2015. január 8.

Gnome Flashback Services personalization on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

 Here are the settings and adjustments I made on Gnome Flashback Services (with Metacity) to meet my needs:

Setting up HP Compaq TC4400's native features

Pen features
  • Pen, eraser and button are recognized out of the box.
  • Pressure sensitivity has to be set specifically for the software you use.
  • Gimp setup for pen usage (pressure sensitivity and differentiation between the pen and the eraser:
    Gimp > Edit > Input devices > Serial Wacom Tablet eraser/stylus > set Mode "screen"
Screen rotation
On-screen buttons
  • Ctrl-alt-del button is recognized out of the box.
  •  Jog dial for scrolling: the code in my previously published solution works fine.
  • Pen activated buttons: not working. Linked solution have not been tested.
  • Fingerprint Sensor: not working. No possible solution have been tested.
  • Ambient Light Sensor: not working. No possible solution have been tested.

Setting up everything else


Terminal usage
  • works as usual. 
  • keyboard shortcut (native) to open: Ctrl+Alt+T
Bash scripts

  • works as usual (although only in Metacity version of Gnome2 Flashback)
  • to configure: right click on the workspaces icon in the bottom right corner of the screen > Preferences
  • keyboard shortcut (native) to navigate between workspaces: Ctrl+Alt + arrow keys
Menu panel (top and bottom) customization:
  • works as usual (except for how to reach the right click menu)
  • Alt+ right click to reach the panel menu

Synaptic Package Manager
  • install from Software Center
  • works as usual

File manager 

Nautilus went through major changes since Lucid Lynx, so let's see what remains of it:
  • Nautilus was renamed to "Files"
  • Compact View --> removed
  • File or folder selection by simply typing --> still exists
  • New Document > Empty Document --> still exists
  • Menu bar --> removed.
  • Menu button --> added. It's a gear wheel icon in the top right corner
  • ‘Go’ menu --> removed
  • Enter Location... --> added
  • F3 split screen --> removed (this is most annoying!)
  • Tabs --> still exists.
  • ‘tree’ view --> not default for List view, but you can set it in Preferences
  • Bookmark menu --> still exists. Only shown if there are items in it. 
  • Locations' default bookmarks --> added. Cannot be removed and icon cannot be changed, but name and location can be edited.
  • Backspace shortcut to return to parent folder --> still exists.
Nautilus scripts
  • Scripts folder was moved from /home/user/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts to /home/user/.local/share/nautilus/scripts
  • Right clicking to reach Scripts menu only works when you click on a file or folder.
  • Otherwise works as usual.
  • A graphical user interface to manage nautilus scripts now exists.
 Nemo is an alternative to "Files" (Nautilus).

  • can be installed from Software Center ("Files (nemo)")
  • works just like the good old Nautilus, with F3 dual pane and every other feature.
Nemo scripts
  • works just like Nautilus scripts.
  • scripts folder is /home/user/.gnome2/nemo-scripts
I chose Nemo as my default Ubuntu 14.04 File manager.
To set Nemo to be the default file manager, you have to follow these steps:
  1. To make Nemo the default file manager run in terminal:
    xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
  2. To make Nemo handle the desktop run in terminal:
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false
    gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons true
  3. (Optionally) To remove desktop shortcuts created by Nemo run in terminal:
    gsettings set org.nemo.desktop home-icon-visible false; gsettings set org.nemo.desktop trash-icon-visible false; gsettings set org.nemo.desktop computer-icon-visible false; gsettings set org.nemo.desktop volumes-visible false
More information on Nemo can be found here and here.

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