Linux Format (May 2016)

Linux layout is the complete consultant to the realm of Linux. no matter if you’ve simply chanced on Linux, or you’re a full-time guru, Linux layout has every thing you must utilize your OS. The editorial formulation is a mixture of beneficial properties, experiences and sensible tutorials that take on issues as a long way ranging as fitting software program to socket programming and community administration. Thought-provoking positive factors and interviews additionally supply a spotlight on key applied sciences, developments and concerns within the fast moving global of loose and Open resource software program.

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Another barebones window manager is Joe’s Window Manager, popularly known as JWM. Not only does JWM include a panel at the bottom but adds an application menu, a workspace switcher and a taskbar with a clock as well. Clicking on the desktop will also bring up its menu which has limited entries but can be customised by editing JWM’s configuration file. Besides these three which are very popular for crafting a custom desktop, there are several other options including Sawfish, Ratpoison i3 and Xnomad and a host of others Dress ‘em up In their default state, these window managers look very drab and lack the finesse of the mainstream environment.

The latest KDE 5 release has streamlined this crucial component which is now better laid out and easier to navigate. You can extend the options available in the System Settings manager by installing KCMs (KConfig Modules), which power the actual interface for the settings. There are several KCM modules available in your distro’s repos, ie there’s kcm-gtk which can be used to make GTK applications look at home on the desktop. You can install it together with the breeze-gtk theme. Once both packages are installed, head to System Settings > Application Style > Gnome Application Style and make sure Breeze is set as the default theme for GTK2 and GTK3.

Better still you can choose your own combination of window manager, panel and workspace switcher etc, and combine them together into your own custom desktop. In the next few pages we’ll list the components you’ll need in a functional desktop environment and familiarise you with the available options. Once we’ve covered the components, we’ll collate some into our very own custom desktop. Do some woodwork By far the most important component in a desktop is the window manager that controls the placement and appearance of windows within the graphical interface.

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