OT: way to make windows less obnoxious?
o.sinclair at gmail.com
Wed Dec 27 06:32:10 UTC 2006
That was a whole bunch of issues so I will top-post a few hints;
for changing Windows look go find Windowblinds or Object Desktop (just
google). You should find just about every issue you raised there,
taskbars, look/feel etc. And there is a free version of Windowblinds
As for "not messing up XP install" in my experience it is pretty
riskfree, I never had a problem. But do burn the recovery CDs, they
should assist you to reinstall XP but will likely overwrite Kubuntu.
As for the rest, battery etc etc, either go through
ubuntuforums/kubuntuforums or simply give it a go. The LiveCD might
help. And btw - I would go Dapper, not Edgy... even if Edgy is supposed
to be better with laptops.
D. Michael McIntyre wrote:
> I got a laptop for Christmas. To my disdain, there are a few reasons why I'm
> going to leave Windows on this thing and set it up to dual boot. It makes me
> a little nauseous, but there it is. I've sure given Linux more than a fair
> shake, and there are a couple of things I just never have been able to do.
> Sigh. I would never go buy a copy of Windows, but since I have it....
> I'm coming at this as somebody who has been running KDE since 2001. I've
> never used XP for any length of time, and I like it that way. The most
> amusing thing to me is seeing how a lot of the things that have happened to
> KDE in the last while look just like Windows XP. HAL/whatever and that
> little hardware detection "Removeable Dongle Detected, what do you want to do
> with it?" dialog box came right out of Windows, didn't they?
> That actually makes it seem a little more homey from my perspective, even
> though I'm doing it all backwards.
> I could make it more homey if I could solve any of these problems:
> 1) Can XP have more than one desktop?
> 2) Can XP have a real taskbar?
> 3) Can I PLEASE give this hideous looking pile of crap some window decorations
> that look more like Glow or Plastik or even Keramik? PLEASE? OMG the window
> decorations that come out of the box are HIDEOUS!! and the only choice out of
> the box is to pick a more Windows 95 looking set, which are only mildly less
> disturbing to behold. (If I want to install more using the provided
> mechanism, I need to break out my wallet and pay money for more window
> decorations. What bullshit. I'm sure there are free window decorations out
> there, and 90-100% of them probably come bundled with some kind of spyware or
> something. Ugh. I've seen lots of spam emails with .EXE files that want me
> to install some cool emoticons or what have you. Suuuuuure. I have been
> grateful that .EXE files didn't work on Linux, because of all the damage my
> stupid users could do with that power, and I suspect for good reason.)
> I actually started looking into running KDE on Windows, but the projects I
> found all look old and out of date, and I figure that's a futile avenue to
> pursue. I did outfit this pile of monkey giblets with Cygwin, the GIMP, and
> OO.o. If I could put KMail and Konqueror on there it would *almost* be
> usable, but I guess that's too much to hope for.
> While I'm at it, how do I put Kubuntu on this bucket of pus without screwing
> up the factory install of XP for which I have no CDs? I was prompted to burn
> a recovery DVD when I turned it on for the first time, but I have no idea if
> I can reinstall with that or not. I imagine not. As much as it pains me to
> need Windows, I really do. I've been sitting here looking at a $250
> Mindstorms NXT kit for six months that I haven't been able to do anything
> with yet, for example. (I bought it because the NQC guy made it sound like
> NQC would work with NXT before NXT even came out. So much for that. It
> still doesn't work as of a month ago or so, the last time I looked.)
> I know all of this is totally off-topic, so please reply off-list. I'm coming
> here because I'm already here. I sure as hell don't want to go find some
> Windows-oriented mailing list and ask for help trying to manage using the
> putrid reeking mass of rotten gopher intestines as though it were a real
> desktop environment running on a real OS. They'd just start yelling at me,
> and telling me how stupid I am for not loving the Teletubby interface, or the
> broken taskbar, or the single why the hell doesn't Windows have more than one
> And ON topic... How do I deal with the wireless on this thing and all the
> battery management stuff if and when I do put Kubuntu on here? It's a crappy
> laptop from Wal-Mart. Everex. VIA C7 1.5 GHz, 512 MB. I figure it's going
> to be hell when I try to boot Kubuntu on here, but I guess I will try it in
> six hours, when this virus scan finally finishes.
> Virus scan.
> I'm expecting the wireless won't work without much pain. That's my impression
> from investigating the possibility of moving my all-Linux network wireless.
> So maybe I should get one of those external radio repeater dongles that hooks
> to the machine with a good ol' cat-5 cable, and forget about trying to get
> its 802.11/g thingie to work?
> I guess we'll boot it and find out. I currently don't have wireless working
> under Windows either, since I don't have a wireless broadcaster thingie. But
> I really don't want to have to keep dragging this thing around tied to a
> wall, and want to get that working on at least one of the operating systems.
> Ramble ramble ramble, I could go STFW and try to do my own digging, but I've
> answered a lot more than I've asked over the years, and I feel like being a
> lazy bastard, and asking people to please give me some free answers.
> Happy new year.
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