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KDE neon is my preferred operating system. Not so much a distro as it is the latest stable KDE on...

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These are some of the projects I have worked on in both a solo and team capacity. In some I...

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  • Buy a Linux Laptop Buy a Linux Laptop
    After my problems with buying a laptop off Dell and my research into buying a laptop in Europe I thought I should create a list of Linux laptop vendors for other people. It isn't going to be complete but add any others you find in the comments and hopefully we can build up a more worldwide list. Europe EntrowareEvi StoreIventiveIX SoftJuno ComputersLinux ComputersLinux ShopMinistry of FreedomNovacustomObsidionOrdi SolidairePC LinuxPcubuntooPcubuntuPCWReciclanetSlimbookStar LabsStation XTechno EthicalTuxedo ComputersVikings North Ameri...

  • Updating KDE Neon Updating KDE Neon
    Although KDE neon is based on Ubuntu 18.04 it doesn't recommend using the same method to update. In Ubuntu you generally use some form of the application apt. Either in a GUI with the software installer or on a terminal emulator with a command such as, sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade These commands work in Neon but you will find after a while that there will be packages not being updated with lines like, "Dependencies are not satisfied for..." and then the package name. What is happening is one of the differences between Neon...

  • Free VPN with OpenVPN, KDE Neon and ProtonVPN setup Free VPN with OpenVPN, KDE Neon and ProtonVPN setup
    To do this you are going to need a Protonmail or ProtonVPN account (the accounts are bridged so having one is having the other) and KDE neon installed. I am using 18.04 but it should work on any Debian based KDE distribution. RPM based distros will require changing a couple of commands but I will leave that up to you. Firstly install openVPN resolvconf and network-manager-openvpn on KDE neon. sudo apt install openvpn resolvconf network-manager-openvpn Then go to your account at ProtonVPN and log in. You are going to need three things...

  • Install Nextcloud Client on KDE neon Install Nextcloud Client on KDE neon
    Nextcloud is a personal cloud storage solution which allows you to be in charge of you data unlike Google and others. The Nextcloud Client is the program installed on your computer that allows you to sync a folder and Nextcloud. This allows you to be able to add to or obtain the files in that folder from your desktop, phone or web browser. You need a working Nextcloud installation for this to be useful. If you are unable to set one up for whatever reason then maybe try Mega. It is easier but you don't have as many options or as much control...

  • KDE neon - Making my perfect desktop KDE neon – Making my perfect desktop
    For starters, I am going to skip the installation of KDE neon. It's easy, you just follow the instructions and select install updates and third party drivers. This will concentrate on what I do after first login and what I install, both as a record for myself and out of possible interest to others. Install updates sudo pkcon update You could use apt if you wanted but there is some alternate advice for KDE neon when doing updates. Remove Snapd This is a pet peeve of mine. I am sure loads of people love snapd but I don't. If I hav...

  • Backup KDE neon with Kup Backup KDE neon with Kup
    Kup is a backup scheduler for KDE neon that uses rsync or bup depending on whether you want to do incremental backups or a synchronised backup. Primarily it is used to backup to USB (It will recognise when the USB drive is attached) but it can also be used to backup to an smb share with a few tricks. To install Kup backup on KDE neon open Konsole and type, sudo apt install kup-backup Then press enter, authenticate with your password, and answer any questions asked of you. After installation Kup can be found in the Application Menu und...

  • Create, share, communicate, chat and call securely with Riot Create, share, communicate, chat and call securely with Riot
    Riot is an open, private and secure messenger application built with Matrix that allows you to chat, exchange files, make voice or video calls and conference. It also allows you to bridge other networks as well so you can use the Matrix ecosystems to talk in an IRC room as well. To install Riot messenger on KDE neon open Konsole and type, sudo sh -c "echo 'deb https://packages.riot.im/debian/ bionic main' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/matrix-riot-im.list" curl -L https://packages.riot.im/debian/repo-key.asc | sudo apt-key add - sudo...

  • Transmission Transmission
    Transmission is a very popular BitTorrent client that works well in KDE neon. It also has a remote client called transgui if you are running Transmission on a server or NAS in your network. It is very good for downloading large files such as Linux distributions or scheduling them to download at times the Internet connection is not being used. Transmission can be installed by opening up Konsole and entering, sudo apt install transmission It can then be found under the Applications Menu at Applications/Internet/Transmission or you can j...

  • Protonmail or Tutanota on your Desktop with ElectronMail Protonmail or Tutanota on your Desktop with ElectronMail
    If you have a free account with Protonmail there aren't many options to use Protonmail on your Desktop. To do so you need to use the Protonmail Bridge which is only available for paid users. ElectronMail solves that problem (As well as for Tutanota). To install Electron-Mail on KDE neon, go to the ElectronMail releases page and scroll down to version 3.2 which appears to be the latest prepackaged release for KDE neon. Download the package and install it by either opening it straight away with Discover or selecting it and Discover will open...

  • Web development on KDE neon with XAMPP Web development on KDE neon with XAMPP
    XAMPP is an easy to use installer to create a pre-built LAMP stack on your machine. That sounds a lot more technical than it is. Basically it installs a web server onto your computer so you can access the files through your browser and the actual files being served as an aid to web-development. You will still need to create the files using something like Bluefish but now you can view them at the same time in your browser and see what other people will see when the site/application is live. Once XAMPP is running you can see what is being ser...

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