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StartOS 6 GNOME 3 and KDE preview

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The very first edition of what is now called StartOS were based on Ubuntu, but the distribution has since dumped Ubuntu to become one that is not based on any other distribution. In other words, it is now an original or independent distribution, with its own package management system. read more...
permapage | score:9691 | -finid, July 7, 2013

5 things to do after installing Fedora 19 GNOME

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The hostname defaults to localhost. If you are logged in, you can verify that by typing hostname at a shell terminal, or clicking the Details module in System Settings, where the hostname should be listed in the Device name field. read more...
permapage | score:9449 | -finid, July 9, 2013

Gnome Encfs Manager

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The Gnome Encfs Manager (or short GEncfsM) is an easy to use manager and mounter for encfs stashes featuring per-stash configuration, Gnome Keyring support, a tray menu inspired by Cryptkeeper but using the AppIndicator API and lots of unique features. Whether you want to let it do things as simple as mounting a stash at startup, which is often used in conjunction with cloud-synced folders on services like Dropbox and Ubuntu one, or whether you want to let it automatically mount and unmount your stashes on removeable drives like USB-sticks, SD cards or even network-resources, GEncfsM is designed to do all the work for you. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:9302 | -gg234, June 19, 2013

Panel-Docklet: GNOME 3 Extension

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Consequently, I have not even bothered to install a distribution running GNOME 3 in its default state on a “production” boxen, other than for review purposes only. But while preparing a review of Mageia 2, I came across an extension that could just make me a believer and user of GNOME 3. read more...
permapage | score:9103 | -finid, May 31, 2012

Fedora 17 GNOME, KDE, LXDE and Xfce beta

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Fedora 17 GNOME beta, as well as the beta of the KDE, LXDE and Xfce Spins, were released yesterday – almost two weeks past due date. This, however, is not highly unusual for the Fedora project. Unlike Ubuntu, their release schedule is not cast in concrete. They are more interested in getting stuff that works out the door, instead of shoving something out to meet a set deadline.

Even for a beta release. read more...
permapage | score:9097 | -finid, April 19, 2012

2 productivity-boosting extensions for GNOME 3

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The two extensions are the Taskbar (by zpydr), which displays icons of running applications on the top panel, showing thumbnails of those applications on hover, and Workspaces to Dock (by passingthru67), which transforms the workspaces of the overview mode into an intellihide dock. read more...
permapage | score:8960 | -finid, May 30, 2013

Placing system icons on the top bar in Gnome 3

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"System Tray" icons were a great idea in Windows 95, but over the years the concept has been abused. It's not uncommon to get a new Windows PC with a dozen system tray icons, usually serving no purpose other than to advertise the existance of the application to which the icon belongs.

Linux machines are not quite as bad, but this hasn't stopped the designers of Gnome 3 from hiding these icons in a hidden bottom bar that appears only when you move the mouse to the bottom of the screen.

If you still prefer to have these icons on the screen (and lets face it, the Gnome 3 top bar is mostly empty space anyway), you can use the icon manager extension to selectively move icons from the bottom bar to the top bar. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:8906 | -mcasperson, July 7, 2011

DesktopNova: Automatically change wallpapers on Classic Gnome Ubuntu 11.04

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DesktopNova is an application that automatically changes your desktop wallpaper after a preset period of time. It works with Gnome amd Xfce desktops. This tutorial shows how to use DesktopNova on an Ubuntu 11.04 desktop with the Classic Gnome interface. read more...
permapage | score:8859 | -falko, August 10, 2011

A system monitor applet for Gnome 3

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One of the controversial decisions made by the Gnome 3 developers was to do away with applets. For the most part I agree that applets were not very useful, but one applet I did use was the system monitor. To be able to see at a glance if the cpu or memory was being overloaded was a great convenience, and one that is sorely missed in Gnome 3.

