[ubuntu-uk] Greetings...

TheVeech theveech at gmail.com
Mon Mar 19 10:57:57 GMT 2007

On Mon, 2007-03-19 at 07:04 +0000, Tony Arnold wrote:
> TheVeech wrote:
> > On Sun, 2007-03-18 at 23:11 +0000, Tony Arnold wrote:
> >> Dean,
> >>
> >> Dean Sas wrote:
> >>> Tony Arnold wrote:
> >>>>> Chris Rowson wrote:
> >>>>>> When I open a file, often it comes up behind the browser
instead of in
> >>>>>> front.  How do I remedy this, please.  Being a thickie, I
forget to
> >>>>>> look behind and assume that it has not been opened, so I do it
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> You don't know how freaky that is. My missus has a really
> >>>>>> habit of doing that. "Why isn't this website opening up?" she
> >>>>>> whinge.... Honestly, it's nearly as bad as being at work.....
> >>>>> And it's often due to double clicking when a singel click will
> >>> Which is down to a seemingly arbitrary set of rules to most
> >>> Single click only is the way forward.
> >> I agree, I set up Gnome on my machines that way. Except my laptop,
> >> touch pad is too sensitive!
> > 
> > Disable clicking on it.
> I didn't know I could do that! Something to play with today!

I'm still trying to find out what's common knowledge and what people
have overlooked in the Ubuntu world (for a future project).  It looks
like there is very little that everyone knows, so I'd really appreciate
it if you'd let me know how helpful you find the following, and if you
already knew any of it (apologies for the attachments, but I haven't got
the time to put up a web page right now)...

Some Laptop configs

1) Disable touchpad clicking:


My xorg.conf (Do a backup of the original first):

sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

The relevant bit:

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier      "Synaptics Touchpad"
        Driver          "synaptics"
        Option          "SendCoreEvents"        "true"
        Option          "Device"                "/dev/psaux"
        Option          "Protocol"              "auto-dev"
        Option          "HorizScrollDelta"      "0"
#new stuff
        Option          "SHMConfig"             "on"
        Option          "TappingOff"            "1"
        Option          "MaxTapTime"            "0"

Restart X, reboot, or whatever, and you should be good to go!

You might also want to try

It was in the repositories last time I looked.  It's a bit unnecessary,
though, because the above should do it.

2) Making the most of screen space

Seeing as though you use a laptop, you might also benefit from the

Here's a (cropped) screenshot of my Desktop to give you
some ideas for modifying yours.  You'll notice I've only got one panel,
but it works quite well.

First off, I unlocked all the essential bits of the bottom panel, moved
them to the top one, and then deleted the bottom panel.

Then I changed the Ubuntu menu with (IIRC) the 'main menu' option in the
'add to panel' dialogue - See:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Applets .

I also used a number of drawers (see second screenshot) for my main
applications (if you look closely, you'll see on a few of the panel
icons a small black blob at about 7 o'clock - they're the drawers.

I set the all my system fonts to 7 points
System > Preferences > Font

Then I set the size of the panel to 18 (right-click on the panel and
select 'properties').

Then, I just experimented with the options until I got what I wanted.

It looks very cramped when you've been using the default set up, but
once you get accustomed to a set up like this, everything's nice and
close together.

3) Desktop icons

If you want to enable desktop icons for your 'home', 'document, and
'trash' icons, try this:

Open Terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and type:

In this program, go to:
apps > nautilus > desktop

Tick whatever icons you want to show on your desktop.

> Regards,
> Tony.
> -- 
> Tony Arnold, IT Security Coordinator, University of Manchester,
> IT Services Division, Kilburn Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13
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