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My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby GeneC » 25 Feb 2013 18:41

Lots of folks choose the XFCE desktop because of it 'lightness' over other popular desktops, such as KDE and Gnome.
I actually have it set up so this its functionally the equivalent of the great old "Gnome 2.3 Desktop" that we all know and love.... :P
Lots of other distros are making brand new desktops to mimic it, and are doing a very nice job of it, but I prefer XFCE's stability.
Personally I choose it because it just prefer its look and ease of use. From the computer specs you can see in my name tag below. I don't have to worry about memory... :)

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[rimg]http://imageshack.us/a/img845/1480/scre ... 309281.png[/rimg]

My XFCE installations are loaded with extras it idles at about 348 MB's and that might make it heavy for some folks, but its less than 3% of my memory, and I like my options...

Compiz takes up the most memory of my additions, but I like it.

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After installation first thing I do is improve font rendering.
settings manager>appearance>fonts

[rimg]http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/829/fontsxi.png[/rimg]
This makes a big difference for me.

Then I start adding things I use:

1. panel applets
  • date time
    action buttons (shut down)
    app finder (makes a nice GUI-type menu)
    launcher "favorites" (I stack most of the secondary apps I use)
    [rimg]http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/4918/favoritesi.png[/rimg]
    places
    weather
    tomboy icon (with application-autostart entry = 'tomboy --icon')
2. Install Nvidia driver with 'Debian Driver Manager' (reboot)

3. Copy things I have saved from other distro installations:
  • Help Doc (notes taken for reference)
    Downloads (from other sources)
    Pictures
    Wallpapers
    Icons
    • Clarity
      Mint-X
      Faenza
    Themes (a few that work nicely)
    • Ambience
      Atolm-gtk3
      Buonanotte
      elementary Dark
      Gnome-Cupertino
      GnomishDark
      GnomishGray
      selene
      Shiki
      Shiuki-nouveau
      Zukitwo
    http://gnome-look.org/
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I then:

Enable Firewall

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sudo ufw enable
check firewall

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gene@lmdeup6:~$ sudo ufw status
[sudo] password for gene: 
Status: active
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Set Autologin
To enable lightdm autologin debian =

alter /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf to be

[SeatDefaults]
autologin-user=,<your user name>
autologin-user-timeout=0
pam-service=lightdm-autologin


create /etc/pam.d/lightdm-autologin (if not exist)
#%PAM-1.0
auth requisite pam_nologin.so
auth required pam_env.so readenv=1
auth required pam_env.so readenv=1 envfile=/etc/default/locale
auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet_success
auth required pam_permit.so
@include common-account
session required pam_limits.so
@include common-session
@include common-password
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Finally add these Applications from Synaptic
  • gedit
    dmz-cursor-theme (0.4.3)
    bleachbit (0.9.2-2)
    gnome-system-monitor (3.4.1-2+b1)
    tomboy (1.10.0-2)
    pinta (1.3-2)
    clamtk (4.41-1)
    gtkorphan (0.4.4-1.1)
    xscreensaver-gl (5.15-3)
    xscreensaver-gl-extra (5.15-3)
    xscreensaver-data-extra (5.15-3)
    dconf-tools (0.12.1-2)
    galternatives (0.13.5+nmu2)
    gcolor2 (0.4-2.1)
    gconf-defaults-service (3.2.5-1+build1)
    gconf-editor (3.0.1-1)
    gtkhash (0.6.0-4)
    gtkhash-common (0.6.0-4)
    thunar-gtkhash (0.6.0-4)
    google-chrome-beta (Upgrade)
    ttf-mscorefonts-installer (3.4+nmu1)
    localepurge (0.6.3)
    gtk2-engines-pixbuf (2.24.10-2)
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DDM works most excellently, but I want the latest Driver and Liquorix Kernels, so:
Install SMXI
http://smxi.org/

Install latest Liquorix Kernel, and Nvidia driver

liquorix (current 3.7.xx)
Nvidia (current 313.xx)

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COMPIZ (from Debian SID repo)

