KDE Doubles The Klicks and X86 StarLite Tablet

KDE switches to double-click by default! Cleaning up junky apps with MenuLibre, Starlite X86 Linux tablet, and a retro deck for people on the go.


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00:00 Intro
01:00 Rebuilding your Linux PC
02:39 What do you use for Linux backups?
05:44 256TB SSD
09:42 KDE defaults to doubleclick
11:34 Doubleclick exists for a reason
12:39 Phantom clicks
13:09 You already single and doubleclick.
15:54 Desktops with single click by default?
17:05 KDE click proposal
18:01 Silly XFCE defaults
19:29 Editing XFCE menus with MenuLibre
26:17 Starlabs X86 keyboardless laptop
28:59 Touchscreen Linux distros?
32:20 X86 micro-pc with a handle

KDE Double Click (Pedro)



  • The mouse click debate continues . . .
  • The upcoming KDE Plasma 6 will require users to double-click on files and folders to open them, instead of single-clicking, which has been the default for KDE since its inception in 1996.
  • KDE Plasma 6 is built on top of Qt 6 and is tentatively planned to be released in late 2023 or early 2024.
  • One of the obvious reasons for the change is that universally on most Linux desktops, like GNOME and xfce, double-click is default, and on other operating systems like Windows, macOS, ChromeOS double-click is the standard.
  • Click behavior, of course, can be configured in KDE settings and you can change back to single click if you like.
  • Many people I know already turn on double-click in KDE as default.
  • But I might be a bit unique, that I actually prefer single-click, especially in KDE where I have been using it all these years.
  • I like the speed of one click and using the mouse less.
  • I sometimes turn it on in other DEs and X window managers as well.
  • Thank you to our lovely Pedro here at LGC for letting us know!
  • This was discussed during Akademy 2022 and everyone was cool with it. 
  • Doubleclick when using a pointing device has made sense since the invention of pointing devices. 
  • The human meat machine makes mistakes and that extra click buys you a buffer. 
  • Accidentally opening something that requires a doubleclick takes a bit of effort. 
  • That said, most of us live in a mixed environment. 
  • My desktop icons are doubleclick but the taskbar and quick launcher are single. 
  • Opening a folder in the Thunar file manager is doubleclick yet navigating Places is single. 
  • For the single click purist this will be one of those things on your checklist to disable. 


MenuLibre 2.3.2



  • If you use XFCE; MenuLibre is something you need to know about. 
  • Some applications never create an entry while others uninstall without removing theirs. 
  • And while XFCE does a lot of things very goodly, editing menus is and shall ever be, not one of them. 
  • Say goodbye to junky menus with MenuLibre. 
  • The latest prerelease swaps out glade and gtk builder with python and GTK. 
  • Gonna help out with updates. 
  • Tooltips have been replaced with an ondemand button showing you information and links. 
  • Couple of bug fixes and several UX improvements. 
  • MenuLibre also provides an editor for the launcher actions used by Unity and Plank.
  • Editing menus on xfce can be a pain, and time consuming, especially in the dock. 


StarLite Tablet


  • This may be the Linux tablet we have all been waiting for . . .
  • Star Labs, the UK’s maker of Linux based laptops and miniPCs, has announced the compact and thin StarLite 5 tablet.
  • Features:
    • Matte black anodised aluminum chassis
    • 12.5” touchscreen IPS display with 2880×1920 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio
    • 1GHz quad-core Intel Alder Lake N200, Turbo Boost up to 3.70GHz, with 6MB Smart Cache
    • 512GB Gen3 PCIe SSD base, up to 2TB
    • 16GB of 4800MHz LPDDR5 onboard memory
    • Intel UHD Graphics
    • Connectivity:
      • Micro HDMI, 2 USB Type Cs 3.2 with Power Delivery 3.0
      • Micro SD Memory Card Reader
      • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
    • Intel Wi-Fi 5 9560
    • Bluetooth 5.1
    • 2k cameras, front and rear
    • Stereo Speakers
    • Dual Digital Microphone
    • Up to 12 hours battery life
    • Open-source firmware powered by coreboot
    • And an optional magnetic backlit keyboard with media keys
  • Starting at $498.00, and with the keyboard included $599.00.
  • And your choice of many Linux distros out of the box, including Ubuntu, Zorin OS, elementary OS, Manjaro, Linux Mint and MX Linux.
  • $498 for a touchscreen laptop with a detachable keyboard isn’t horrid. 
  • Coreoboot and 5-years of LVFS updates are a big selling point. 
  • That, and the open warranty lets you upgrade worry free. 
  • 6 options for pre installed distros. 
  • Do we have any touch-oriented desktops?

Slice of Pi

X86 with a handle 


  • It’s not often we see a Pi sized device that’s X86 but here we are. 
  • This elongated tube of computing goodness sports a 12th gen Alder Lake N100.
  • Power comes from a 20,000mAh USB-C powerbank and it’s all displayed with a 7” display. 
  • The only thing not so cyber about this desk is the lack of keyboard.  
  • It even comes with a convenient carrying handle so it’s easy to toss in the bin at airport security. 
  • A very simple design, yet practical.
  • I like that the creator Matt decided to keep all input devices separate to keep the device from becoming too bulky, and at the same time, not limit the computer to a certain style of keyboard or controller.
  • And so you can hook up any external full-sized or mini keyboard, mouse or game controller you want.

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