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Old 11-19-2005, 08:13 AM   #1
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hi,

I am new to linux, and I have to say its pretty difficult

I have installed debian, and then windowmaker as a window manager,
I like it but how do I change the resolution? its now damn low

and where do I get a program where I can just open/delete/extract/move files in a visual way, so I dont need to do everyting in the console?

and I dont really understand how to install or just run a program that I downloaded

and is there a way to maximize a screen in window maker? I cant find a button for that, now I just resize it, so its almost taking in the whole screen.

and how about screensavers? where can I set them?

hope some of you can answer my questions, and if you have questions about my questions, just ask
 
Old 11-19-2005, 02:00 PM   #2
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Originally posted by BackwardsDown
hi,

I am new to linux, and I have to say its pretty difficult

I have installed debian, and then windowmaker as a window manager,
I like it but how do I change the resolution? its now damn low

and where do I get a program where I can just open/delete/extract/move files in a visual way, so I dont need to do everyting in the console?

and I dont really understand how to install or just run a program that I downloaded

and is there a way to maximize a screen in window maker? I cant find a button for that, now I just resize it, so its almost taking in the whole screen.

and how about screensavers? where can I set them?

hope some of you can answer my questions, and if you have questions about my questions, just ask

=================================================================================

If you are new you'l be better of with kde or gnome desktop.

In these two you can easily change the desktop and the resolution.
You should choose one of the two. Debian has very good docs on its website. You have to read a lot and to learn. It is the same way as by win without learning how to, you don't get anywhere.

From there on you can use apt to install krusador that is a kind of file handling program like norton commander under windows.
You can copy , delete, move whatever you want.

Before you install read the docs, to which map it is installing in my Suse 9.3 system it was /root/.kde/shaer/apps/kicker and then you connect it with a nice icon to the dekstop.

There is nothing wrong with windowmaker, but I think most people use Gnome, KDE or the Console. I have tried it a long time ago, but I don't remember much of it. KDE is like windows, Gnome is a little bit different more structured, if you worked with dos, you can work also withe the console. But for all three you have to study first...................... a lot.

Screensavers - KDE as well as Gnome have a lot of them build in - you can also Google.

CloudBuilder

Last edited by CloudBuilder; 11-19-2005 at 02:02 PM.
 
Old 11-19-2005, 02:14 PM   #3
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Windowmaker is an excellent lightweight window manager but as such has less in the way of hand holding. So unless you need to run it I would recommend either KDE or Gnome starting off. Both of those come with graphical file managers, screen saver configuration applets and synaptic for installing new programs as well as many other goodies.

Is there a particular reason you chose WindowMaker.

If you wish to stay with Windowmaker - all is not lost but you'll need to do more work in the console.

To install any application in Debian all you need to do is first type :

apt-get update

this will update the list of applications. To check if an application is available type:

apt-cache search my application

Then to install the application type:

apt-get install myapplication

I haven't played around with Windowmaker so much so I'm installing it now. Hopefully I should be able to get some more answers to you soon.
 
Old 11-19-2005, 11:10 PM   #4
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Debian is not known as an user-friendly distro, but as a rock-solid
desktop and server distro. If you want to learn, stay w/ debian. If
you want something easier, go for Xandros, Mepis, Mandrake, SuSe,
Ubuntu, or some other easier distro. [Just stay away from Linspire -
it a crime to run as root (their default setting).

Sheng-Chieh
 
  


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