August 19, 2016

Now We've Gone And Done It - Name Change and a Random K Has Happened!

A little while ago, I asked for some ideas on a name change for the site:

"And this is where you all come in. Over the next several weeks, we will be moving to the new domain. We will be giving this site a make-over. We will also be posting everything here and the social media channels mentioned above will all link back to here. We can call it "taking back control of our content" for those of you who might need a justification for our doing so. What we're looking for is a new name for our site and our brand. In short, The Blue Mint sounds too much like Linux Mint or perhaps a foodie blog, or  something likewise not even Linux related at all. Now, I have nothing against Linux Mint, it's a fine distribution. But this outlet is all about three main things:

  • Kubuntu
  • KDE
  • Project Neon 
In keeping with that goal, simply put, we need a new name. So we're asking you to comment here or on Twitter with a name you think would best fit who we are and what our target market is.

Suggestions so far have included Konqi, Knews, newsK, and Ikon, among others. I'm inclined to like Ikon, or even IKON (all caps), since the K should be capitalized and I don't want a lowercase "i" there because, well, we're not Apple ;)" - Link
Some kind community members chimed in and we received some great feedback!

Name our brand comments
In the end, and much to the dismay of some community peeps, we just couldn't get away from the "K". It's too hard! I mean, if we are going to do a website that espouses the virtues of Kubuntu, KDE, Project Neon, and friends, it seemed like a name with a "K" in it was inevitable. The first real candidate was 'iKon', as suggested by a reader. Then it went to IKON, since a lowercase "i" seemed to imply we were mimicking a certain computer brand who's logo is a piece of fruit, and the 'K' seemed like it needed to be capitalized as well...

But, at the last minute, and in a completely authoritarian move, the decision was made to rename our humble little site something completely different: K * Digest. It works, it fits, it's familiar. Even though we heard from a few people to please not go the "K" route, any other naming scheme just didn't seem to work. 

Riddell pleads his case


You see, if we didn't use some kind of "K"-thingy, how would people conclude who we are and what we're about? That's the very issue that prompted the name change to begin with, as 'Blue Mint Linux' probably came off to most people as if we were some type of Linux distro, which we certainly are not.

So please forgive us for the Korny name, and do give us your thoughts on the matter. Not that it will change anything now (do you know how much work it is to change this information on every social media site? It's not fun). 

Although Blue Gears might have worked also...

Hey - It doesn't have a "K"!
 

August 13, 2016

Saturday Humor - Sorry Teacher, The Dog Ate My Hard Drive!

Here's a little Saturday Kubuntu humor for you - Apparently one should keep their dog away from their Kubuntu computer!




At least the dog did not discriminate between Windows and Kubuntu...but somehow I feel further explanation is necessary...

Link to original Tweet here.

August 12, 2016

Looking for a name change and getting back to Blogging

So for a while now, we've been plugging away keeping our faithful followers on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter in the know with all things KDE and Kubuntu-related. This has been going well for the most part. However, we've decided that it's time to go back our roots. Blogging roots that is. Which is to say that we'll be soon moving this blog to a new, dedicated domain again and we'll also be getting back to posting stories here as opposed to the way we've been doing things lately.

The way it's worked the last several months (OK years now - Holy Cow!) is that we've used a social media tool to simultaneously post news to the social media outlets mentioned above. This has meant that nothing has been posted here in...well...a long while. This is about to change.

And this is where you all come in. Over the next several weeks, we will be moving to the new domain. We will be giving this site a make-over. We will also be posting everything here and the social media channels mentioned above will all link back to here. We can call it "taking back control of our content" for those of you who might need a justification for our doing so. What we're looking for is a new name for our site and our brand. In short, The Blue Mint sounds too much like Linux Mint or perhaps a foodie blog, or  something likewise not even Linux related at all. Now, I have nothing against Linux Mint, it's a fine distribution. But this outlet is all about three main things:
  • Kubuntu
  • KDE
  • Project Neon 
In keeping with that goal, simply put, we need a new name. So we're asking you to comment here or on Twitter with a name you think would best fit who we are and what our target market is.

Suggestions so far have included Konqi, Knews, newsK, and Ikon, among others. I'm inclined to like Ikon, or even IKON (all caps), since the K should be capitalized and I don't want a lowercase "i" there because, well, we're not Apple ;)

If you care to help with the discussion, head over to our Google+ page and chime in, or comment here won't you?  

October 28, 2013

Two Very Good KDE Financial Apps, KMyMoney And Skrooge, Get Recent Updates

When many people think of financial software, they probably think of Quicken or MS Money. Or on the Linux side of the house they may think of GnuCash. But did you know that our beloved KDE has not one, but two financial applications to handle all of your financial management and forecasting needs? That would be Skrooge and KMyMoney.

October 23, 2013

Own A Small Business? KDE's Kraft Is Here To Help With Document And Invoice Generation

One of the issues facing small and middle-size businesses is how to create and manage all of the necessary documentation in order to run your business. Additionally, you also want to look good while running your business. By this I mean looking professional. Like a good website, nice looking letters, forms, and invoices are necessary in order for you to convey the right image. A tool to help design and manage all of your forms would be great, as long as it was also easy to use and still powerful. Enter Kraft.