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The KDE desktop environment provides many features and applications. However, it is hardware intensive and may run slowly on a computer with an older processor or a small amount of RAM. Figure 5.2a shows a screenshot of KDE4 running on PC-BSD 9.0 with the Applications menu open:

Figure 5.2a: Applications Menu of KDE4


Each category in the Applications menu contains many applications and the Settings and System categories contain many utilities for configuring your system. If you are new to KDE4, take some time to discover which applications best suit your needs. Some of the applications which are provided by KDE4 include:

  • Gwenview: image viewer found in Graphics -> Image Viewer.
  • Digikam: photo managment program found in Graphics -> Photo Management Program.
  • Konqueror" file manager, web browser, and SSH client found in Internet -> Web Browser.
  • KMPlayer: media player found in Multimedia -> Media Player. Plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5, WMV and even H.264 movies.
  • Okular: document viewer and annotator found in Office - Document Viewer. Supports PDF, OpenOffice, and Postscript files.
  • KOrganizer: organizer utility and reminder daemon found in Office -> Personal Organizer.
  • Dolphin: file manager found in System -> File Manager. Dolphin provides many features for manipulating files such as comments, tags, search, encryption, and dealing with zipped archives.

Additional Resources

KDE Applications: includes descriptions and screenshots of all of KDE's applications as well as links to their Handbooks.

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