The good news is that this new system monitor extension from paradoxxxzero brings back most of the functionality of the old Gnome 2 system monitor applet. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:8855 | -mcasperson, June 10, 2011

Use Webshots as Gnome 3 backgrounds

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The ability to use Flickr images as a background was a much advertised Gnome 3 feature that unfortunately just doesn't work in most distributions. But with a few simple hacks, it is possible to have your Gnome 3 desktop displaying Flickr images. read more...
permapage | score:8852 | -mcasperson, June 6, 2011

Install the Theme Selector Gnome Shell Extension

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Gnome 3 includes support for themes, but does not include a convenient way to select them. The Gnome Shell Theme Selector Extension by Finnbarr P. Murphy provides a simple way to change themes from the Activities screen. read more...
permapage | score:8793 | -mcasperson, June 17, 2011

Display trash, my computer icons on a Gnome desktop

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This short guide describes how you can configure your GNOME desktop to display various icons such as My Computer, Network Servers, Trash, etc. on the desktop. By default, these items are placed on one of the panels (Trash) or hidden in the Places menu. Having these icons on the desktop is useful if you switch from a Windows desktop to a GNOME desktop and are used to having them on the desktop. read more...
permapage | score:8727 | -falko, April 2, 2007

Tutorial: Enable Compiz on Fedora 16 GNOME Classic

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This tutorial shows how you can enable Compiz on a Fedora 16 GNOME classic desktop (the system must have a 3D-capable graphics card - I'm using an NVIDIA GeForce 8100 here). With Compiz you can use beautiful 3D effects like wobbly windows or a desktop cube on your desktop. I will use the free nouveau driver in this tutorial instead of the proprietary NVIDIA driver. nouveau is an accelerated Open Source driver for NVIDIA cards that comes with experimental 3D support on Fedora 16 - on my test system 3D support was working without any problems. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:8722 | -falko, December 26, 2011

GNOME 3.4 screen shots

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GNOME 3.4 was released yesterday and a Live demo ISO CD was made available shortly after. According to the Release Notes, it comes with some very cool features and the usual bugfixes. At first glance, the developers have not really changed the default look of the desktop at all. While that is still annoying, some of the new features and some enhancements to existing applications are impressive. read more...
permapage | score:8721 | -finid, April 1, 2012

Recover that friendly desktop look on Mageia 2 GNOME 3

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From my perspective, the worst culprit is GNOME 3. And though I have often criticised the default GNOME 3 interface, with a little bit of tweaking here and there, I have been able to get it to a point where I can actually use it for my daily computing tasks. It is not perfect, but much better than the default configuration. The idea is to make it look like a standard desktop that lends itself very well to using the mouse, rather than mostly to keyboard shortcuts. read more...
permapage | score:8691 | -finid, May 31, 2012

ROSA Marathon 2012 GNOME preview

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ROSA Marathon 2012 GNOME is likely the last of the enterprise-class editions to be published before the release of a personal desktop edition later this year. read more...
permapage | score:8683 | -finid, August 9, 2012

Sabayon 11 GNOME, KDE, MATE, and Xfce preview

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This article provides screen shots from test installations of the released desktop environments – GNOME 3, KDE, MATE, and Xfce. read more...
permapage | score:8651 | -finid, February 20, 2013

Tutorial: Install Gnome3 on Ubuntu 11.04, 10.10

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For GNOME 3, the GNOME Project has started from scratch and created a completely new, modern desktop designed for today’s users and technologies.This tutorial will explain how to install Gnome3 on Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty)/Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick). read more...
permapage | score:8645 | -gg234, April 12, 2011

Integrating Pidgin and Gnome 3

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As a Linux user I know that I should revel in sparse user interfaces and command line driven applications, but for my day to day communications, I prefer Pidgin over XChat. It's just more pleasant to look at, and goes beyond just IRC chat. The problem with Pidgin and Gnome 3 is that it is hard to tell when someone is trying to get your attention. The little smiley face that gets displayed on the system tray icon is lost in Gnome 3, as the icons are now hidden in a disappearing bar at the bottom of the screen. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:8639 | -mcasperson, August 12, 2011

Gnome 3 Music Player Extension

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Even though I never really warmed to Unity, I did like the way Ubuntu integrated controls for music players right into the interface. And now, thanks to a Gnome Extension from ycDref, you can have this functionality inside Gnome 3 too. read more...
permapage | score:8627 | -mcasperson, June 16, 2011
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