what to expect from Fedora 29 KDE Plasma – the look and feel of the GUI, the default installed programs and their look and how to do some basic steps with them, it is included also screenshots of the KDE settings program. Here you’ll find more than 140 screenshots and not so many text we do not want to turn this review of many text and version information and 3 meaningless screenshot, which you cannot see anything for the user interface, which these days is the primary goal of a Desktop system. You can expect more of this kind reviews in the future…

SCREENSHOT 1) Grub2 – Fedora 29 is selected by default.

The other Operating systems are Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

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Grub2 – Fedora 29 selected

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Install Fedora 29 KDE Plasma Desktop (KDE GUI)

This tutorial will show you the simple steps of installing a modern Linux Distribution Fedora 29 KDE Plasma Desktop with KDE for the user graphical interface. First we present the basic steps for installing the Operating system in addition to your present operating systems (here we have two: Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16) and then you can see some screenshots of the installed system and the look and feel of it. We have another tutorials showing more screenshots of the installed and working Fedora 29 (Gnome and KDE plasma) – so you can decide which of them to try first – coming soon.

The Fedora 29 KDE Plasma Desktop comes with

  • Xorg X server – 1.20.1
  • linux kernel – 4.18.16
  • KDE Plasma version: 5.13.5
  • KDE Frameworks version: 5.50.0
  • QT version: 5.11.1

The installation process is very similar to the old Install Fedora 27 KDE Plasma Desktop. Our system was pretty new – Asus X399 with AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and NVIDIA 1080 TI and the setup loaded successfully and there were no problems till the end.

We used the following ISO for the installation process:

https://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/29/Spins/x86_64/iso/Fedora-KDE-Live-x86_64-29-1.2.iso

It is a LIVE image so you can try it before installing. The easiest way is just to download the image and burn it to a DVD disk and then follow the installation below:

SCREENSHOT 1) Here is our “UEFI BIOS->Boot->Boot Override” and in most modern motherboard you can choose to override the default boot devices.

Choose the “UEFI: HL-DT-STDVDRAM…” to boot and install Fedora KDE 29 with UEFI support. You should do this, because most of the new hardware like video cards would not work properly without beeing in UEFI mode.

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Boot from DVD/USB Installation

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Gentoo update tips when updating packages with blocks and masked files

It’s not so rear to have

blocks or masked files

when using Gentoo emerge system, but it is not complex and in most cases it is easy to resolve

To summarize it up at the beginning and then we are going to show you other articles using these advises here where you’ll see what are the steps we took to resolve the conflicts and masked packages:

  • Use verbose,verbose-conflicts and backtrack with emerge
  • Remove only big GUI packages, which have really big dependency graph like office suites or development IDEs
  • Remove obsolete packages – you do not need them, they can just make problems when updating, because emerge will take into consideration their requirements and dependencies and your update could be impossible!
  • Do not update everything with one line, you could update only the base libraries like QT, which are very important for the Linux GUI in general
  • Include explicitly packages, which block our updates in the emerge line! You could specify packages with the versions.
  • use tools like “equery” (part of app-portage/gentoolkit) for checking dependencies and/or which packages depend on the queried package. You can use it with specific version for the package. “qlist” (part of app-portage/portage-utils) also is a handful tool.
  • Sometimes when updating a group or a package with big dependency graph it is much easier to drop the -“u” update argument and to rebuild some packages with the updates.
  • In rear cases you can use “–nodeps” when updating or installing a new package (we do not need and show this one here!)
  • Do NOT rebuild the entire system with “emerge -v world” every time when you rebuild glibc, gcc, it is not mandatory to do it to have a healthy system.
  • Add or remove USE flags if needed – emerge will show you information about it. Use package.use, package.mask, package.unmask and so on.
  • use qlist to update/re(build) to pull currently installed packages with some name or category (categories)
    emerge -v $(qlist -IC|grep <NAME>)
    

    and for update just add “u” to “-v”:

    emerge -vu $(qlist -IC|grep <NAME>)
    

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Gentoo updating KDE – package blocks

In continuing our tips for updating big or multiple packages in Gentoo this time we show how to update KDE Platform, Plasma and Apps packages. In Gentoo KDE Desktop GUI is split into three major categories:

  1. kde-frameworks
  2. kde-plasma
  3. kde-apps

How we managed to update in our current situation:

  1. Sometimes when updating a group or a package with big dependency graph it is much easier to drop the -“u” update argument and to rebuild some packages with the updates.
  2. use qlist to update/re(build) to pull currently installed packages with some name or category (categories)
  3. Remove obsolete packages – you do not need them, they can just make problems when updating, because emerge will take into consideration their requirements and dependencies and your update could be impossible!