Installed the following packages:
  • compiz (0.8.4-5.2)
    compiz-core (0.8.4-5.2)
    compiz-fusion-plugins-extra (0.8.4-2)
    compiz-fusion-plugins-main (0.8.4-2+b1)
    compiz-fusion-plugins-unsupported (0.8.4-3)
    compiz-gtk (0.8.4-5.2)
    compiz-plugins (0.8.4-5.2)
    compizconfig-settings-manager (0.8.4-2)
    fusion-icon (0.1.0-2)
    libcompizconfig0 (0.8.4-2)
    libdecoration0 (0.8.4-5.2)
    libjpeg62 (6b1-3)
    python-compizconfig (0.8.4-2+b1)
EMERALD (from .deb, or)
[http://jas.gemnetworks.com/debian debian main]
  • Upgraded the following packages:
    libdecoration0 (0.8.4-5.2) to 0.8.8-2
    Installed the following packages:
    emerald (0.8.8-1)
    libemeraldengine0 (0.8.8-1)
EMERALD THEMES
(from .deb) [mint julia]
http://packages.linuxmint.com/pool/main ... ld-themes/

I have a 2nd installation of SolydX that I keep more of a stock configuration, to help with testing... ;)

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What are your tweaks? I'd love to hear of some.. :P
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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby GeneC » 25 Feb 2013 19:14

DISCLAIMER:
As with any custom tweaks, it is advised to make a clone, or backup of your installation FIRST, as stuff happens....
... :shock: :?


I just thought of another tweak that I find real nice.

If you use Chrome browser especially, but I understand this fix works for Firefox as well.

Improve Font Rendering In Chrome
(from my post on the LMDE forum)
=============

1. Run (in terminal)

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 sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig-config
(use tab bar to navigate)
ANSWER=
  • Native
    Automatic
    Yes
2. Run

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sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig
3. Make a file in HOME called .fonts.conf and add=

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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
<fontconfig>
 <match target="font" >
  <edit mode="assign" name="hinting" >
   <bool>true</bool>
  </edit>
 </match>
 <match target="font" >
  <edit mode="assign" name="hintstyle" >
   <const>hintslight</const>
  </edit>
 </match>
 <match target="font" >
  <edit mode="assign" name="rgba" >
   <const>rgb</const>
  </edit>
 </match>
 <match target="font" >
  <edit mode="assign" name="antialias" >
   <bool>true</bool>
  </edit>
 </match>
<match target="font">
   <edit mode="assign" name="lcdfilter">
   <const>lcddefault</const>
   </edit>
 </match>
<match target="pattern">
   <edit name="dpi" mode="assign">
   <double>96</double></edit>
</match>
</fontconfig>
4. And last
Make another file in Home called:
.Xdefaults add:

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Xft.autohint: 0
Xft.antialias: 1
Xft.hinting: true
Xft.hintstyle: hintslight
Xft*dpi: 96
Xft.rgba: rgb
Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault
logout/in.

Nice clean fonts.
(Note: This fix seemed to only work for some. Some noticed no difference. I sure did..)... 8-)

Credit for this goes to "ElKoraco" on the Debian forums.... ;)
http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php? ... 30#p400290
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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby zerozero » 25 Feb 2013 23:28

wow Gene :geek: this is a proper collection of tweaks
if you don't mind i will stick this :lol:
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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby GeneC » 26 Feb 2013 00:23

Hey 'zz'.. :D

Sure thing.
Actually I have about a dozen more "tweaks" that I haven't even mentioned yet.... :oops:
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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby CjTX2 » 26 Feb 2013 02:25

Yeah, Gene. What zz said. 8-)
Man, as soon as I get this old box slicked out with SolydX, you're pushing me to put together an new one for SolydK and let the party begin. :D

Building new machine named Garfield II & still using an old T42 Thinkpad that's old and slow, but just keeps on going and going . . . sorta like me! :lol:

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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby cwwgateway » 26 Feb 2013 03:18

Gene, that was very helpful, especially the parts about fonts, which I have trouble with. Since I'm setting up a SolydX system right now, this seems like a good place to detail the process I go by, especially considering I need to do this at least once more. I'm going to try not to list things that you (Gene) already listed so I'm not redundant.

Here's a screenshot of the (mostly) finished product:
Image

1. Fix my display settings.
I have two displays, one being an external display and one being the one built into my laptop. They are a little bit strange because sometimes the HDMI display is recognized as HDMI1, and sometimes it's HDMI2. I use the program arandr to fix them. It basically creates scripts that run xrandr. My script has the following (this one's for HDMI1).

