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#1 Re: CrunchBang Talk » Why Thunar? » 2013-12-15 21:16:00

Custom actions is the appeal behind Thunar, in my opinion, and only one reason I use it, but a major reason.  I upgraded my Thunar in Waldorf to 1.6.2 - its clean and easy and classy.  I've used many file managers in the past but no matter the distro, I would install Thunar (unless it was already the default file manager, of course)... so that now it is a "must have" for me...

#2 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » LibreOffice 4.1 problem [Solved] » 2013-11-30 20:41:29

Just wanted to add the below in case anyone is struggling to install LO4 on Waldorf - I installed LO4.1.2.3 in the below manner on one of my #! machines (without first purging LO3) and everything worked fine...

Add the below to /etc/apt/sources.list
## Backports
deb wheezy-backports main

Then sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -t wheezy-backports install libreoffice

A side note, the icons are in a different location between LO3 and LO4... I use custom icons, so when I ran LO4, I was confused to see the standard icons and not the custom icons I use.  Some poking around revealed they were in a different location for LO4 on my machine...

LO3 icons located here

LO4 icons located here

Its not the ultimate latest and greatest, but close enough, LO  smile

I use the new flat icon set for LO, it goes really nice with #! - you can see samples here... … t_icon_set

And you can download them from here...
wget …

I just renamed the exising in the LO icon loation and then renamed to and moved it to same location.  LO looks great now, has same look and feel as Waldorf...

#3 Re: Feedback & Suggestions » Great distro, needs default DE » 2013-11-27 16:05:51

saneks - yes, alt+f3 is an option (and a very nice one), but hard on the eyes and a bit too confusing for new initiates... its not obvious how to use, and the font is too small... even on a sizeable monitor its hard on older eyes... not all of us using #! out there are "young whipper snappers", lol...  smile  With alt+f3 if you type "libre" for libreoffice, it doesn't sort out each component of libreoffice, such as writer, calc, etc.  With alt+f2 we can enter libreoffice -writer to launch just writer (which a new user doesn't know, most likely, because they are used to clicking menu items and icons to launch apps), or enter libreoffice into alt+f2 to get the libreoffice launch screen where we can choose write, calc, etc... with kupfer the user can type libroffice and arrow down to see all the libreoffice compomnents... or they can just type the word writer and there it is...  I'm not saying we need to configure #! for simpletons, but just a little something to help new initiates find programs with a bit more ease until they learn other ways of doing the same.  And offering to install kupfer during startup script seems nice.  Once the user launches it, there is a little settings icon to the right which is obvious, then the user can tweak kupfer as they like, enable or disable plugins as needs, which folders to index, etc...  There are many skill levels of users when it comes to linux.  Someone who wants to take their learning further, say, someone who uses linux mint with cinnamon or with xfce, they may think they know a thing or two about linux, even be proud of what they know... but when faced with openbox for the first time, that can be quite daunting.  That doesn't mean the user is an idiot, it just means they are lost and on unfamiliar ground and even for reading informational docs they might just give up.  A carrot at the end of a stick usually works really well.  In my experience, if users have a way to easily launch programs, then they can transition to other methods once they learn more and feel more comfortable, and eventually will not need such a cruch.  Just my two cents and a lot of years working with businesses and enterprise systems...  I like kupfer and use it when I am feeling lazy, lol... but I tend to use alt+f2... keeps my memory sharp, having to remeber program names...  smile

#4 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » Stop bandwidth throttling on Youtube-enjoy much faster loading videos » 2013-11-26 23:48:19

This TOALLY worked for me - my isp throttles all youtube content - now I can watch youtube, FINALLY... I have a slow connection to begin with, but throw in throttling by isp, youtube was unwatchable... PAST TENSE... thanks for great tip...!!!

#5 Re: Feedback & Suggestions » Great distro, needs default DE » 2013-11-26 23:07:44

#! is perfect the way it is (well, almost).  I love openbox because there IS no desktop - I never kept anything on my desktop even when I used other distros like ubuntu and mint.  Having a desktop is a distraction, IMHO.  I think if there was something that could be done to help those who are new to openbox, is maybe in the #! startup script have an option for the user to install something like kupfer launcher, which would make it a LOT easier for people not familiar to alt+f2 (and who don't memorize program names like the rest of us geeks) to at least find apps with some ease during their transition to openbox.  Just a thought.  kupfer is fairly light and its intuative and tweakable... just need to make sure in the startup script some verbiage is thrown in to tell the user HOW to initiate the kupfer interface, of course, lol.  The only criticism I have with #! is the thunar version, which is pretty aged.  I upgraded to thunar 1.6.2 and now my #! is perfect.  thunar is an awesome file manager, but the 1.2.3 ver of thunar that ships with waldorf is just a little too "old school" for me.  I could live with it, but I access a lot of samba shares during my day (I use #! for business and pleasure) and so to not have my mounted shares show in thunar 1.2.3 in the left pane as they do in thunar 1.6.2 was an annoyance for me.  Easy enough to fix, though - found good instructions on this forum how to do upgrade thunar version...  smile

#6 Re: CrunchBang Talk » Why do you use #!Crunchbang » 2013-11-26 22:41:12

I've been looking for a debian based distro that's not bloated (like ubuntu and its derivatives tend to be), something that is simple, elegant, light and fast which requires a bit of thinking and interaction to use, but not so much so that it makes it unusable for day-to-day tasks - both for personal and profeessional use.  Something that does 99% of what I want out of the box with an uncluttered desktop environment, as is openbox.  I've been using linux for 13 years now (my introduction to linux was Corel linux, which was debian based), have tried a lot of distros across the years, and when I finally decided to give #! a spin, its was like *ahhhhhh*...  My thanks to one and all who have worked so hard on this distro.  I love that I can configure it anyway I like, but I supposed that can be said of all linux distros...  #! is awesome, though, and stands out - and IMHO the Waldorf theme for openbox is very classy...

#7 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » How to - Install Thunar 1.6.2 » 2013-11-25 17:00:29


Thanks for instructions - worked like a charm on the first try...

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