#! works for me because:
1. "Lite", it does not use up all memory just to run iceweasel, perfect for the netbook.
2. Debian based.
3. Great forums and support, plus I saw a presentation on it.
4. Everything "just works", have yet to have a major problem.
Best distro I have yet to use...
Many people like to use "Start" menus for many reasons (New to Linux from windows, convenience, and NOT wearing out the right clicker on a laptop).
I needed a menu button in my panel for the last reason stated above, but I fif not want to have to install XFCE4 panel, or lxpanel. I wanted something I could use with tint2, such as the existing OpenBox menu. So after an hour or so, I came up with a solution.
In order to open the menu, we need to simulate a right click or super key+space.
xdotool does the trick. (less than 200KB)
We create a .desktop file that executes xdotool super+space.
Add launcher (.desktop) to tint2 config.
When you click on the icon, xdotool simulates a super+space, and the menu open up where the mouse cursor is.
First we need to install xdotool.
sudo apt-get install xdotool
Once done, test it. A menu should pop up.
xdotool key super+space
Now we have to create a . desktop file in /usr/share/applications called menu.desktop.
gksudo geany /usr/share/applications/menu.desktop
Once open, paste the following in and save.
[Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=Tint2 Openbox Menu Comment=Tint2 Openbox Menu Hack X-GNOME-FullName=Openbox Menu Exec=xdotool key super+space Terminal=false X-MultipleArgs=false Type=Application Icon=mousepad Categories=Menu; MimeType= StartupNotify=true
Open your tint2 config and make sure Launchers are enabled.
# Panel panel_monitor = all panel_position = bottom center horizontal #Make sure that "L" is directly below. panel_items = LTSC panel_size = 100% 30 panel_margin = 0 -1
Now locate the Launchers and add:
launcher_item_app = /usr/share/applications/menu.desktop
It should look something like this:
# Each launcher_item_app must be a full path to a .desktop file launcher_item_app = /usr/share/applications/menu.desktop launcher_item_app = /usr/share/applications/terminator.desktop launcher_item_app = /usr/share/applications/iceweasel.desktop
Now restart tint2, and you should see a "diamond with gears."
When you click the icon, the Openbox menu will popup, and your set.
Hello to all the #! users out there in #! land!!! I am very happy with my new favorite distro.
I have been using linux for +- 10 years now, and more recently, looking for a simple and "lite" linux for my netbook. Installed #! on the morning of LFNW (Linuxfest Northwest), went to a talk on #! by Larry Cafiero, and that sealed the deal. Everything worked out of the box, except for wireless (a little time on the Debian wiki fixed that). It runs great!! Its fast, RAM resourceful, and highly configurable. Great for me, not so much "user fluff". Within the first 48 hours, I got a "Start menu" on tint2.
Looking forward to being apart of the #! community.