Loving the Plasma Desktop

In the last few weeks, I’ve been using the Plasma Desktop full time in Ubuntu with the Kubuntu Backports PPA enabled. This way I can get the latest version of this desktop environment on Ubuntu 18.10.

The latest Plasma Desktop version is 5.14 and it’s really amazing. On my hardware, it uses less resources than Gnome Shell, although it takes more time to get to the destkop. And the best part is not having the Gnome Shell process eating up more than 1GB or 2GB of RAM (even after the garbage collection patches).

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Windows “snail” Update

Yesterday, I had to reinstall Windows 10 on a computer because the owner was complaining it was too slow. After a successful, albeit slow, reinstall, I had to change the language.

This computer had Windows in English and the owner wanted it in European Portuguese. So, after reinstalling the OS, I selected the European Portuguese language in the system options (or whatever it is called) and chose the pt-PT langpack.

So far, so good, I thought. Yet, the download took about 30 minutes to start and I was stumped. How could this be, if I have a 200Mb/100Mb fiber connection?! Even an upgrade from Debian Stable to Debian Testing takes less time (downloading and installing the packages). I guess that Windows Update still works at the speed of a snail.