Tag: Open Source

Tiny Firefox

I know this has been said before, but I cannot find it, so here it goes again.

Ever since I got my EeePC, I got obsessed by the amount of screen real-state Firefox takes for the top menu, browsing control buttons, address and search bar, etc.

The quickest fix I always apply every time I am in front of a Firefox windows that is not mine is to move the Bookmarks toolbar content right next to the File menu and to disable the Bookmarks toolbar.  This removes one full toolbar, and unless you have a really heavily populated Bookmarks toolbar, should function very well.

But I wanted to go further (especially since I saw that Chrome uses less screen real-state). So I installed a few add-ons that make a significant difference:

  • AHS. autoHideStatusbar does precisely that. It hides the status bar unless it is required (i.e. a page is loading or you hover a link) or you go near it with the mouse pointer.
  • Smart Stop/Reload. It combines the Stop and Reload buttons (since they are never used at he same time).
  • Tiny Menu. It transforms the File menu into a single item. This extension saves a lot of real-state and the menu remains nice ans usable.

By using these extensions and moving things around in the toolbars, you can achieve a very tiny navigation interface that is perfectly usable.

Tiny Firefox
Tiny Firefox

Note the Tux theme (I a’m using Personas)

Kubuntu Karmic Koala is out!

Kubuntu Karmic Koala
Kubuntu Karmic Koala

Kubuntu Karmic Koala is finally out! I use it since the Release Candidate came  Oct. 22 nd, and it is absolutely awesomely mind-blowingly fabulous.  All of the kinks in Jaunty have been fixed and a lot of new features have been added.

Kubuntu?

Why am I talking about Kubuntu and not about its more popular sibling Ubuntu? Well, very simply because KDE kicks Gnome’s ass any day (while blindfolded and with all of its finger stuck in its nose). I know that seems like a very bold and unjustified statement, well it is indeed very bold but totally justified.

The main difference about KDE and Gnome, besides the fact that the KDE foundation is much more solid, flexible and portable, is the mindset. In KDE you can configure (trough a nice GUI) pretty much everything, whereas in Gnome, you get a bunch of very comfortable defaults that (although they can be modified) are not intended to be fiddled with too much.

Also, KDE is much more than a desktop environment and provides a full suite of programs that do almost everything you could want to do. These programs also integrate very well together and provide as many more features and options than any sane person would need or be able to use (but who likes sane people anyway?).

Quick Review

My Desktops (Grid View)
My Desktops (Grid View)

I am currently using the 64-bit version of Kubuntu and it is performing incredibly well. The system (my laptop) boots in around 40 seconds and turns off in less than 15 seconds. The graphical performance is flawless and I can benefit from smooth performance even when doing very processor intensive tasks (such as stitching photos together).

Also, It comes with Ubutu One (a remote storage service) which is pretty convenient for sharing and backing up files.

I’ll try to do a screencast and post it in order to show off the Koala.