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I've never been much of a KDE fan, but I thought I'd like to try a different desktop on my Ubuntu 16.04/.10 distros. After reading that the Solus Budgie Desktop can mess up a Unity installation, I decided to give KDE Neon a try. I installed it from a ppa and it worked without incident. I played with it a bit to see if I could customize it to my liking, and also to see if it worked well with virtualbox and my statistical applications. I was able to make everything work that I tried. I thought next that I would like to try making it look similar to my Unity Desktop. I could get the Numix Circle icons installed and showing, and I could also move the menubar to the left, and eventually I found instructions for making top and left menubars having the same characteristics as the launcher and panel in Unity. KDE also seems to run at about the same speed as Unity, so this looks like a viable option for me. What I would like to do now is to get ideas any members who are regular KDE users to see what else interesting I can do with KDE Neon. Might even be nice to have a PLUG presentation on the subject to promote some discussion.

Neon is unlikely to get me off of Unity, but I like having options just to change the scenery once in awhile. Incidentally, I also did try Budgie on one of my computers, and sure enough, it removed my ability to sign into different desktops. I played with it awhile anyway before removing it. It's OK, but other than the slide-in settings window on the right, it doesn't have any features that I found especially interesting. Surprisingly, it doesn't even allow you to put a panel on the left side of the display. Apparently it was a past feature that was removed, and there is some talk of bringing it back.

Open your files the usual way (I click 'harry' on my desktop). Go to 'view' at the top (You might have to make the menu appear at the top of an open file window.) Scroll down and see if it has something like 'extra pane' and click it.

I love this feature which started I think in KDE. You get a window open that can be in two places at the same time, rather than opening and resizing two window. I often use one side for downloads and the other side for shares on another computer, and then just drag and drop. On my Win7 laptop I have a linux machine in VMWare where I do all my downloading, sometimes on iffy sites. Then I drag and drop to shares on my Windows machines.

Sometimes I don't manage to get my Guest additions working. This is even better, and covers all my machines.

Thanks, Harry. I did see the double pane feature and I wish Nautilus had it too. The one file manager feature I wish one of them had is the ability to drill through folders like you can in the Apple Finder. What KDE distro are you using? Is it KDE Neon or an earlier version?

I've never tried it but Marlin might fit as a Finder replacement. See this post:

Scroll down about 2/3 to the end.

Marlin looks good, and it is as close to the "drill through folders" implementation I had in a Mac utility as anything I've ever seen. At one point, Marlin was available to Ubuntu as a ppa, but this hasn't been updated, and a post I read suggested that the project hasn't been active for at least a year. Too bad!!

Dolphin is the next best thing I've seen. It does drill through folders like Marlin, only it does so vertically, and you have to keep pressing the triangle by the folder to get it to drill. Still, Dolphin should work, even in Unity, and I may start to use it whether I stick with KDE or not.

Incidentally, I'm still playing with KDE and I now really like the look and features. Unfortunately, I've run into two bugs. The first is disconnection from my wireless network after a period of sleep. I had to reboot to get it back. The second is in kmail, which I don't have to use. But it is much improved over previous versions I've tried, and has a much nicer, more professional appearance. Unfortunately, it has forgotten my mail folders on two occasions (i.e. the mail folders window has nothing in them). Quitting and restarting the app brought them back. But I can of course continue to work in Thunderbird in KDE.


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