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KDE Neon 20.04 on Thinkpad E15 Gen 2

KDE Neon is my prefered KDE based distro.

For the installation on my Thinkpad E15 Gen 2, I used the latest image (neon-user-20200910-0945 at that time).

The image is running a 5.4 kernel and the amdgpu is not correctly managed, so I needed to boot in safe graphics mode.

After installation I downloaded the latest stable kernel (5.8.8-050808-generic) from here with the following files

https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.8.8/amd64/linux-headers-5.8.8-050808_5.8.8-050808.202009091435_all.deb

https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.8.8/amd64/linux-image-unsigned-5.8.8-050808-generic_5.8.8-050808.202009091435_amd64.deb

https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.8.8/amd64/linux-modules-5.8.8-050808-generic_5.8.8-050808.202009091435_amd64.deb

and installed the packages:

cd Downloads/
sudo dpkg -i *.deb

My laptop has a bug related to Fn keys not working without go to sleep mode (related to a BIOS problem see here https://www.virtualconfusion.net/thinkpad-e15-g2-and-linux/).

But current setup prevent my laptop to come out from sleep mode.

I needed to remove the nomodeset from the kernel options. This is not part of the default grub file in KDE Neon.

The nomodeset is added via the file /etc/default/grub.d/neon-installation-nomodeset.cfg

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="${GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT} nomodeset"

whether I remove the file or remove the nomodeset options.

I just simply renamed the file:

sudo mv /etc/default/grub.d/neon-installation-nomodeset.cfg /etc/default/grub.d/neon-installation-nomodeset.cfg.old

Then update the grub configuration:

sudo update-grub

After reboot I am able to put my computer in sleep mode and get out of it and the Fn keys are working

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Filelight to check disk usage

Filelight is a great application to see instantly your computer’s disk usage.

With few clicks you can check where are the biggest files and directories and clean what you want to save disk space.

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Nextcloud sync indicator in KDE Dolphin

Nextcloud is a great tool to synchronize and share documents across team and computers.

To get the nextcloud indicator you need to install the nextcloud-client-dolphin package for your distribution.

sudo apt install nextcloud-client-dolphin

The package is also existing for nautilus and nemo