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Stepped in something GUI

2006-02-22 18:52:24.650101+00 by Dan Lyke 7 comments

So I'm now a few weeks into using Ubuntu with the default Gnome desktop, using Opera as my email client. And I completely understand how one feature can be a deal-breaker on switching platforms. Whining continues in comments...

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-02-22 19:07:26.045376+00 by: Dan Lyke

Things that are driving me back to more complex configurations.

Metacity doesn't have:

I'm liking Opera's email client, except:

Overall issues:

So it seems like I'll be adding Dovecot, Exim, Fetchmail and Procmail anyway to deal with some of the missing issues in Opera's mailer. I'll probably be replacing Metacity with FVWM and trying to work in the nice application menu integration with that.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-02-22 20:34:37.007143+00 by: Mark A. Hershberger

Screen actions: try brightside. I don't know what you want, but that may help. After installing it, look for "Screen Actions" under the "System -> Preferences" menu.

first kernel at boot: edit /boot/grub/menu.lst. There is a bit about "static boot stanzas" and after that a line that reads "BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST". If you cut-n-paste the kernel stanza you want from the "automagic" list to above that line, it'll be the first to boot and kernel upgrades shouldn't touch it.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-02-22 21:54:17.094604+00 by: BenWilliams

I think metacity has all those features. Middle-clicking on the title bar sends a window to the back. By mousing on a window, do you mean "focus follows mouse" but the window isn't raised when you mouse over it? You should be able to get that by opening "System->Preferences->Windows" and checking the focus follows mouse option but not the auto-raise option.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-02-22 23:24:35.685636+00 by: Dan Lyke

Mark, brightside looks like it does one of the things I want (dragging off the side), but the system in question uses a mouse nipple (and I'm not even that fond of using Exposé on the Mac). And the workspaces are side by side, which I don't find nearly as useful as arranged in a square.

Ben: Cool! I've been trying everything but middle button. The problem with setting focus follows mouse but not autoraise is that the window still raises when you click on it. I want it to only change depth when I click on a decoration, not on the window itself. There's lots of times on the small laptop screen when I want, for instance, a reference material in front of whatever form I'm mousing into.

#Comment Re: [Entry #8688] Re: made: 2006-02-23 20:51:02.828101+00 by: Unknown, from NNTP

Dan Lyke <danlyke@flutterby.com> writes:

> Metacity doesn't have: [ snip ]

I've given up on Gnome. (Or, rather, Gnome's developers have given up on me, by choosing to target simplicity at the expense of ability.)

> * No APM in the default kernel.

No ACPI, or it just doesn't work for you? I think ACPI is The Future.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-02-23 21:03:49.255223+00 by: Dan Lyke

Hmmm... maybe I need to put a KDE desktop on something and play with that for a bit.

ACPI doesn't work on this hardware, and the portions that do work are far more complex and require much more tweaking than APM. APM just works. And my gut feel from reading developer's notes right now is that while ACPI is the future, in most cases it is, alas, the future.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-02-24 19:56:11.98674+00 by: baylink

FWIW, I've been living with pretty much the default install of KDE3 on SuSE 9.3 on my work desktop for about 6 months now. With the sole exception of weak PPTP client side support, there's almost nothing it's pissed me off with. Course I read my mail in mutt via ssh...