robinmenneer at gmail.com
Tue Mar 20 14:55:50 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
> > 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
Yes, I've gone into gconf-editor only to be told that *if you are not
an experienced user do not use Config Editor to set performance for
the Gnome desktop. instead use the preference tools in the Gnome
Desktop*. That scared me off. Cruising around the advice about
panels, windows &c, a lot of it seems tempting for me to configure my
desktop as I would like it BUT there is no facility for split-screen
working where I can see the instructions at the same time as carrying
them out, AND I can't remember from one screen to another without
making errors. AND there's the advice not to do it. Robin
> > 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.
> Tony Arnold, IT Security Coordinator, University of Manchester,
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