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Old 07-03-2005, 10:23 AM   #1
burningsun1981
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Customizing Desktop thru Terminal


I am currently running DSLinux on a P233mhz, 2GB HD, 32MB RAM. DSLinux apparently has no built in gui program to customize my desktop. I found out to change my desktop background via command line in a terminal session.

With not having a gui program to customize desktop (i.e. . my background, change resolution, add or remove certain desktop icons) it seems the only way to customize my desktop is through command lines in a terminal session. But I don't know what the commands are. Also it seems that I cannot even lock my desktop when I'm away because DSLinux doesnt have that option. The only options are Shutdown and Reboot. Also, it seems to automatically go to a blank screen screen saver after 15min or so.

I would like to be able to customize my desktop, lock it when I'm away from the computer, and perhaps even have a screensaver instead of the default blank screen screen saver.
 
Old 07-03-2005, 10:29 AM   #2
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you could try a different distro with more desktop options--32mb ram is enough to run a better window manager than teh fluxbox that comes with DSL.
 
Old 07-03-2005, 10:39 AM   #3
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i always consider flux to be the best window manager, so maybe you should look up about styles/themes if you want something more eye catching. Try reading this from the offical site http://fluxbox.sourceforge.net/docbook/en/html/. Also for screensaver and lock download xscreensaver.

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Old 07-03-2005, 11:10 AM   #4
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yeah, i didnt mean better per say, i meant more noob friendly... or at least for him.
 
Old 07-03-2005, 11:13 AM   #5
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what would you suggest then, i dont think i have come across a newbie friendly window manager.
 
Old 07-03-2005, 11:41 AM   #6
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i think gnome is about as easy as wms come but he doesnt have enough ram for that (i think), but icewm is pretty easy as far as wms go... in my opinion at least...

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Old 07-03-2005, 12:44 PM   #7
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Gnome is a DE and no he would need a lot more then 32mb to run it. IceWm, openbox, fluxbox are all the same in difficulty i think, its just learning some commands and where the config files are.
 
Old 07-03-2005, 02:50 PM   #8
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xscreensaver

I hope to compile and install xscreensaver as soon as i get my cdrom working again.. see my thread CDrom stopped working.
 
Old 07-03-2005, 10:00 PM   #9
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I got xscreensaver installed thanks for the recommendation. please see my thread xscreensaverGTK i am having trouble getting it to run like it should.

THANKS AGAIN.
 
  


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