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
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.
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 :)
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.
Nothing special here, just installed Faenza icons, changed the color on my tint2 bar and changed wallpaper…
Anyways, on another note – my future plans…
Ubuntu 11.04 with my wallpaper ^^
So, while I haven’t convinced my dad to leave Windows yet, I’ve managed to install Ubuntu 11.04 on his laptop which leaves me really happy x)
The wallpaper was made by me and it’s my submission for Ubuntu 11.10 wallpaper contest.
If you’re not a Linux user and you’re wondering what is Ubuntu – it’s just the most popular Linux distribution out there nowadays. And it’s easy to know why – it’s got everything you need configured and ready to function. I don’t even remember the last time I had to use the terminal in Ubuntu.
For those who are trying to get rid of Windows, I’d recommend Ubuntu, definitely. Or even Kubuntu which is Ubuntu but with a different look – really pretty and a bit more Windows-like due to all the widgets and the bar at the bottom. The only catch is that either you have at least 2GB RAM or you’re gonna feel how heavy that thing is on your computer and you won’t want to try Linux ever again (which is something I want to avoid you doing).
More about Ubuntu then – there’s a new release every six months and it’s like so: 11.04, for example, it’s the release for 2011 and it’s April’s release… 11.10 would be a release later in that same year, but in October – it’s actually easy to understand. Each release brings new updates and can even bring a different, prettier look (or different managing of stuff like it happened from Ubuntu 10.10 to Ubuntu 11.04, with the introduction of Unity). You don’t have to format your computer or anything – on the update manager, when there’s a new release, it’s going to ask you to install it – it feels just like another update, but of course, with a bunch of more new stuff.
Then, from two to two years, there are the LTS releases – it’s basically a release like any other except it’s a lot more stable and the support lasts for more years.
You have an Ubuntu Software Center where you can go download the programs you need for free, or even pay for some (mostly it’s just games you’d also buy in Windows, like World of Goo for example) if you want to – it’s a bit like Apple’s App Store really.
There’s also a thing called Ubuntu One which gives 5GB of free space to keep stuff online, much like Dropbox.
I don’t remember anything else at the moment, so cya ;)
Bad news… well, maybe not for you, but for me definetely. My hard disk died… and I lost everything I’d done to my OS.. sure, I kept a small backup of college stuff.. But my Gimp stuff, it all disappeared ;___;
I’d started making a wallpaper for Ubuntu’s October release – for the contest – and it was so pretty… But I lost it x.x
I still can’t understand what happened, it’s not like I overclocked my Netbook or anything… And while I used it daily, it wasn’t intensive use really… So I can’t put my finger on what the hell happened… It’s still in warranty so I’ll make use of that, but my data… gone… forever… I seriously need to have backups of more stuff and keep it more updated…
However, despite all the drama in my heart, it can actually be considered a good thing – I was thinking of formatting my whole hard drive so I’d have a fresh clean installation and so that I’d dedicate my time to customizing Openbox once again – god I really miss it for some reason…
KDE is out of the question for me because, there’s no way I’m gonna update my RAM anytime soon, and without that, KDE is one slow DE.. XFCE was good too but I really fell in love with Openbox for some reason… I just need to get it all configured again x)
Btw, I was thinking if Arch was really the best choice for me – it’s customizable and updated however I’ve been thinking that there might be better distro choices for me. I need a simple, clean distro, easy to use and understand and, more importantly, lightweight because of my Netbook (Asus Eeepc 1005HA)… what do you recommend?