[Novalug] more comments on Xfce with Ubuntu
bdalzell at qis.net
Wed Oct 19 18:09:02 EDT 2011
Hope this post will be of use to others at my level of sort of advanced
So I have been learning how to configure Xfce for two days now.
Things that were not obvious to me:
The way to get to the settings menu is:
(1) Right click on the rodent icon in the left of the task bar
Follow the menu down to settings (5 steps down in my setup)
When the settings submenu comes up look at the very TOP for
Xfce 4 settings manager.
This was confusing to be because before I figured out about clicking on
the rodent in the panel I had found that a left click on the
workbench/desktop brings up a menu with a bunch of options, the bottom one
of which is applications. Then when you move to applications you get the
menu you get from the rodent. but if you are in the wrong place on the
screen when you do all of this, the top of the applications list is out of
sight and the bottom of the list shows a number of Xfce choices but NOT
"Xfce 4 Settings Manager". So I thought there was something wrong with
my installation which I had done from Synaptic.
(2) The calendar application that goes in your panel is called Orage
(3) I also installed Docky. I am seeing if the added applications stay
with a reboot.
(4) I have not yet figured out how to get the icons on the desktop to
resort themselves alphabetically yet. But then I have not googled how to
do that yet either.
(5) I still need to get a temperature monitor applet installed in the
So an of now my Xfce desktop is starting to look a lot like my Gnome
desktop and the menus thing doesn't annoy me.
Problems: Double Commander seems to work fine. Gnome Commander does not
let me use the "rename file" option.
I have not found a substitute for the little gnome panel drawer
application which let you put frequently accessed documents in little pull
down drawers in the panel so they were not cluttering up the panel yet you
could find them easily.
So far the only time the computer has hung up was when I was playing
around with the screen saver configuration and when I went online with
Mindori. Firefox has not hung the computer up since I started using
I did try fluxbox.
It has a lot of configurations to be done from a text editor. I did not
feel like spending another couple of days learning how to configure it
but it does seem to manage the desktop with very little memory use.
Bonnie Dalzell, MA
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