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I decided to post a little introduction to myself here: Ask me who I was last March, and I would have had WinBloze 7 Beta on my main computer and would have been part of Micro$uck's test project for WinBloze 7 and would have been excited about it. However, that changed as soon as my network adapter changed and the new one worked with Linux. As soon as I tested the new adapter with Mint (I'd say about a year ago, in July 2009) I began to really value Linux for what it is.

However, I knew about Linux long before that. I started with gOS 2, which was my first distro. I had tried it back in about February 2008. I first learned about Linux back in mid-2007, from an article in PCMag that spanned several pages. I had quite a hard time back then, and Ubuntu Hardy was no different than gOS.

So then what took me so long from knowing about Linux to finally becoming an active user? My house was nothing but Wi-Fi. My mother set a secure wireless network up back then, and I couldn't connect to it because my adapter (Linksys WUSB54GSC) wasn't recognized by Linux. I had the patience to continue.

Then, in June 2008, my family got hit by the economic collapse here in the USA: The mortgage on my old house doubled and my family had to leave because of the rate increase. So, we were stuck in a hotel room until my family and I could end up in a new house. That Christmas, I wanted a netbook, and got my wish (the one I'm typing on, an Acer Aspire One AOA110-1545). It came with Linux preinstalled, and I liked it all around.

From then to June 2009, I still had WinBloze on my desktop, as Linux still didn't work with my wireless network adapter. Then, in June 2009 as I said, I got a new wireless network adapter, and in July decided to test it with Linux Mint 7. It worked, even from the Live CD! Now,

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GNOME Shell vs. the Terminal

Posted 05-16-2010 at 01:32 PM by Kenny_Strawn

I have seen posts to LQ that confuse the Terminal with GNOME Shell. They are two totally different things.

Let me tell you: GNOME Shell, which differs from gnome-terminal, is the proposed UI for version 3.0 of the GNOME desktop. Let me post a few screenshots:

The Overview, the first two screenshots posted, is the most integral part of GNOME Shell. It is where you manage all your "Activities", or, simply put, everything you do in GNOME Shell, from window management to workspace switching to application launching to accessing your data to opening recent documents.

The third screenshot shows an experimental menu that's supposed to give you options as to what to do with the current window, but for now just has one option: "Quit".

The fourth screenshot shows a pull-down calendar that appears from clicking the time at the top of the screen. Simply put, it is a perfect way to schedule events.

The menu in the fifth screenshot, called the User Menu because it comes from clicking your user name, is designed to do things like access the Control Center, show your account information, and log out or shut down the computer.

You can try GNOME Shell yourself, in these three ways:

The most out-of-date (but easiest) way to try GNOME Shell is by installing the 'gnome-shell' package via the package manager of your distribution. This, however, is not what you do if you want a bleeding-edge build.

To do that, you have to build it from source (in most cases). The Build Instructions should tell you more. It is much more difficult, but it gives you a much more up-to-date version of the Shell.

If you have a Debian or Ubuntu-based distro, you could also try the "Ricotz" PPA Repository. It is much easier than building from source, and also more up-to-date than just installing the package. To enable it:

In Ubuntu:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/testing
In Debian:

# add-apt-repository "deb lucid main"
This last method is what I used, as I have Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

As most of you pretty much know what the Terminal is, I am going to wrap up here. I hope this blog really tells you the difference between GNOME Shell and the Terminal.
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    Nice Blog post Kenny. Majority of my Desktops are lightweight like Icewm, JWM, E17, Rox Pinboard and Fluxbox. I do have a box with 64bit Ubuntu 10.04 with Gnome. Will try this out later. Happy Trails, Rok
    Posted 05-27-2010 at 12:40 AM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    And I still wish xf86-video-ati could run it.

    I tried again yesterday, this time with JHBuild instead of AUR, and it was about the same. It was unbelievably slow and became unresponsive, I had to log in another terminal and "killall X".
    Posted 06-06-2010 at 01:23 PM by MTK358 MTK358 is offline


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