This snippet is reserved for users of the KDE linux desktop. It adds a *service menu* to kde applications such as dolphin and konqueror, to launch an ipython dashboard in a directory in one click. More specifically, save the text of this snippet as a file `~/.kde/share/kde4/services/ServiceMenus/opennotebook.desktop` (create the directory if necessary). Make sure ipython is installed. You may prefer an install via `sudo pip install ipython` over your distribution's ipython-notebook package (I experienced issues with ipython older than 1.1.0). Then open dolphin and right-click a directory. In the Actions submenu, there should be an entry `Start Notebook`. Upon clicking …

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On my computer, I have Ubuntu 11.1 and Kubuntu 11.1 installed as dual-boot. When I started, I specified completely separate partitions for both of them, but I now realize I want them to share the same home folder, i.e. the same desktop (I keep everything on my desktop). Any way to do that now, such as any software or any sort of reinstall? (P.S. - My Ubuntu partition is completely set up but I will be fine deleting and reinstalling Kubuntu).

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I will never again refer to the Linux Desktop in any of my writings beyond this post. From now on, it's the Linux User Interface, which encompasses the likes of [URL="http://www.gnome.org"]GNOME[/URL], [URL="http://www.kde.org"]KDE[/URL], [URL="http://www.lxde.org"]LXDE[/URL], [URL="http://www.xfce.org"]XFCE[/URL], CLI and others. These Linux User Interfaces may be used on any Linux-enabled device. These interfaces are not limited to a single type of machine designated as a 'desktop' and I'll not diminish the importance of them by mentioning them in that realm again. Since the dream of a world blessed with desktop computers running Linux [I]is[/I] a dream (and a far-fetched one at that), I'll …

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As a current [URL="http://www.gnome.org"]GNOME[/URL] user and former [URL="http://www.kde.org"]KDE[/URL] user, I'd like to know when we can expect some new innovations from either of these desktop environments? I know KDE came out with KDE 4.x just over two years ago but it seems that its popularity has fallen away in favor of GNOME. GNOME only releases new version twice a year and so far they've all generated more yawns than a Ben Affleck movie for me. I like GNOME and have used it exclusively on every Linux distribution that I work with for a few years. The fact that it's installed …

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Nothing gets people in the Linux World riled up like comparing distributions, desktops or editors. But for the new Linux user, the whole thing is a bit confusing. What do we tell [I]them[/I]? Do we verbally slug it out in forums or do we offer gentle guidance to those entering the Linux jungle for the first time? It's hard not to offer an opinion in such emotional matters. One might believe that Linux, choice of desktop and editors are religious notions instead of technical ones. I offer the following gentle guidelines for the newbie who dares enter our sacred space. …

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The highly-anticipated release of Fedora 9 is here! It has the new KDE4 desktop that I [URL="http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reviews/6464/"]reviewed[/URL] on LinuxPlanet which makes some big improvements in user experience and speed. It also includes the hot new [URL="http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reviews/6467/"]FireFox 3[/URL] web browser with some new security features that are sure to impress even the most jaded surfer. Fedora 9 also gives you the options of the new ext4 filesystem, encrypted filesystems, partition resizing, and Xen virtualization enhancements. The ext4 filesystem is a higher-performance, high capacity filesystem based on the ext3 filesystem. Anaconda, the Fedora installer program, allows you to resize ext2/ext3, and NT …

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The Fedora project team on Tuesday posted a [URL="http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease"] preview edition of Fedora 9[/URL], its final stage of development during which users and contributors can provide feedback about bugs missed during beta testing. The latest Fedora distro is based on kernel 2.6.25; more on that later. General release is set for mid-May. Fedora 9 went to beta (and feature freeze) last month, with stable integration of GNOME 2.22. This update to GNU’s desktop replaces GNOME VFS with the faster and more feature-rich GFVS and GIO. According to the [URL="http://fedoraproject.org/f9-beta-relnotes"] beta release notes[/URL], GFVS vastly improves performance and can queue multiple …

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Things are not looking good for KDE, following the news that KDE will not be getting long term support (LTS) whereas GNOME will according to Canonical. The Hardy Heron will be assured of LTS status it seems, making Ubuntu 8.04 the second version of this Linux distro to get the Canonical commercial blessing. The decision would appear to be a simple commercial one, after all GNOME is far and away the most popular when it comes to downloads. Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical CEO, reckons it accounts for around 65% of all Ubuntu downloads. So where does this leave the other 35% …

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The End.