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#!/bin/sh
xrandr --output HDMI1 --mode 1920x1080 --pos 0x0 --rotate normal --output LVDS1 --mode 1366x768 --pos 1920x312 --rotate normal --output VGA2 --off --output DP1 --off
2. Configure Fonts
Besides the tweaks Gene mentioned, I change the font to Droid Sans.

3. Configure Xfce
Personally, I like Xfce fairly simple, with one transparent, 26 pixel panel at the top with fairly standard applets. I have composting turned on. Currently my favorite Xfce theme is Zukitwo, but the latest Zukitwo has stopped the window buttons from being transparent. I copy it from my other installs instead. I also add Faenza icons and use the dmz cursors. I also copy my wallpapers from my other installs.

Other gtk/xfwm themes I like are:
Adwaita-X-dark
Adwaita-X-light
Bluebird
Evolve
Greybird
MediterraneanDark/Light/Night
Orion

4. LightDM
In LightDM I turn on autologin and changed the lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf file to this:

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[greeter]
background=/usr/share/images/desktop-base/solydx-lightdmbg.png
#show-language-selector=false
theme-name=Zukitwo
icon-theme-name=Faenza-Dark
font-name= 'Droid Sans' 10
xft-antialias=true
xft-dpi=96
xft-hintstyle=slight
xft-rgba=rgb
5. Keyboard Shortcuts
In Menu->Settings->Window Manager->Keyboard I set Maximize window to <Super>Up, close window to <Primary>q, I set Tile window to the left to <Super>Left, Tile window to the right <Super>Right, and Show desktop to <Super>D.

6. Adding Repos
I changed repos to Debian Testing on this install (I'll have a more "stock" install on a different partition once the ISOs are respun). I then added the Debian bumblebee repo (suwako.nomanga.net), the liquorix repo (liquorix.net), the virtualbox repo (download.virtualbox.org), and the netflix repo (more on that later).
Here's the output of inxi -r:

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christopher@chris-laptop:~$ inxi -r
Repos:     Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list
           deb http://packages.solydxk.com/ solydxk main upstream import
           deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main contrib non-free
           deb http://security.debian.org testing/updates main contrib non-free
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/bumblebee.list
           deb http://suwako.nomanga.net/debian sid main contrib
           deb-src http://suwako.nomanga.net/debian sid main
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ehoover-compholio-debian.list
           deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ehoover/compholio/ubuntu quantal main
           deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/ehoover/compholio/ubuntu quantal main
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/liquorix.list
           deb http://liquorix.net/debian/ sid main
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/multimedia.list
           deb http://www.deb-multimedia.org testing main non-free
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list
           deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian wheezy contrib
7. Installing applications
Here's a list of apps I installed
screenfetch and archey (via http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/850)
synapse
libreoffice
wine
playonlinux
skype
geany
clamtk
xscreensaver-gl
xscreensaver-gl-extra
xscreensaver-data-extra
ttf-mscorefonts-installer
linux-image-liquorix-amd64 (from liquorix repo)
virtualbox-4.2 (from virtualbox repo)
netflix-desktop (again later)
conky

8. ~/.bashrc
In my bashrc I added the following lines (I'm lazy and don't like to type much :lol: )

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install screenfetch and archey via http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/850
Add the following to ~/.bashrc:
alias update='sudo apt-get update'
alias upgrade='sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade'
alias dist-upgrade='sudo apt-get dist-upgrade'
alias install='sudo apt-get install'
alias remove='sudo apt-get remove'
alias purge='sudo apt-get --purge remove'
alias aptitude='sudo aptitude'
alias autoremove='sudo apt-get autoremove'
alias cache='sudo apt-cache'
alias policy='apt-cache policy'
alias search='apt-cache search'
alias sn='sudo nano'
screenfetch
9. Conky
I used conky and the instructions from here: http://satya164.deviantart.com/art/Conk ... -245432929

10. Netflix
I installed netflix using the instructions here: http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=23958

11. Guake-like Xfce Terminal
With the latest Xfce terminal (which is in SolydX), you can have guake-like functionality. Here are the instructions: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/01/how-to-u ... -drop.html

This took a lot longer than I expected; I started customizing around 4:00 and it's now 10:00 :lol: .
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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby GeneC » 26 Feb 2013 12:17

cwwgateway wrote:[...]
4. LightDM
In LightDM I turn on autologin and changed the lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf file to this:

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[greeter]
background=/usr/share/images/desktop-base/solydx-lightdmbg.png
#show-language-selector=false
theme-name=Zukitwo
icon-theme-name=Faenza-Dark
font-name= 'Droid Sans' 10
xft-antialias=true
xft-dpi=96
xft-hintstyle=slight
xft-rgba=rgb
Good tips CWW... :)

You jogged my old memory with your post. Yes, by 'tweaking' the lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf you can easily modify your login screen..

