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Getting rid of ugly windows in Openbox – part 3 (Qt)

It’s been a while, sorry about that, I’ve been really busy lately. Anyway, let’s end turning our Openbox beautiful ^^

So, I’ve done Gtk 3.0 and Gtk 2.0. Now onto Qt – KDE stuff ;)

I’m not sure if I have this because I use some KDE apps (like Okular for example) or if it was already in my system, but anyway I used Qt Configuration for this.

Anyway, the important part – to start Qt Configuration – just go to the terminal or click Alt-F2 and type qtconfig – and that’s it, you’re done, now have fun wit stuff ^^

I made my KDE apps look like my Gnome ones selecting Gtk+ on the GUI style, but you have several options to customize everything as you want.

 


Gnome-Pie in Arch/ Openbox

Gnome-Pie ^^

So, maybe you’ve heard of Gnome-Pie, maybe you haven’t… On a really summed up note, it’s menus which are activated via keybindings.

There’s a video demonstrating it here.

Anyways, it’s really useful and pretty and you should know by now, I’m a sucker for pretty and cute things ;P

This website has a pretty useful guide here, but for those who don’t understand portuguese or who are having problems, let me help you then :)

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Getting rid of ugly windows in Openbox – part 2 (Gtk 2.0)

In order to edit the look of the majority of things I use which are based in Gtk 2.0, I use a program called LXAppearance.

It’s available on the community repos so you don’t need to go look for it in aur.

Just type

sudo pacman -S lxappearance

in the terminal and you’re done.

This program can manage themes, colours, icons, mouse cursor, fonts and some other extras and it’s really really useful.

That’s it for now – once I find out how to edit Qt stuff I’ll be back on this :)


Rebooting and Shutting Down on Openbox

Probably the biggest setback for me when I changed to Openbox was the lack of Power Off Commands such as Shutting Down and Rebooting (and suspending as well but I haven’t really solved that one yet). So I’ll share how I solved the problem in my case.

Edit: Suspend and Hibernate added ^^

Edit 2: code changed by wordpress so the original is here.

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Alt-F2 on Openbox

gmrun

So, many of you are probably used to the usefulness of the Alt-F2 command in Gnome (and in KDE too I believe) which runs a sort of popup terminal and may be sad to find out it doesn’t exist natively on Openbox. However, it’s pretty easy to have it, so let’s see.

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Knowing system info on Arch Linux

archey

I’ve always been controling my system information through conky because I’ve configured it to tell me basically all I want to know. However there are alternatives to conky if it’s a punctual thing.

I use archey (available on aur: yaourt -S archey ) and it really sums things up in a beautiful way. There are other programs out there which share the same function as archey, like alsi (for example) and others.

So, that’s it. Any questions, feel free to ask ^^


Getting rid of ugly windows in Openbox – part 1 (Gtk 3.0)

My nautilus in Openbox

If you’ve just installed Openbox you’ll notice the ugly windows (Windows 95 like -.-) and such.

Well there’s a *simple* solution for that (well a set of them).

For starters, I use nautilus as a file manager and it’s based on Gtk 3.0. There isn’t really anything out there to edit Gtk 3.0 settings (at least that I know of) so I’ve searched and finally found a solution.

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Changing Wallpaper on Openbox

My desktop’s new look ^^

So, as I was changing wallpapers I realized I never posted anything about it. In Openbox, there isn’t really a manager that does that for us (like in Gnome, KDE or XFCE, …) so I use feh. It’s light, easy and it works fine. Only thing is – it’s via terminal.

But it’s really easy to use. Let’s see…

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Arch/ Openbox – setting default applications

So… I really like Openbox but one of my initial problems was opening stuff in Chromium – it would open in Firefox and I was like “what the hell? o_o”..

After searching for a bit, I found the solution, which I will now share with who is interested – this not only allows to choose the application in which files will open in Chromium, but it will also allow you to set the default application to always open that kind of file.

So let’s see more action, less talk.

1. Install the package perl-file-mimeinfo from the repositories

Open terminal and write

sudo pacman -S perl-file-mimeinfo

2. In terminal, invoke the mimeopen command like this:

mimeopen -d /path/to/file

Example:

3. You’ll be asked which application you wish to use to open that kind of file.

Example:

4. Either select the number corresponding to one of the apps listed or pick the last number – other – and insert the command you want. The command is usually just the name of the program you want – I could’ve typed just “sonata” (without the “) for example, and my mp3 files would open with sonata.

Example:

Hope this helped ^^ If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I’ll answer :3

 


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