More on the subject of update tips here: Gentoo update tips when updating packages with blocks and masked files
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Gentoo – update dev-libs/icu on a desktop box with KDE GUI and many masked packages

No, we are not going to answer why someone will use Gentoo for Desktop, but well such human beings still exist and we have one piece of snippet the updating old dev-libs/icu packet, because KDE Platform and new version of Chromium depend on a new version >=dev-libs/icu-59.
The main reason to include this update here is show how to deal with the dependency hell in Gentoo – multiple blocked packages and some old and deprecated packages, but still installed.

To summarize it up at the beginning how we did it

and then you’ll see what are the steps we took to resolve the conflicts and masked packages:

  • Use verbose,verbose-conflicts and backtrack with emerge
  • Remove only big GUI packages, which have really big dependency graph like office suites or development IDEs
  • Remove obsolete packages – you do not need them, they can just make problems when updating, because emerge will take into consideration their requirements and dependencies and your update could be impossible!
  • Include explicitly packages, which block our updates in the emerge line!
  • use tools like “equery” (part of app-portage/gentoolkit) for checking dependencies and/or which packages depend on the queried package. You can use it with specific version for the package. “qlist” (part of app-portage/portage-utils) also is a handful tool.
  • Sometimes when updating a group or a package with big dependency graph it is much easier to drop the -“u” update argument and to rebuild some packages with the updates.

More on the subject of update tips here: Gentoo update tips when updating packages with blocks and masked files
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Review of freshly installed Fedora 27 KDE Plasma Desktop

After the tutorial of Install Fedora 27 KDE Plasma Desktop this tutorial is mainly to see what to expect from a freshly installed Fedora 27 KDE Plasma Desktop – the look and feel of the new KDE GUI (version 5.12 of KDE Plasma).
The idea of this tutorial is just to see what to expect from Fedora 27 KDE Plasmathe look and feel of the GUI, the default installed programs and their look and how to do some basic steps with them, it is included also screenshots of the KDE settings program. Here you’ll find more than 160 screenshots and not so many text we do not want to turn this review of many text and version information and 3 meaningless screenshot, which you cannot see anything for the user interface, which these days is the primary goal of a Desktop system. You can expect more of this kind reviews in the future…

SCREENSHOT 1) Select and boot Fedora 27 KDE Plasma Desktop from our installed operating systems in grub menu

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Fedora 27 KDE Plasma Desktop in the grub menu

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Install Fedora 27 KDE Plasma Desktop

This tutorial will show you the simple steps of installing a modern Linux Distribution like Fedora 27 KDE Plasma Desktop for the user graphical interface. First we present the basic steps for installing the Operating system in addition to your present operating systems (here we have two: Windows 10 and Ubuntu 17) and then you can see some screenshots of the installed system and the look and feel of it. We have another tutorials showing more screenshots of the installed and working Fedora 27 KDE Plasma Desktop (Gnome and KDE plasma) – so you can decide which of them to try first – coming soon.
All of the installation setups are very similar for all GUIs of Fedora 27 it loads a live edition of the version of Fedora 27 you install and then the setup is launched by the user, the setup almost identical in all edition, but we do not want to give you a tutorials with “spaghetti” and unstructured flow of steps to follow.

We used the following ISO for the installation process:

https://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/27/Spins/x86_64/iso/Fedora-KDE-Live-x86_64-27-1.6.iso

It is a LIVE image so you can try it before installing. The easiest way is just to download the image and burn it to a DVD disk and then follow the installation below:

The first 3 steps show how to enable the DVD-ROM to be first bootable device. If you’ve done it you can skip these steps.

STEP 1) Select your DVD-ROM device to boot (or USB device the installation stick) UEFI: DVD to install Fedora 27 KDE Plasma Desktop

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Select DVD-ROM to boot from it in your BIOS
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