Here: (to change background)

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background=/usr/share/images/desktop-base/solydx-lightdmbg.png
Just change the solydx-lightdmbg.png with another background pic.
(Either add new pics to /usr/share/images/desktop-base/, OR: change the path.
5. Keyboard Shortcuts
In Menu->Settings->Window Manager->Keyboard I set Maximize window to <Super>Up, close window to <Primary>q, I set Tile window to the left to <Super>Left, Tile window to the right <Super>Right, and Show desktop to <Super>D.
Those are good, two others I use:
[command in (xx) ]
  • Close Frozen Programs (xkill) = F12
    Start Screensaver (xscreensaver-command -activate) = F8
Thanks for sharing.
Looking forward to seeing more from others.
You can NEVER have too many tweaks..

OH! one other real important tweak.... :ugeek:
After spending hours making all those tweaks.. Protect them..
Make a backup!! I always use Clonezilla.

Tutorial:
http://clonezilla.org/show-live-doc-con ... disk_image
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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby cwwgateway » 26 Feb 2013 20:16

GeneC wrote: Thanks for sharing.
Looking forward to seeing more from others.
You can NEVER have too many tweaks..

OH! one other real important tweak.... :ugeek:
After spending hours making all those tweaks.. Protect them..
Make a backup!! I always use Clonezilla.

Tutorial:
http://clonezilla.org/show-live-doc-con ... disk_image
I'd like to see some KDE tweaks - if I'm going to try SolydK, I need to be able to tweak it nicely. The only problem with tweaks is you can sometimes get so heavily tweaked that things break.

I'm going to have to try out clonezilla; I have an external hard drive that has lots of space on it (I have my files backed up, but not the whole system).
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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby GeneC » 26 Feb 2013 21:10

cwwgateway wrote:[...]
I'm going to have to try out clonezilla; I have an external hard drive that has lots of space on it (I have my files backed up, but not the whole system).
cww

The first time you use Clonezilla is just a tad confusing.. Lots of text to read, but you mostly use the defaults. 2nd time you use it, you just breeze right through. From then on, you don't even pay attention. Give good descriptions to your clones, with recent additions, changes, et. It comes in handy, if you want to re-install something particular.
Takes about 10 minutes, to clone and about the same to restore a partition.
Must have used it 100 times, and never had a failure.
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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby zerozero » 26 Feb 2013 23:06

cwwgateway wrote:I'd like to see some KDE tweaks - if I'm going to try SolydK
i might put something together later next week (really short of time until then :oops: ) but won't be as systematic as Gene's (i wish i was this organized :lol: )
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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby greywolf » 19 Mar 2013 05:37

Hey GeneC, I don't remember giving you permission to use a photo of me as your wallpaper?! :) Ahh, it'sOK I guess!

I noticed you install gedit. I know it is a really nice editor - designing web pages is a snap with a couple of the useful addins you can get. Just thought I would mention though, there is another gtk editor that not a lot of folk talk about called "medit" in the repos. It too is a really quite powerful/flexible editor in the same vane. The great advantage I have found with it is that it is gtk dependent only, not gnome dependent. Therefore, on systems like Xfce, it has a much smaller foorprint than gedit and performs equally as well in most areas. Worth having a "lean & mean" look at it!

