Contrary to the belief of many, a noob/n00b and a newbie/newb are not the same thing. Newbs are those who are new to some task and are very beginner at it, possibly a little overconfident about it, but they are willing to learn and fix their errors to move out of that stage. n00bs, on the other hand, know little and have no will to learn any more. They expect people to do the work for them and then expect to get praised about it, and make up a unique species of their own.

As my Linux Newbie – since 1996 blog states, I’ve been tinkering wid + testing + using Linux for about 26 years, but as a “newbie/newb” since my primary OSes have always been MS Windows or OS/2.

Linus Torvalds has said Desktop Linux is not made for “normal people” ‘n that it is for Technical people like Developers, Programmers, IT specialists, etc. He has also said “fragmentation” is another reason that Desktop Linux has never succeeded. However, that kind of talk has never stopped this ‘Newbie/Newb‘ from tinkering wid + testing + using Linux.

  • This is the Foundation Post for the new KDE Plasma – ‘Newb TidBits page; however, the first 3 Parts are on fixes (or possible solutions) on some of the main issues I have had whilst trying to use Distros wid KDE Plasma: 1) How to change 12h or 24h Clock format. 2) How to change Folder or File openings to a Single click. 3) Customizing the order of Panel Icons…this one I am still having problems wid, on some Distros.

Everything about Linux is Fragmented

That includes the Desktop Environments (DE’s). Developers want to customize a DE to fit their Linux OS, and their communities may want to customize that same DE a little more to suit their needs.

During recent tests and/or upgrading to new versions, I found that the Gnome’s Dash to Panel extension had stopped working, and error messages said it was not supported in this version (something like that). AlmaLinux & CentOS Stream were two of my favorite Root‘ User Linux OSes, but that Windows looking panel wasn’t working anymore, and I don’t really like the GNOME DE.

Well, I decided to stop using any GNOME Linux OSes, and look for Root‘ User Distros that offered the Cinnamon DE. Discovered another problem at that point, i.e. a lot of these Cinnamon DE versions were made by the communities, and not fully supported by the actual Developers. Hey, Linus Torvalds said Desktop Linux is not made for “normal people“!? 😉

Also noticed that a lot of these Distros had KDE Plasma as default DE or a supported option by the Developer/s. Time for me to spent more time trying to learn KDE Plasma Desktop. 😨

The next generation desktop for Linux

KDE Plasma has been giving me trouble for a couple years now, i.e. the Plasma Desktop just seemed too difficult. Truthfully, I had been using Gnome or Cinnamon for a long time, and all the other DE’s also gave me some trouble, but not like Plasma did. Puppy’s JWM is easy to work wid, but I just don’t like it beyond a ‘Portability & Rescue‘ purpose.

However, there is no denying that many Linux Developers are moving towards the KDE Plasma Desktop, and it does have that Windows look that is very popular amongst Desktop/Laptop users.

How to change 12h or 24h Clock Format/Time display

Ditto on the ‘Everything about Linux is Fragmented‘ – which includes Terminology, e.g. “Format” & “Time display” can be the same ‘Thang in Linux. That can cause problems when you try to search for some information on various Linux OSes and/or DE’s.

Some Distros come wid a default 12-hour format clock, and others have a default 24-hour format clock. Most DE’s seem to offer a common “Date & Time” in their System Settings.

  • Click on Date & Time:

  • Turn 24h on or off.

Simple to find ‘n simple to set…listed under “Format.”

Here’s how to get to “Date & Time” in most KDE Plasma Linux OSes:

That requires System Settings >> to Regional Settings >> then “Date & Time”:

Oooops! No 12h to 24h option setting at all in Plasma!?

Hold on…I see “Formats” listed above “Date & Time” there…let’s see what it offers:

Nope…no 12h to 24h option settings there either.

Took lots of searching for me to find a setting to change a clock’s “Format/Time display” in KDE Plasma.

First, go to the clock in the lower right-hand corner, and use secondary mouse button to open it:

Then click on “Configure Digital Clock”:

12-hour or 24-hour options are listed under “Time display” there, and it wasn’t very simple to find!


Worth the effort to finally get that 12h/24h issue resolved, since I can’t stand dealing wid that 24-hour Military time clock. That was one of the reasons I stayed away from KDE Plasma, and the next two posts will address other issues I had wid Plasma. They will be shorter, and I may also add some other KDE Plasma posts on the Linux OSes I am testing right now… 🤔

Will add this post to the KDE Plasma – ‘Newb TidBits page; however, that page is still under construction so it may be awhile.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!