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Pimping my fluxbox

Posted 08-27-2011 at 04:02 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)

Fluxbox is my favourite windowmanager for a number of reasons, but its default looks are not one of them. The included styles are mostly horrible and the default menu system in the Debian build has its problems.

I know of two decent sources of fluxbox themes:
Unfortunately both sources are dated - it seems the fad of creating themes for window-managers ended a few years ago. Nevertheless...
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In praise of ALSA and alsaequal

Posted 08-14-2011 at 03:55 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)
Updated 08-14-2011 at 03:58 AM by William (Dthdealer)

After a long overdue apt-get upgrade, I am now the happy owner of one more volume slider in alsamixer: headphone.

On a related note, 'alsaequal', a graphic equaliser for ALSA is a really under appreciated tool. I have set it to my default alsa device through .asoundrc:

Code:
ctl.equal {
        type equal;
}

pcm.plugequal {
        type equal;
        # Modify the line below if you don't
        # want to use sound card
...
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(UNFINISHED)How to install Debian onto a USB stick

Posted 08-08-2011 at 04:05 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)
Updated 08-08-2011 at 04:07 AM by William (Dthdealer)

This guide is in direct response to http://kpweb.homelinux.org/blog/index.php?id=17 - a guide that uses a rather roundabout and un-hacker like way to install Linux onto a USB stick using a virtual machine.

How to Install Debian onto a USB stick

Requirements

You will need the following:
  • A USB stick ( preferably larger than 1 GB )
  • A working Debian system
  • Root privileges on such a system
  • Time
  • An internet connection

I will quote...
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How hard could it be? A login manager in BASH

Posted 07-11-2011 at 08:34 PM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)

As I have previously elaborated, I hat the Gnome Login Manager. To summarise: it is bulky and slow.

I am currently using SLim as my login manager, for it is fast and very customisable. It however lacks a few features I want:
  1. Render of the date and time
  2. An easy way to receive a list of configured commands to for example, turn the computer off ( from now written as 'power commands' )
  3. UI elements to allow the user to turn the computer off without having to first login

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My SLiM style and my Flux keys

Posted 07-04-2011 at 01:34 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)
Tags feed, fluxbox, slim

This is my third post in the last half-hour. The best way to keep up is to get a feed reader and tell it to keep tabs on this blog's feed, http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...r-450341/feed/ .

Although I have not the most creative nor artistic mind, I was able to create a good theme for SLiM, my new login manager. The configuration files for themes are very easy to modify ( plain text ) and this is what I have come up with:

http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/slim.png...
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