Friday, 31 July 2009

LXDE and Ubuntu

If you've got Ubuntu (or any derivative) and try LXDE. It has impressed me because of its light footprint in the system (I'm trying it on a netbook), its looks and functionality. The first time I saw LXDE was with Knoppix v6.0, and liked it much.

There's a concise article in Spanish at BolivarLUG with information plus screenshots. Summarising, runs acceptably on a PentiumII (192MB RAM), well on a PentiumIII, and very fast on an AMD Athlon 1.6 (the last two with 512MB RAM).

The only problem, if you have a laptop or connect to a network wirelessly, is that LXDE does not start the Network Manager by default. This solution was tried and tested on Ubuntu 9.04 and worked flawlessly.

You need to use the terminal. Of course ;-)
cd /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/
sudo nano autostart
All you need to do is add the following line at the end of the file:
@nm-applet
then press CONTROL X, press Y, and ENTER/RETURN. Log out and back on, and you're all set.

The only way I've found to add icons to the desktop (don't have much time to play with these things, sorry) is to copy the .desktop file(s) from the /usr/share/applications/ folder (corresponding to the application you want) to your home folder's Desktop folder.

Using the terminal, this would be an example:
cd /usr/share/applications
ls
cp gnome-terminal.desktop ~/Desktop


More information on LXDE at:
  • https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LXDE LXDE & Ubuntu
  • http://www.lxde.org/
  • http://screenshots.lxde.org/
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LXDE

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