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ps: if I ever get a moment to get organized, I will post my own (extensive) tweaks.
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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby GeneC » 19 Mar 2013 11:30

greywolf wrote:Hey GeneC, I don't remember giving you permission to use a photo of me as your wallpaper?! :) Ahh, it'sOK I guess!
:lol:
Actually that is your 'cousin' Mysterious Wolf from Canada. Are there wolves in OZ?
[rimg]http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/4716 ... lfwide.jpg[/rimg]

I change wallpapes often, but always seem to come back to that one.
I noticed you install gedit. I know it is a really nice editor - designing web pages is a snap with a couple of the useful addins you can get. Just thought I would mention though, there is another gtk editor that not a lot of folk talk about called "medit" in the repos. It too is a really quite powerful/flexible editor in the same vane. The great advantage I have found with it is that it is gtk dependent only, not gnome dependent. Therefore, on systems like Xfce, it has a much smaller foorprint than gedit and performs equally as well in most areas. Worth having a "lean & mean" look at it!

cheers,
Greywolf.
Thanks for that, I will take a look. Actually gedit has an annoying bug. When I open a file with it to edit (as root) it opens that file, but also another blank one, that has to be closed as well.. :x
ps: if I ever get a moment to get organized, I will post my own (extensive) tweaks.
You can never have too many tweaks.... :lol:
Looking forwards to learning new ones...
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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby GeneC » 19 Mar 2013 11:46

I noticed you install gedit. I know it is a really nice editor - designing web pages is a snap with a couple of the useful addins you can get. Just thought I would mention though, there is another gtk editor that not a lot of folk talk about called "medit" in the repos. It too is a really quite powerful/flexible editor in the same vane. The great advantage I have found with it is that it is gtk dependent only, not gnome dependent. Therefore, on systems like Xfce, it has a much smaller foorprint than gedit and performs equally as well in most areas. Worth having a "lean & mean" look at it!

cheers,
Greywolf.


Thanks for that, I will take a look. Actually gedit has an annoying bug. When I open a file with it to edit (as root) it opens that file, but also another blank one, that has to be closed as well..
Well, looks like I found a replacement for gedit. Just installed medit and prefer it. No bug, and built in terminal.. :)
Very Nice. Thanks for the tip,Greywolf.

http://mooedit.sourceforge.net/
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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby cwwgateway » 19 Mar 2013 12:29

Gene, I just removed the repeated post.

I'll also have to look at medit. I need a better text editor (geany isn't really equipped for normal text editing).
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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby GeneC » 19 Mar 2013 12:33

2nd time I did that today... :oops:
Forums were slow and hit 'submit' too often. Bad habit I have (impatience)... :lol:
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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby cwwgateway » 19 Mar 2013 12:39

Yeah, the forums have been a bit slow. I just watch the firefox tab where it as a spinny circle and says "connecting"
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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby longtom » 19 Mar 2013 13:56

GeneC wrote:
Well, looks like I found a replacement for gedit. Just installed medit and prefer it. No bug, and built in terminal.. :)
Very Nice. Thanks for the tip,Greywolf.

http://mooedit.sourceforge.net/
Just to throw another spanner in the works I love geany as well ... ;)
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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby Nomen Nescio » 03 Nov 2013 23:29

Simple wallpaper changer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL9uVT8D6k4

Because my wallpapers are not that orderly arranged, changed it a little bit:

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#!/bin/bash
# video demo at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL9uVT8D6k4
xfconf-query -c xfce4-desktop -p /backdrop/screen0/monitor0/image-path -s "$(find ~/Pictures/Wallpapers/ -type f -iregex '.*\.\(bmp\|gif\|jpg\|png\)$' | shuf -n 1)"
In combination with keyboard shortcut.


For Pomodori technique or other time(management) related stuff:

http://goodies.xfce.org/projects/panel- ... out-plugin

Unfortunately could not get it to work on SolydX, although I was able to compile it but it didn' t seem to install.

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tatxen
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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby tatxen » 30 Jan 2014 17:42

Great job, you copy some tweaks. Where is emerald? I can't find it and the gtk window decorator for compiz does not work fine at all.
thank you
Dell Vostro 1700 64bits 4Gb SolidX 64bits
EeePC 1015PW 64bits 2Gb SolidX 32bits
Raspberry PI 3b SolydX custom

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Re: My SolydX "Tweaks" after initial install.

Postby soundsfromsound » 02 Feb 2014 23:46

GeneC wrote:Lots of folks choose the XFCE desktop because of it 'lightness' over other popular desktops, such as KDE and Gnome.
I actually have it set up so this its functionally the equivalent of the great old "Gnome 2.3 Desktop" that we all know and love.... :P
What dock are you using in that picture? It looks sweet!



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