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Just annotations of little "how to's", so I know I can find how to do something I've already done when I need to do it again, in case I don't remember anymore, which is not unlikely. Hopefully they can be useful to others, but I can't guarantee that it will work, or that it won't even make things worse.
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[rant] Linux seriously needs some efforts in theming standards/unification

Posted 07-08-2014 at 01:00 AM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Tags rant

KDE, QT, GTK, TK, all in several versions and with changing variables and whatnot at every version, and even within a single version.

One would think that QT and KDE are more or less the same, but turns out that, at least from outside KDE, one can't fully define the theme settings (or UI font specifically) from KDE's "appearance" settings. Even for apps that aren't "standalone QT", but KDE! Like fonts on konqueror, and probably dolphin too. KDE has a longstanding...
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Uniformity between GTK2/3 and QT/KDE with QT using GTK themes

Posted 07-04-2014 at 12:52 AM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Updated 07-04-2014 at 12:54 AM by the dsc
Tags gtk, kde, q.t., theming

Whereas gtk-qt-engine doesn't work very well, that is, GTK can't be easily made to "simulate" QT/KDE themes, the converse seems to work very well, and apparently no additional package is needed for that, but QT alone, or actually just qtconfig-qt4, in order to set the QT/KDE* theme as "GTK+".

So one third of the problem of desktop uniformity is solved if you have one GTK2 (I believe it's GTK2, not 3, I'm not sure) theme that you find good enough to have both in...
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Adaptive "default" browser script (rudimentary, but seems to work)

Posted 06-28-2014 at 03:22 AM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Updated 07-01-2014 at 04:45 PM by the dsc ("bugfix")

Sometimes you open an application that will in turn open some web page, and it will automatically open it with the default browser. The problem is that often you'd prefer that it had been opened in whatever other browser that may be already running, even if it's not the system's default. So I came up with this script in order to try to get this behavior:

Code:
#!/bin/bash
# This "software" (so to speak) is totally UNLICENSED and barely documented. What you see is
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Interesting blog post about zswap functionality

Posted 06-25-2014 at 03:31 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Tags ram, swap, zswap

Zswap is basically like a "fake swap partition" inside the RAM itself, but instead of just "moving" things from one place to another in the RAM, these things are compacted, instead of being written to the actual swap partition, on the HDD. Or so I understand. It then squeezes more out of the RAM than with non-compressed use, at some cost of CPU due to the compression/uncompressions, and monitoring, but sparing access to the swap partition on the HDD.

https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/c...ality7?lang=en
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Gwenview > Gthumb

Posted 06-22-2014 at 03:01 AM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Updated 06-22-2014 at 09:10 PM by the dsc (update)

I don't like much the "thumbnails only" mode that both these viewers/managers enforce, in the old days you could have a file list that you could alternate between various views, including thumbnails, and a preview pane. But these days we're almost forced to chose between the two, even though Geeqie isn't all that bad.

But Gwenview is absurdly superior in some basic editing, namely cropping and resizing. While editing files with about 2000x2000 px or so, Gthumb kept accessing/writing...
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