New Plasma Girl

Hello everyone!  In my ongoing Linux experiments, I tried out Manjaro a couple months ago when I repaired an old laptop I had laying around.  https://orcaflotta.blog/2021/07/16/noob-linux-girl/  First off I installed KDE Plasma instead of the old Windows 7 that was on there originally.  It came with some things loaded on and was pretty easy to get up and running.  All the myriad choices and settings were a bit overwhelming though and I missed my Mint Cinnamon theme and colors.

Soon after, I realized Manjaro had a cinnamon version too so I tried installing that one.  I got my Cinnamon colors back but it wasn’t working the way I wanted it to.  I still have Mint Cinnamon on an old PC and it works perfectly well for me, so the laptop is a chance for me to try new things.  

After reading some KDE forums I kept on fiddling with it and found so much more that I didn’t know.  Then while checking out Orca’s blog I saw that they had an updated Plasma version with new appearance settings, colors and controls.  I decided I had to try that out next so I loaded Manjaro KDE Plasma 5.22 on the laptop, erasing all that came before.   I even got brave and installed the newest kernel.  Now that I’m an old hand at installing Linux distros, this was no problem at all 🙂

Right away it looked better than my first KDE attempt.  I was able to load a nice theme easily and get all my software set up.  All the settings and apps are actually easy to work with after you get used to them. I like the music player and word processing tools just as much as the windows versions. I tried K-Mail too, but I think I will go back to Thunderbird.  I’ve even given up on the Chrome browser for now and will stick with Firefox.  I have all the social media apps on my phone, so I won’t bother installing them on the laptop ;P

Doing all my usual stuff is now just as easy as Mint so I plan on keeping Manjaro for a while.  There are still things I want to change like moving panels around, loading widgets and changing transparencies.  After watching a couple of videos I have discovered that just about anything is possible if you know the secrets.  I plan on learning how!

I liked what this Michael guy had to say on one of the forums.

“I really don’t think Plasma deserves its ‘not beginner friendly’ reputation.  At least, not in the way that statement is usually made. Plasma is not very friendly for the average Windows user.  If the user is moderately tech savvy though, then Plasma can be bliss.

On the other hand, the average Windows user will probably never even try Linux.  Generally, they only use their computer for email, Facebook or watching YouTube.  Those people are all about social networking and they have no interest in kernels or FOSS.  That is like a foreign language which they care nothing about.

Not all Windows users are like that.  Users like you and I, as well as the majority of those reading this, once used Windows.  That is the type of computer user that will likely switch to Linux.  We are different from when we still used Windows.  We just hadn’t been introduced yet.

Plasma is an amazing and powerful desktop environment.  It can match Windows or MacOS on its worst day.  The features and available options allow Plasma to be tweaked and tuned to be the perfect environment the user is after.  What is so cool is that Plasma isn’t alone. Xfce and Mate are pretty amazing too.”

Manjaro is the most fun version of Linux for me at the moment.  I hope Orca and her hubby continue to enjoy the Cinnamon and Mate varieties.  I’ll stick with KDE Plasma for now and maybe come up with my very own personalized and more colorful (not so dark and gloomy) theme one of these days 🙂

Becca

16 comments

  1. 🙂 Becca, I believe that you meant to say, “Manjaro KDE Plasma 5.22” and not “Manjaro KDE Plasma 2.22”.

    In regards to the Cinnamon desktop environment, the version that Linux Mint created is still the best.

    I must admit that you have made a wonderful decision by choosing to go with the Manjaro KDE Plasma Edition.

    KDE Plasma is one of the most beautiful desktop environments out of the box. It can also be customized to look like any other desktop environment around.

    In my case, the version of Manjaro that I enjoy the most is Manjaro MATE.

    I waited patiently for your update on Manjaro and it paid off.

    Do enjoy the rest of your day and may you continue to have fun with the Manjaro KDE Plasma Edition on your laptop computer.

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  2. Heyas Becca
    Congratz on your transformation and yet another wonderful blogstory. 🙂

    “I saw that they had an updated Plasma version”
    I guess there was a lot of new stuff introduced with the latest Manjo snapshot 21.1.2. But you should’ve gotten it by simply updating regularly.

    “All the myriad choices and settings were a bit overwhelming though and I missed my Mint Cinnamon theme and colors.”
    Mhm. /me nods. It’s all a bit much for this old hag and creature of habit as well. That’s why my “new” Cinnamon desktop looks more or less exactly like my old Mate desktop. 😐

    “I even got brave and installed the newest kernel. Now that I’m an old hand at installing Linux distros, this was no problem at all 🙂”
    Isn’t it astonishing that even something that’s akin to an open heart surgery, is done so leisurely with just 2 or 3 mouseclicks? And anyway, nothing is hard once you know how it’s done and have a routine. 😉

    “I still have Mint Cinnamon on an old PC and it works perfectly well for me”
    /me nods again. Mint is like a pair of comfy old sneakers, sooooo soft and everything fits perfectly … but a bit boring and kinda falling apart at the seams. But don’t let Manjaro’s version scare you off! Manjo is known for more or less heavily kneading and wrangling the standard desktop environments and making them “better” and more visually appealing.

    “Right away it looked better than my first KDE attempt. I was able to load a nice theme easily and get all my software set up. All the settings and apps are actually easy to work with after you get used to them.”
    That’s Manjo’s special sauce alright.

