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The differences between Gnome and KDE are mainly cosmetic. So all of non-cosmetic bullets here may be applied to Ubuntu.

  • After installation of Kubuntu update all packages by executing sudo apt-get update and then sudo apt-get upgrade.
  • Remove kde wallet prompt on startup
    • Press Alt+F2 then type KDE Wallet Manager
    • Right click kdewallet then click Change Password
    • Select OK. A prompt will appear. Just select YES
  • Bind window+D shortcut to Show Desktop. I’m used to window+D shortcut in windows.
    • Go to System Settings->Shortcuts and Gestures
    • Global Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Select KWin in KDE component and search for Show Desktop
    • Beside Show Desktop Action, click global and press window+D
  • Disable maximize window when dragged on top and tile windows when dragged to the side of the screen
    • Go to System settings->Workspace Behavior->Screen Edges
    • Uncheck “Maximize windows by dragging…” and “Tile Windows by dragging…”
  • Disable auto switch to next desktop when mouse reaches bottom or top edge
    • Go to System settings->Workspace Behavior->Screen Edges
    • Change “Switch desktop on edge” to “Disabled”
  • Disabled desktop effects
    • System Settings->Desktop Effects. Uncheck Enable desktop effects at startup.
  • Use oxygen theme. System Settings->Workspace Appearance->Desktop Theme. Select Oxygen
  • Install yakuake by executing sudo apt-get install yakuake. I’m a huge fan of drop down terminal just like quake and counter strike.
  • Remove countdown timer when shutdown, restart or logout button is pressed. System->Startup and Shutdown->Session Management then uncheck Confirm Logout
  • Install pidgin. See pidgin download page. Lunch pidgin after installation then go to Tools->Preferences and set show system tray icon to Always to avoid pidgin to terminate when close button is clicked.
  • Follow Paul’s advice to cure kubuntu’s bad looking font.
  • Install google-chrome. If default font settings of google chrome doesn’t look good, do the following
    • open google-chrome and go to settings or simply type the following in url bar chrome://chrome/settings/
    • Search for font and click customize fonts… and set the following
    • Standard font = Ubuntu, size is 16
    • Serif font = Nimbus Roman No9
    • Sans-serif font = Nimbus Sans L
    • Fixed Width font = DejaVu Sans Mono
    • Minimum Font Size = 13
    • Encoding = Western (ISO-8859-1)
  • Currently, latest git of ubuntu is 1.7.x. To install Git 1.8.0.1. See http://blog.avirtualhome.com/git-ppa-for-ubuntu
  • Install Oracle Java 6 in Ubuntu via PPA
    • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
    • sudo apt-get update
    • sudo apt-get install oracle-java6-installer
  • I’m not comfortable using linux fonts in IntelliJ. Consolas font is not included in mscore true type font package of ubuntu too. So I searched the net and found this link installing-vista-fonts-in-ubuntu. Ubuntu light also looks good in idea.To make idea text look good add the following entries to idea/bin/idea.vmoptions
    -Dswing.aatext=true
    -Dawt.useSystemAAFontSettings=lcd_hrgb
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