Linux on my Toshiba Libretto 100CT – iv

Posted 2006.10.29 0.00 in Computers/Internet/Technology

In part iii, I learned about the fluxbox window manager, and got partway through customizing my GUI. This time, I’ll finish customizing the GUI and share some of the various files.

The torsmo thing seemed quite interesting and has some good possibilities. I gave the .torsmorc file a thorough read, and then proceeded to edit the default file to give me exactly what I wanted: Clock on top, then battery and temperature info, then CPU load and number of processes, then memory usage and swap usage, then file system usage. The swap and filesystem stuff isn’t too important, but the time, cpu load, and memory status is good to know. And if running on batteries, the time remaining is also pretty important.

After getting rid of the extraneous junk that was cluttering up my screen, I wanted to customize the rest of it to give it a look and feel that I could really enjoy. The default fluxbox style Hat was ok, but I didn’t like the big graphic of Tux cluttering up the screen. The graduated screen effect was nice, but brown isn’t really my colour. So I copied the file /usr/share/fluxbox/styles/Hat over to ~/.fluxbox/styles/Steph and started editing. I changed things up, changed brown into blue, replaced Tux with another background image, and got the taskbar thing at the bottom to auto-hide. This left me with a desktop that I think is relatively clean, uncluttered, and with a colour scheme that I enjoy.

Here’s a screenshot of my Libretto desktop:
My Screenshot
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You can see in the upper left corner, the five icons for fast access to my five most-used applications. Terminal and Firefox being the top two by a long, long margin. And in the upper right corner, there’s the torsmo output of system information. The image in the lower left corner is based on an Xubuntu wallpaper image at the XFCE-Look site; it was created by xxxatarixxx. I clipped it and resized it to fit the smaller screen of the Libretto, changed the colours slightly, and then changed its background to transparent so it would fit onto the fluxbox graduated background. If you’re interested, you can download a tar of these various init and config files, by clicking here: my-configs.tar

Next time, we’ll look into some exciting hardware stuff that’s ideal for small size, small overhead, small linux applications.

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