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GNOME 3 (Fedora 15) -- background and other tweaks

Posted 06-30-2011 at 10:03 AM by kostya
Updated 07-31-2011 at 11:24 AM by kostya

OK now! Have upgraded to Fedora 15 and GNOME 3!!!

Well it's not so bad, though definitely different. One good thing I've always been looking for is a clean desktop space -- this has been achieved. A very different look and feel of the desktop has its positive sides, too. Never liked GNOME, but now I feel better about it.

Not to say that there are no problems running GNOME 3 in Fedora 15. I'll share here just solutions to the problems I haven't found yet in Internet.

1. Changing your desktop background. In Fedora default installation you can change it OK via System Settings/Background and ... the next login you'll have the same ugly blue stripes default background. Sorry, it is "ugly" from my viewpoint which I don't pretend to be absolute truth...

Anyway, how do I change my background so that it KEEPS that way????

ANSWER: after you choose a background of your choice you open your terminal application and run
Code:
$gnome-session-settings
which opens a GUI showing startup programs. In there you need to DISABLE an application called
"wallpapoz-autostart". Not sure what it's meant to do, but so far it does bring back the ugly background I wanted to get rid of.

PS: Funny thing! I just finished a fresh install of Fedora 15 to another computer and tried to apply the above given council and, alas, there was NO SUCH TOOL as `gnome-session-settings` there!
Well thankfully, however, I didn't need it this time as automatic background switcher wasn't enabled by default, so once I changed my background it remained there forever .

This change, however, was annoying in a different way: there is now NO utility to control startup programs in GNOME 3 shell, at least in Fedora 15 (by startup programs I don't mean those residing in the /etc/init.d directory, of course).

But as I'm quite enthusiastic about this brand new GNOME 3 shell I'm even using it now instead of KDE, which I've been using all the time since I first installed linux some 6-7 years ago. So, let's have some patience and wait a little bit until they adjust this new desktop to the "Linux ideology", according to which you can at least change your colors etc. For as of this writing you can't do any such thing in GNOME 3 the usual way you do it in other Desktop environments (without resorting to manual edit of the code).
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  1. Old Comment
    i think that wallpapoz is a piece of software that lets you switch your wallpapers automatically after a specific time interval....
    i think it would be better to uninstall it than running command to prevent its autostart...but if you really need it than disabling it will do
    Posted 07-04-2011 at 12:28 AM by dEnDrOn dEnDrOn is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Thanks for information .

    Yea... I feel somewhat uneasy about removing software that was installed by default. Thems big and clever guys, I presume, know better what to include into the default installation. Perhaps for the good reasons I haven't yet even come to understand, but which are nevertheless of utmost importance.
    And thankfully there comes this easy solution to just disable this now unneeded piece of software.

    Changing backgrounds automatically... I used to enjoy it for quite some time, but then got tired of this feature. As I'm inclined to hide from reality in my computer, these beautifying features make it even worse. So in my case it must be: the simpler the better.
    After all, hiding from reality will be much healthier somewhere in the garden or out in the park, where your body can rest and get filled with natural things, it's soothig with no ill effects.

    OK, that's me. Others, I hope, have more control of themselves when dealing with their computers.
    Posted 07-22-2011 at 10:59 AM by kostya kostya is offline
 

  



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