KDE Checklist, openSUSE 10.2

Configuration checklist for a newly created KDE login under openSUSE 10.2, installed with a 1600×1200 display.

Personal Settings (formerly KDE Control Center):

  • Appearance & Themes, Fonts: fonts all size 10, except Desktop, was 11 now 10. In the past, KDE has changed these on me when I plugged in a new monitor and rebooted.
  • A & T, Icons, Advanced: Desktop & file manager was 48, now 32. Toolbar and Main Toolbar is 22; tried 32 & 48 but nothing looked different.
  • A & T, Icons: (TBD) root’s KMenu icons are much smaller than other users; yet no parameter causes the KMenu icons to change size. How do I control these?
  • A & T, Launch Feedback: was Bouncing Cursor 30 sec, now Passive 15.
  • A & T, Screensaver: no password, advanced Top-Left lockscreen.
  • A & T, Style: is Plastik.
  • A & T, Theme Mgr: current setting not highlighted, I think it is Plastik.
  • Desktop, Panels: Menus tab – was SUSE style, now KDE style.
  • Desktop, Window Behavior: Focus tab – follow-mouse. Moving tab – display window geometry.
  • Regional, Country/Reg & Lang: Time/Dates tab – short date DD-SHORTMONTH-YY, first day Sunday. Other tab – paper format US Letter. Note: causes a system configuration update to run.

Panel & Task Bar:

  • From panel context menu, Add Applet, System Monitor.
  • KMenu, System, Desktop Applet, K R&R Tray (missing from panel context Applet menu) that presents all screen resolutions.
  • KMenu, System, Desktop Applet, openSUSE Updater Applet. This looks like YOU (YaST online updater) from SUSE 10. This is different than the one displayed in the root acount (ZEN? who knows), for which it isn’t obvious how to add to the taskbar. After logging out and back in, the zen-updater symbol appears. Moreover, the updater applet is now missing from root’s panel.
  • Add Application System Terminal Konsole.


  • Konsole Settings: size 80×40, schema white on black, set as default.
  • Clock Applet Configure: day of week, font size.
  • I wanted a KDE applet that monitors in real-time the ACPI power-saving state of the processor. Gnome gnome-cpufreq-applet allowed me to watch my Athlon CPU frequency change between 2.2 and 1.0GHz, helping me see the effects of the various Active Schemes and Frequency Policies offered by kpowersave
    Finally discovered kcpufreq by Sebastian Schaffert who transplanted it from Gnome.

posted in SUSE, SysAdmin by Bozzie

1 Comment to "KDE Checklist, openSUSE 10.2"

  1. srlinuxx wrote:

    it’s called kpowersave in opensuse. if you can’t find in the menu, you can start it with that command in run dialog or konsole.

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