[ubuntu-uk] Greetings...

Robin Menneer robinmenneer at gmail.com
Mon Mar 19 17:44:13 GMT 2007


On 3/19/07, Tony Arnold <tony.arnold at manchester.ac.uk> wrote:
>
>
> TheVeech wrote:
>
> > 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:
> >
> > https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SynapticsTouchpad
> >
> > 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"
> > EndSection
> >
> >
> >
> > Restart X, reboot, or whatever, and you should be good to go!
>
> Did not know about the above. I'll try it as I think I would find it
> useful, especially if it means I can safely turn on single click in
> Nautilus.
> >
> > You might also want to try
> > http://gsynaptics.sourceforge.jp/
> >
> > 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
> > following.
> >
> > 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.
>
> I was aware you could do all of the above, but I've never been bothered
> by the amount of screen space available to me on my laptop. I tend to
> run most apps filling the screen available.
>
> > 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:
> > gconf-editor
> >
> > In this program, go to:
> > apps > nautilus > desktop
> >
> > Tick whatever icons you want to show on your desktop.
>
> Yes, I knew about this and have used it on all my machines.
>
> Thanks for the tips.
>
> Regards,
> Tony.
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>
Tony
Tried to use the gconf.editor but got a 'comnand not fournd' response.
Robin
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