    “Doing all my usual stuff is now just as easy as Mint so I plan on keeping Manjaro for a while.”
    That’s how Manjaro, much to the chagrin of hardcore Arch fanatics, got the moniker “Ubuntu/Mint of the Arch World”. We housewives couldn’t care less and just enjoy easy peasy operations. 🙂

    “There are still things I want to change like moving panels around, loading widgets and changing transparencies. After watching a couple of videos I have discovered that just about anything is possible if you know the secrets. I plan on learning how!”
    And again: EVERYTHING is easy once you know how it’s done. Everybody uses the same basic instruments: Keyboard, Mouse/Trackpad. No need to be the fastest typist in the west or any other special skillz. 🙂

    The Michael guy you quoted hits the hammer on the nail or sumfink like dat. True: Every Windows user is a Linux user in the making. Some get it sooner, some get it later, some will unfortunately never get it … those are the people we don’t care about anymore. A little bit of goodwill, of willingness to better ones environments and oneself for oneself, is needed. If that’s not to be found … bah, forget about it!

    “Manjaro is the most fun version of Linux for me at the moment.”
    THAT! THERE!
    Manjaro is truly the best once you get rid of the training wheels. Gives you all the amazing Arch stuff, and is yet almost as easy to operate as Mint. And reliable. I used to be a huge fan of EndeavourOS, a nearly 100% vanilla Arch distro. Everything was groovy there … but only after confering with some ultra geeky geeks so I could at least get my Nvidia graphics card installed. And my newly upgraded MiniMax computer had allergic reactions to it from the first moment on. 😦 So I went back to Manjaro and installed the Nvidia driver with just a mouseclick, not a conference … and the whole system is, like, totally stable and uncrashy. Still we enjoy al the Archy actuality and up-to-dateness.

    “I hope Orca and her hubby continue to enjoy the Cinnamon and Mate varieties.”
    Oh, we will! No fear. Still running EndeavourOS/Mate on my better Lenovo mini-computer and Manjaro/Mate on the other. We’ve ordered the new laptop with preinstalled Mint/Cinnamon, no idea what we’ll use in the long run. Probably Manjaro/Cin since hubby will use that machine more regularly than I.

    “I’ll stick with KDE Plasma for now and maybe come up with my very own personalized and more colorful (not so dark and gloomy) theme one of these days 🙂”
    Good decision, Becca, very good. KDE is after all the most versatile and customizable desktop environment of Linux. I wish you much fun and success. Stay curious! ^.^

    xoxo

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    • Thank you for all the wonderful comments Orca 🙂 The only reason I didn’t get updated is that I switched over to KDE Cinnamon for a bit. Now that I am sticking with one version I should always have the latest and greatest. Wishing you good luck on your new laptop!

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      • But butbutbut, there is no thing like KDE Cinnamon in existence. 😮 It’s either or. They are both desktop environments we install on top of our distros’ code base, be it Mint, Ubuntu, Debian, Arch, Slackware, Red Hat, SuSE or something else. Of all these we can say Red Hat is the home base of Gnome (Gnome Shell, Mate, Cinnamon, Unity …), while SuSE was probably the first distro featuring the KDE desktop. I mean, both being German by design, it makes sense, no?

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      • Easy solution: Upload/link pics in the format you wanna see them in.

        For example when I wanna show my new Linux desktop i.e. I just make a full screen snapshot (prt screen) or I use the screenshot app of my distro, where I have the option to decide if I wanna snap the whole screen, just the active window or define my own cut. These differ a bit from desktop to desktop but are basically all the same. Or you can edit your photo in Gimp or any other Linux graphics software. This is the best solution when you wanna add signs and words n stuff.

        When I wanna use RL photos I use my camera’s format selector and decide between 1:1, 3:2, 4:3 or 16:9 before I shoot. Videos come out in 16:9 anyway.

        I’m a regular spaz when it comes to editing software so I keep my shit to minimum.

        BTW, you might have noticed we can’t upload any pics any more, so we gotta link to our photos. What service do you use to link your photos to the blog?

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  3. Interesting KDE has always baffled me the few times I tried it. I must turn my manjaro HDD back on soon I hear the default browsers has changed. Nice article. I will look at KDE and Plasma at some point.

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    • “I hear the default browsers has changed.”

      Yes, I hear that, too. It’s probably for fresh installs that you’ll get dunnowhatbrowser installed as standard. They didn’t and won’t delete my Firefuck and replace it with something else. This ain’t a fascist WinApple computer. 😐

      On the on the other hand we gotta ask What the actual phuk, Mozilla? Are you completely out of your friggin’ mind now? Can’t you see how you’re bleeding users front, back and center, and still don’t stop making your browser worse and wurst? Firefuck was the pride of the FOSS world, the chosen browser of the people, ffs! Nowadays you’re just a laughing stock. 😦

      I was using Firefuk, respectively its predecessor since 1996 and always felt great that I was never forced by any of my employers to use the Microsoft crapola. Firefox had something special, more true, more free and faster than the commercial proprietary browsers. You remember how we used to joke about Internet Explorer being the best browser to surf to Mozilla and install Firefox from? 🙂 But nowadays I really dunno for how much longer I can live with that shitty browser. :/

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      • I’ve used ff for years but used chrome because of the better syn feature originally. I even have edge on mint as its so similar to chrome and easier for my 20+ year old Hotmail account. Confused. Com

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