March 24th, 2006

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Making the switch ...

Over the last week or so I've been installing Gentoo Linux on my machine - it's been usable for the last several days, though it's not quite finished (most notably I've yet to configure my soundcard, but there's also an app or two I've not got round to installing). I decided while I was at it that I'd switch over to using KDE instead of Gnome. I think I last used KDE more than 5 years ago, and I can't remember precisely what it was that I didn't like - just that I wasn't keen on the look & feel of the desktop, kinda clunky. But things move on so it was time to give it another go. Unless I get overly frustrated with it I'm going to try & use it for at least a couple of months to give myself a chance to both get past the 'oooooh shiny toy' effect of configuring new software and the 'damn thing doesn't work right' of switching to a different collection of software.

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Talking of javascript ... my prefered (current) way of working is to have javascript off globally and switch it on on a per-site basis. I tried switching off javascript in Konqueror, which worked fine, but I couldn't find an easy way to add a site to the list of permitted ones, nor an easy way to see if a site had javascript that had been prevented from running. I'd also like to be able to temporarily let a site run a script. Did I miss something? Or do I need to manually add sites to the whitelist?

I've not used many other apps yet - I'm using Konsoles for terminals, which work as I like terminals to work, and I'm using Kopete for IM, which again works as well as GAIM. I've yet to try any coding - I used to use emacs to write perl in and might stick to that, but then I might prefer to move to something with a GUI that works the way I expect it to. Anyone any recommendations from KDE's apps suite, my only real requirements are syntax highlighting and bracket-matching?

Overall then, I'm likely to last until I get used to it. Except Konqueror, which is driving me to distraction at the moment.
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