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Old 28. Nov 2010, 10:41 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Yes, unfortunately you need to do this at every boot but only takes a couple of seconds.
I'd rather not go to the black dock but bear with the non-transparent panel which still looks better, at least to me.

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I am just making a wild guess here, but is it possible that MC is having success because he also installed Emerald. Maybe something was installed along with it that is helping with the transparency.
Unfortunately Emerald doesn't help in this case.
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Old 28. Nov 2010, 01:39 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I'd rather not go to the black dock but bear with the non-transparent panel which still looks better, at least to me.
Well I guess some folks were born to be radically cool and others to like panels
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Old 28. Nov 2010, 04:35 PM   #24 (permalink)
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In Peppermint, it has a Openbox session which you can log in. Openbox presents you nothing more than a black screen.

I added some scripts to the autostart.sh file so that the Openbox session will fill up the desktop with a wallpaper and show me the panel.

On the panel, the start menu is working. I can access to almost the same items as I run it in Peppermint session, except that the Logout command is not set.

The only working logout is to right-click the desktop and select logout from the pop-up menu.

Is there an easy way to set the logout command from the start menu?
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Well, my old XP laptop now has been reformatted; all the partitions wiped out, and now Peppermint is installed! (I did make an image backup of my c drive with Macrium Reflect beforehand.)

I got the built-in wireless card to read my DSL wireless router and am connected via my wireless!

In fact, I am drafting this using the new Peppermint and the new Firefox 4.0 beta!

I've got to do a few things, though:

1. Change the default theme on this Firefox. I hate the default theme.
2. Change the desktop background.
3. Install some add-ons like WOT and Xmarks, etc.

What else do you recommend?
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Old 28. Nov 2010, 09:25 PM   #26 (permalink)
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The only working logout is to right-click the desktop and select logout from the pop-up menu.

Is there an easy way to set the logout command from the start menu?
This one is beyond me and might be worth posting in their own forum?
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And so long as it comes from the official repositories 99.9% guaranteed to be malware free

This is my current Peppermint One desktop (Openbox 3.4) Showing the Komarom Dark Blue theme (Emerald) and various screenlets for clock and resources. I also use Cairo Dock but this is hidden and only appears with a mouseover. The wallpaper is a Mandriva screensaver image
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For us Peppermint newbies, can you explain how you got this desktop and what are screenlets? What is "openbox 3.4"? What is Cairo Dock?

Forgive my ignorance, but this is my first delve into Linux, let alone Peppermint.
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What else do you recommend?
Really pleased you've managed to get it up and running

The OS is so complete, I guess anything else you might want to add all comes down to personal preference.

I did install a small selection of Screenlets but giant digital clock excepted GKRellm will display as much or little of your system info as you might want to see. It's also more stable and less resource intensive. There's about two hundred skins to choose from. Just download the ones you want, hit "view" and "show hidden" in your home folder to reveal the .gkrellm2 folder. Extract the downloaded packages into the "themes" folder and then the choices will appear in the GKRellm config settings.

To show system temperatures and fan speed with GKRellm you'll need to activate the sensors although these are already installed. Just type "sudo sensors-detect" without the quotes into a terminal and answer "yes" to the questions. One does advise of possible complications so I choose "no" for this one and everything I need to see still appears.

Otherwise I installed VLC because I use this for everything and I like the "darklounge" skin which matches with my preferred desktop layout.

I also opted for Claws Mail because the new mail panel indicator plugin works without issue unlike Thunderbird which is OK with Ubuntu but I'm not sure about Peppermint.

As I believe you've into gaming proper you probably won't find much interest in those available from the software center but just in case you can't live without Mahjongg and Quadrapassel they're there to be had, amongst others

Emerald theme manager is worth a look if you're not satisfied with the choice of defaults and Cairo Dock adds some more glitz and is hugely configurable although the settings are a bit much if you haven't seen the program before.
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For us Peppermint newbies, can you explain how you got this desktop and what are screenlets? What is "openbox 3.4"? What is Cairo Dock?

Forgive my ignorance, but this is my first delve into Linux, let alone Peppermint.
Screenlets here:

http://gnome-look.org/index.php?xcon...d7dff1597e6aa3

Once you've downloaded and installed the main program using Software manager you can then download the individual screenlets and just drag them into the config window to install. "Watermark" is a great one to start with. Lots of individual options.
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This is Cairo Dock, again available using Software Manager to download and install.

http://www.glx-dock.org/

OpenBox is a desktop choice - you can forget about that
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Thanks a ton MC for your response. I've got the monitors all set up now. I'm choosing for now not to use VLC, but that's because I don't see much use for it immediately.

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I also opted for Claws Mail because the new mail panel indicator plugin works without issue unlike Thunderbird which is OK with Ubuntu but I'm not sure about Peppermint.
I've gotten Claws Mail setup to download my Gmail. It works great. But, for the life of me, I can't figure out how to get it to work with MSN email. (Yes, I've searched out Google.)

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As I believe you've into gaming proper you probably won't find much interest in those available from the software center but just in case you can't live without Mahjongg and Quadrapassel they're there to be had, amongst others.
I'm actually quite surprised by the types and numbers of games available. I've downloaded and installed a couple. I haven''t had time to try them out yet.

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Emerald theme manager is worth a look if you're not satisfied with the choice of defaults and Cairo Dock adds some more glitz and is hugely configurable although the settings are a bit much if you haven't seen the program before.
Ok, forgive some ignorance here. What do you mean by "choice of defaults"? Where can I find those "defaults"? I assume you are talking about desktop images and themes? I also assume that Cairo Dock is kind of like a theme manager that you can download/install?

A couple more quick questions:

1. Anyone know how to turn off the stupid laptop mouse pad thingie? I have a wireless mouse connected and I keep hitting my laptop mouse pad when I type and end up moving my cursor.
2. What, if any, type of security programs or add-ons do I need?

Thanks for your patience with this newbie.
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