Tagged: Gnome

Installing CentOS on Virtual Box, Part 3:  Finishing the Install 1

Installing CentOS on Virtual Box, Part 3: Finishing the Install

This is the third part of a series. Part One – Installing CentOS goes through the initial installation and settings of the Virtual box. Part Two – Installing CentOS talks about how you should configure the Hard drive. Now that the hard drive configuration is set, CentOS asked about networking. I accepted the defaults through the three dialogs. First, to configure the adapter. Second, to choose between DHCP or static ip address. Third, to select the computer name. I felt lazy, so I left it blank; had I named it, I likely would have named it mackerel or flounder or blowfish, since I name my computers for sea creatures. Next, CentOS asked me for my timezone. As is common in Linux distributions, time zones are identified by major cities, not by GMT +/- questions. After that, it asked me to establish a password for the root (administrator) user:...

Windows XP in Virtual Box 0

Windows XP in Virtual Box

I’m working on making a video of Arch and Virtual box and having trouble getting my microphone to work (I’ve not yet used a microphone with this computer). I’ll get to the last Arch post tomorrow, but, in the meantime, just for grins and giggles, here’s Windows XP shutting down in Virtual Box inside of Debian Lenny. Behind it is the Gnome Nautilus file manager and behind that is the Opera browser opened to the Linux Questions website.

Adventures in Linux:  Keys to Fluxbox Keys

Adventures in Linux: Keys to Fluxbox Keys

I have often mentioned my preference for Fluxbox as a window manager for my Linux machines. It’s small, light, and fast, and does everything I want. Lately, I have been perfecting my Fluxbox keys file, which manages key bindings (also known as hot keys). Windows users are commonly familiar with a few Windows hotkey combinations, such as ALT-F4 to close a window, or, if no windows are open, exit Windows. ALT-Tab to move from one open window to another. CTRL-Esc to display the menu. CTRL-x to cut highlighted items, such as text. CTRL-c to copy highlighted items. CTRL-v to paste the most recent item from the clipboard. Fluxbox gives me many more hotkeys out-of-the-box (most of which I don’t use), plus the ability to easily reconfigure my keys file, which, like all Linux configuration files, is a plain text file. Creating a keybinding is easy. You have to...

GWP 2010-10-27 #162: Podcasting During Midwest Hurricane 0

GWP 2010-10-27 #162: Podcasting During Midwest Hurricane

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt’s been a wet week here. Winds blowing hard – rain getting down in the Geek studio. Still, the show must go on! Halloween is Sunday and I don’t have a thing to wear. What should I go as? We also talk a little more about CES and I am looking for someone with MediaWIKI knowledge and also a publicist! Sponsor: Snorg Tees – Get some great tshirts today The video portion of this show is shot using Wirecast for Windows – Also for Mac OS X Sponsor: Backup Now, backup Off-site with Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Code “Geek” for 10% off! Check out the Geekazine Store Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Feedburner – Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter or Plurk Geekazine Myspace page Be...

Installing Slackware Linux, Part 6:  Some Tips and Tricks 7

Installing Slackware Linux, Part 6: Some Tips and Tricks

This is the last post in a series on installing Slackware Linux. The earlier posts: Part 1: Considered why some persons find Slackware difficult to install. Part 2: Partitioned the hard drive for a clean install, as opposed to an upgrade or a dual boot installation. Part 3: Formatted the swap drive and target drive and pointed the computer to the source media. Part 4: Installed the operating system and included software and configured LiLo (the Linux Loader). Part 5: Configured the network, time zone, mouse, and root password. This post covers some in no particular order miscellaneous things I’ve learned that have made using Slackware more easier and enjoyable.

Boot Shill 1

Boot Shill

When I saw this story reporting that Google’s Chrome OS, now under development, will boot in seven seconds or less, my [TIRADE MODE] switch went to the on position. The price you will pay for this fast boot is not having anything on the computer. From the description, it sounds like WebTV on steroids: True to Google’s Internet-pedigree, the Chrome OS resembles a Web browser more than it does a traditional computer operating system like Microsoft Windows, matching Google’s ambition to drive people to the Web — where they can see Google ads. (snip) Netbooks running Chrome OS will only be able to run Web applications and the user’s data will automatically be stored on the Web in the so-called cloud of Internet servers, Google executives said at an event at the company’s Mountain View, California headquarters on Thursday. If this is true–and it is consistent with all...

So, Naturally, the First Thing I DId Was Break It 3

So, Naturally, the First Thing I DId Was Break It

Then I fixed it. The new laptop arrived Friday afternoon. I spend Friday afternoon and evening doing basic configuration and Saturday fine-tuning it.

Fluxbox on Debian Linux (Updated) 1

Fluxbox on Debian Linux (Updated)

I’ve described installing Debian before, here, here, here, and here. By default, Debian installs with the Gnome desktop; other choices can be made at installation. Still other choices can be made later. (Try changing your desktop on Windows–you can change the wallpaper and some of the icons, but that’s about it. You can’t change the whole thing from one to another.) I’ve used Fluxbox on Slackware Linux for quite some time; I decided to get it running on Debian. Here’s the result.

File and Network Browsing in Debian Linux and Gnome 1

File and Network Browsing in Debian Linux and Gnome

As a little explanation, I specify Gnome in the title because, with other Linux desktops, there can be other file managers. They all do pretty much the same thing, but they can look different. Fun Fact: Google runs on Linux. If you have never used Linux, I think you will find browsing your files and home network looks a lot like what you are used to. In a Linux interface, as in Windows, there can be several ways to start a program. To keep this simple, I will show only one. File Browsing with Nautilus: The Gnome file manager is called “Nautilus,” I think because it goes under the surface. To start Nautilus on Debian, go to Applications–>System Tools–>File Manager. The File Manager will open to your home folder (a folder and a directory are the same thing. The word “folder” came into use because it described the...

Debian Linux Desktop Tour 1

Debian Linux Desktop Tour

Here’s a quick tour of the default Debian desktop. This is the Debian 4 v 5 desktop, but I looked at some screenshots of Debian 5, which just came out, and it doesn’t seem to have changed much. This is not a HOWTO. It’s the highlights of WHATIS. For a detailed description of the contents of Debian, you can go here. If you have never tried Linux, what I hope you will conclude after looking at the rest of the post is, “This isn’t so different from what I’m used to after all.”

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Getting Linux

If you want to try Linux, here’s how to get it. Some may think this post is very elementary geek, but I have two thoughts in making it. We were all newbies once. Even the most experienced and expert Windows home user may have never installed an operating system from scratch.