Elementary OS certainly does a nice design number on the desktop. Unfortunately I think some of their decisions are inane and stupid. Needless to say, I need not use Elementary OS. So instead I will be inspired. I think the result is quite pretty.
I did a little redesign of my Openbox interface, switched to a double panel (xfce4-panel) set-up, and made the system tray translucent, and also not reserve space, so windows can go behind it, so I have full use of my screen still. The left-side panel was elementary/osx/unity inspired, but catered to my needs.
I'd been using the bunsen GTK theme, but there are still some issues with some GTK3 apps and black backgrounds/black foregrounds and almost unreadable text, notably in the Gnome Image Viewer (eog) properties panel. So I'm now using "uncomplicated" which is pretty similar in a lot of ways and has good GTK2/GTK3 support.
I downloaded skippy-xd for some expose like window management features, combined it with cb-hotcorners, and also configured manual tiliing in a bit more detail since I'm not using a panel app for showing which windows I have open. The client window and workspace previews are generally sufficient. Also: monotasking.
Damo and Rex, I've played with Blender before but recently I've come to realize it's the only really stable, mature video editor in Linux. Have either of you guys used the sequence editing features? If so I'm really interested in what documentation or tutorials you got started with.
This is already part of openbox. I believe it's part of the default configuration in Crunchbang/BunsenLabs. I also think it is already set-up to super+left/right as well... It is on my set-ups anyway.
The relevant bit of rc.xml: Should go in the <keyboard></keyboard> section.
<!-- A bit of tiling --> <keybind key="W-Right"> <action name="GrowToEdgeEast"/> </keybind> <keybind key="W-Left"> <action name="GrowToEdgeWest"/> </keybind> <keybind key="W-Down"> <action name="GrowToEdgeSouth"/> </keybind> <keybind key="W-Up"> <action name="GrowToEdgeNorth"/> </keybind> <keybind key="W-A-Left"> <action name="Execute"> <command>cb-aerosnap --left</command> </action> </keybind> <keybind key="W-A-Right"> <action name="Execute"> <command>cb-aerosnap --right</command> </action> </keybind> <keybind key="W-A-c"> <action name="UnmaximizeHorz"/> <action name="UnmaximizeVert"/> <action name="MoveResizeTo"> <width>70%</width> <height>70%</height> <x>center</x> <y>center</y> </action> </keybind>
I changed from Tint2 to xfce4-panel because of some weird freeze going on in the interplay between tint2 and ibus. I like this better for the most part anyway... except in order to use my root menu from openbox I had to leave the edges of the panel at less than 100% width to get the right clickety.
I didn't know about apt-listchanges. Good to keep in mind.
I typically change DEs every few months, and I always have a back-up DE for when something isn't working appropriately. I was on Openbox for about 4 months, XFCE for 2, and just switched to KDE with mostly GTK applications (weird but surprisingly awesome).
I expected there might be things to watch out for like x.org updates. I suppose I should watch out for major DE updates too.
Everything usually gets settled in within about a week's time right?
For those of you who run Debian sid or a derivative of Debian sid.
How often do you run upgrades? Do you modify that interval during periods of high development like post-release? I'm considering switching from Ubuntu to Sid for my production machine and I'm curious about the lifecycle of the wild creature that is Sid and its habits.
Download the script and have a look at its contents. It should open in any text editor. Everything is open here. If you prefer to manually configure your system in accordance with the design of BunsenLabs that is the way to go. If any of the particular items are confusing, feel free to open a thread and ask for guidance on their meaning/effect.
Regarding keybinding... What determines what application has priority if two applications share the same keybinding? I've been wondering about this for a while...
for example: Inkscape has a keybinding to bring up alignment properties with ctrl+shift+a but say I set openbox to launch audacious on ctrl+shift+a, which gets priority and why?
I would suggest buying a windows installation CD, but presumably your netbook doesn't have an optical drive. Still, you could use an external USB optical drive. Depending on the model's specs it may be hard to install a version of windows that is available for sale today.
I hadn't realized so many projects were porting to QT... that's surprising to me, but interesting. IIRC one of the main reasons a lot of application developers preferred GTK was the localization and accessibility advantages it offered. There may not be as much of a gap anymore, I'm remembering a debate from like 5 years ago.