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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:9478 | -finid, July 7, 2013

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:9464 | -finid, April 19, 2012

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:9254 | -finid, May 31, 2012

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:9238 | -falko, August 10, 2011

Display Google Gadgets in Gnome 3 with Screenlets

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One of the cool features of Screenlets is the ability to display widgets from a wide range of tools, including Google Gadgets. With its simple conversion feature, Screenlets allows you to easily place Google Gadgets on your Gnome 3 desktop. The following instructions show you how this can be done. read more...
permapage | score:9163 | -mcasperson, July 11, 2011

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:9070 | -gg234, June 19, 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:9069 | -finid, July 9, 2013

How to install Gnome Shell in Ubuntu 11.10

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GNOME Shell is the defining technology of the GNOME 3 user experience. It provides core interface functions like switching to windows and launching applications. GNOME Shell takes advantage of the capabilities of modern graphics hardware and introduces innovative user interface concepts to provide a delightful and easy to use experience. read more...
permapage | score:8965 | -gg234, October 7, 2011

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:8902 | -finid, May 30, 2013

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:8878 | -mcasperson, June 17, 2011

Cinnamon and GNOME 3

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Cinnamon is another attempt to make the GNOME 3 desktop acceptable to those in the community who have so far refused to have an unpalatable substance rammed down their throats. While MATE is a fork of GNOME 2,

Cinnamon is a fork of GNOME 3 Shell. And though better than the other attempts, it does not really represent a sharp break from GNOME 3 + MGSE. Imagine GNOME 3 + MGSE without the Applications view or menu, and you have Cinnamon. read more...
permapage | score:8878 | -finid, January 3, 2012

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:8850 | -mcasperson, August 12, 2011

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:8765 | -mcasperson, July 7, 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:8759 | -mcasperson, June 16, 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:8693 | -mcasperson, June 6, 2011

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:8687 | -gg234, April 12, 2011

ROSA Desktop 2012 GNOME alpha

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The GNOME 3 edition is a community edition, not officially supported by ROSA Laboratory, though the same developers working on the officially-supported desktop editions are also responsible for this community edition. read more...
permapage | score:8643 | -finid, December 15, 2012

Sabayon 9 KDE and GNOME preview

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Sabayon is a rolling-release distribution, so existing users do not have to reinstall to get the latest core and applications of a Sabayon release. That is one of the best features of the distribution. read more...
permapage | score:8617 | -finid, June 13, 2012

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:8604 | -mcasperson, June 10, 2011

GNOME 3 Classic is more of a hybrid desktop

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But I found out while testing the main edition of Fedora 19 that it is far from a traditional desktop interface. That it is more like a hybrid desktop interface – a fusion of what could be considered a traditional desktop interface and the GNOME Shell. read more...
permapage | score:8576 | -finid, July 11, 2013
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