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Old 04-03-2003, 01:50 AM   #1
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desktop in debian

Hi. I've just got linux debian installed. With 'startx' i get the graphics stuff but the icon-system is quite different than in MS Windows . If i start for example, xmms, it creates two icons, yeah, i now they can be hidden, but it's quite irritable anyway. So is it possible to make the icon system more like in win98, and how?
Old 04-03-2003, 02:02 AM   #2
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when you say "icons" do you mean the shortcuts that you have on the desktop?

have you got KDE installed? I dont know what version of debian you are using, though i would guess 3? I will also presume you didnt do a net install and installed from the three install cds? I presume you are connected to the net? if all these presumtions are true then...

what i would do is this:
1. open up /etc/apt/sources.list and coment out all lines with a '#'
2. add a line to that file:
deb unstable main contrib non-free
3. save and close that file
4. at the command line type:
apt-get update
5. when that has finished type:
apt-get dist-upgrade

these steps will update all the packages that you currently have installed. it may take a while as there are lots.

I know its the unstable version but there really isnt anything wrong with it, i use it every day at work with no problems whatsoever. Just run the apt-get update->apt-get dist-upgrade every now and then.
Old 04-03-2003, 04:20 AM   #3
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Do you click or double-click, if you double-click where one click suffices two appliucations will start. In KDE-controle center you can choose how your desktop is shown en behaves. There is also a style wich originates in Redmond, Washington
Old 04-03-2003, 10:19 AM   #4
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What WM are you using? What does your desktop look like? I have a nasty feeling you're using twm.
Old 04-04-2003, 12:53 AM   #5
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thats what i am thinking, which is why i asked if he had KDE installed.

if you are only using twm then the desktop will look very plain indeed there will only be a couple of icons on it and they wont have the 3d look to them. the standard KDE backdrop looks nice to look at.
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