Monday, February 22, 2010

Debian 4

The GNOME is the default graphical user interface supplied with Debian. Similar to Windows, we have a Desktop after we log in. GNOME provides multiple desktops, which can be accessed from the lower right hand corner of the lower panel. The icons in the multiple desktop panel will update itself according to how it really looks.
Speaking of lower panel: We have two panels, the upper and lower panels. The upper panel is mostly for shortcuts and other menus, while the lower panel is typically used for window tabs. Panels are not fixed: You can rearrange panels by right-clicking them and clicking properties. In GNOME, you can do transparency effects.

You can also add new applications to the panel by right-clicking it and selecting "Add to panel". Things like dictionaries, clocks, battery charge and network monitors can be added to panels. You can update Debian through the system panel on the top-right corner. The update application allows you to automatically update the kernel. There is also a small icon on the top-right corner which allows you to select windows through a pop-up menu.

GNOME automatically mounts any media inserted. Mounted devices can either be accessed from the desktop or from Computer. The file system can be accessed from Computer as well, which brings us to the '/' folder. By default, the Nautilus browser opens a new window every time you go into a new window. To fix this, go to Edit > Preference > Behavior and choose to use the File Browser.

Shortcuts in GNOME are called Launchers. When we open a launcher file, we can see the syntax for writing a shortcut.

GNOME is a Window Manager and Desktop Environment for system users. GNOME stores individual settings beneath the ~/Desktop. ~ translates to the /home/ directory. ~ is the "tilde", which is pronounced as the "til-da".

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