KDE distro in 2014

New distro-hopping today, from the borringly stable Mint 16 Mate and its fast, semi old-school config (that you can get working in Debian, by the way). I was looking for a new KDE distro alternative to Kubuntu, for no real reason, compatible with my Macbook 4,1: neither Arch (tedious install with EFI), nor Fedora (disk partition problems with the Anaconda installer), OpenSuse or Mageia (not in my taste).


I found the great looking NetRunner Kubuntu-based distribution, whose installer crashed twice in row, and decided to reproduce its look on a simple Mint 16 KDE. Being Debian/Ubuntu based, installation is smooth and easy.

  • Once installation is complete, add the last NetRunner version PPA: you’ll get the nice expanding-icons-taskmanager plasma and the homerun kicker menu, a small Windows-like transparent start menu.
  • You may want the Eclipse desktop theme and the MetroDark window theme: quicker way I found was to install NetRunner in a VM and copy them in my Mint [or else].
  • Fonts are Roboto, size 11, available on Google Fonts.

Here Mint 16 KDE with modified desktop theme (mix between Glassified, Produkt & Caledonia), MetroDark windows, Oxygen Cold colors and Elementary USU icons.
2014_MintKDE-ALast config for Mac users: invert the function keys so that F1-F12 are used instead of multimedia keys [source].

  • Temporarily:
  • Permanently:

Run the following command to append the configuration line to the file /etc/modprobe.d/hid_apple.conf creating it if necessary and trigger copying the configuration into the initramfs bootfile.

$ echo options hid_apple fnmode=2 | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/hid_apple.conf
$ sudo update-initramfs -u -k all

And for history, my previous Mate config:



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