Using pkcon – the PackageKit console client

Pkcon is the preferred way of dealing with packages in KDE neon and is the back end of Discover, KDE neons graphical package manager. You can use Apt as well but you might run into problems with dependencies while updating and in the end it is easier to just use one system. Luckily, pkcon is […]

Black screen with blinking cursor on boot after installation

If you have just installed KDE neon or another Ubuntu 18.04 based operating system and after installation it has booted to a blank screen with a cursor then it might be because it is trying to boot another UEFI system. This happened to me today and it wasn’t until after I had reinstalled the operating […]

Install the True Type core fonts for better web browsing

In 1996 Microsoft decided to create a pack of core fonts for the Web. Unfortunately there were propriety restrictions on the fonts restricting their distribution. Microsoft terminated the project in 2002 but many websites still default to these fonts if the one used is not available so it is handy to have them installed. The […]

Change swappiness to use RAM instead of the swapfile

Swappiness can be thought of as the point that KDE neon decides to stop keeping files in RAM (fast memory) and start writing them to a swap file on the hard drive (slow memory). Unfortunately the defaults for KDE neon treat it the same as the defaults for a server with swappiness set to 60. […]

Downloading websites from the Wayback Machine

The Wayback Machine is an archive of the web, which is to say that it crawls the Internet looking for websites and then saves them. It might seem like a simple thing but it is also very important. A lot of the Web disappears fairly often, especially with news sites. Every time they update their […]