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1<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?> 1<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
2<!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd"> 2<!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd">
3<!-- $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/xfce-config.xml,v 1.16 2008/02/24 08:36:44 nightmorph Exp $ --> 3<!-- $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/xfce-config.xml,v 1.20 2009/08/12 08:22:17 nightmorph Exp $ -->
4 4
5<guide link="/doc/en/xfce-config.xml"> 5<guide link="/doc/en/xfce-config.xml">
6<title>The Xfce Configuration Guide</title> 6<title>The Xfce Configuration Guide</title>
7 7
8<author title="Author"> 8<author title="Author">
16 16
17<!-- The content of this document is licensed under the CC-BY-SA license --> 17<!-- The content of this document is licensed under the CC-BY-SA license -->
18<!-- See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5 --> 18<!-- See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5 -->
19<license/> 19<license/>
20 20
21<version>1.12</version> 21<version>1.16</version>
22<date>2008-02-24</date> 22<date>2009-08-12</date>
23 23
24<chapter> 24<chapter>
25<title>Introduction</title> 25<title>Introduction</title>
26<section> 26<section>
27<title>The Xfce desktop environment</title> 27<title>The Xfce desktop environment</title>
56<section> 56<section>
57<title>The basics</title> 57<title>The basics</title>
58<body> 58<body>
59 59
60<p> 60<p>
61First, make sure you've setup Xorg as shown in the <uri 61First, make sure you've configured Xorg as shown in the <uri
62link="/doc/en/xorg-config.xml">X Server Configuration Howto</uri>. 62link="/doc/en/xorg-config.xml">X Server Configuration Howto</uri>.
63</p> 63</p>
64 64
65<p> 65<p>
66Next, double-check your USE flags in <path>/etc/make.conf</path>; you'll 66Next, double-check your USE flags in <path>/etc/make.conf</path>; you'll
67probably at least want <c>USE="-gnome -kde -qt3 -qt4 X dbus hal startup-notification xscreensaver"</c>. 67probably at least want <c>USE="-gnome -kde -qt3 -qt4 X alsa cups dbus hal startup-notification xscreensaver"</c>.
68</p> 68</p>
69 69
70<p> 70<p>
71Now, let's install Xfce. 71Now, let's install Xfce.
72</p> 72</p>
73 73
74<pre caption="Installing Xfce"> 74<pre caption="Installing Xfce">
75# <i>emerge -avt xfce4</i> 75# <i>emerge -avt xfce4 xfce4-settings</i>
76</pre> 76</pre>
77 77
78<p> 78<p>
79Next, add your regular user(s) to the <c>plugdev</c>, <c>cdrom</c>, <c>cdrw</c>, 79Next, add your regular user(s) to the <c>plugdev</c>, <c>cdrom</c>, <c>cdrw</c>,
80and <c>usb</c> groups, so that they can take full advantage of <c>hal</c> and be 80and <c>usb</c> groups, so that they can take full advantage of <c>hal</c> and be
208in the "Add New Item" menu shown when you right-click on the panel. 208in the "Add New Item" menu shown when you right-click on the panel.
209</p> 209</p>
210 210
211<ul> 211<ul>
212 <li> 212 <li>
213 <c>xfce4-mount</c> gives you a handy method of mounting devices listed in
214 <path>/etc/fstab</path> just by clicking your mouse
215 </li>
216 <li>
217 <c>xfce4-battery</c> is perfect for laptop users. It displays battery 213 <c>xfce4-battery</c> is perfect for laptop users. It displays battery
218 percentage, time remaining, power source (AC or battery), fan status, 214 percentage, time remaining, power source (AC or battery), fan status,
219 warnings, and can even be configured to execute commands at certain power 215 warnings, and can even be configured to execute commands at certain power
220 levels. This feature can be used to put the laptop into hibernate mode when 216 levels. This feature can be used to put the laptop into hibernate mode when
221 the battery is almost exhausted. 217 the battery is almost exhausted.
222 </li> 218 </li>
223 <li> 219 <li>
224 <c>verve</c> is a small command line embedded into the panel. It's quicker 220 <c>xfce4-verve</c> is a small command line embedded into the panel. It's
225 than opening up another terminal when you want to run a command. 221 quicker than opening up another terminal when you want to run a command.
226 </li>
227 <li> 222 </li>
228 <c>xfce4-mixer</c> is a volume control. It works with both ALSA and OSS 223 <li>
229 sound applications. 224 <c>xfce4-mount</c> gives you a handy method of mounting devices listed in
225 <path>/etc/fstab</path> just by clicking your mouse
230 </li> 226 </li>
231</ul> 227</ul>
232 228
233<p> 229<p>
234If you can't find what you're looking for in the plugins specifically made for 230If you can't find what you're looking for in the plugins specifically made for
242<section> 238<section>
243<title>Useful programs</title> 239<title>Useful programs</title>
244<body> 240<body>
245 241
246<p> 242<p>
247Xfce bundles a few useful applications, including <c>thunar</c>, 243Xfce bundles a few useful applications, including <c>xfce4-appfinder</c>, the
248<c>terminal</c>, <c>orage</c>, and <c>mousepad</c>. Note that the last three 244Xfce icon theme, xfwm4 window manager themes, <c>terminal</c>, <c>orage</c>, and
249will not be installed if you built <c>xfce4</c> with the <c>minimal</c> USE 245<c>mousepad</c>. Note that the last three will not be installed if you built
250flag. However, these are all very small, yet terrific applications, so they're 246<c>xfce4</c> with the <c>minimal</c> USE flag. However, these are all very
251well worth installing. 247small, yet terrific applications, so they're well worth installing.
252</p> 248</p>
253 249
254<p> 250<p>
255<c>orage</c> is a simple, handy calendar. <c>mousepad</c> is a barebones text 251<c>orage</c> is a simple, handy calendar. <c>mousepad</c> is a barebones text
256editor that starts up extremely quickly. <c>terminal</c> is far more 252editor that starts up extremely quickly. <c>terminal</c> is far more
268</p> 264</p>
269 265
270<ul> 266<ul>
271 <li> 267 <li>
272 <c>thunar-archive</c> lets you create and extract archive files using the 268 <c>thunar-archive</c> lets you create and extract archive files using the
273 right-click menu. It works even better when paired with the new graphical 269 right-click menu. It works even better when paired with the <uri
274 archiving <uri
275 link="http://www.foo-projects.org/~benny/projects/thunar-archive-plugin/">tool</uri> 270 link="http://www.foo-projects.org/~benny/projects/thunar-archive-plugin/">graphical
276 developed for Xfce, <c>xarchiver</c>. 271 archiving application</uri> developed for Xfce, <c>xarchiver</c>. Run
272 <c>emerge xarchiver</c> to install it.
277 </li> 273 </li>
278 <li> 274 <li>
279 <c>thunar-media-tags</c> lets you intelligently rename multiple media files 275 <c>thunar-media-tags</c> lets you intelligently rename multiple media files
280 at once, and lets you <uri 276 at once, and lets you <uri
281 link="http://thunar.xfce.org/pwiki/projects/thunar-media-tags-plugin">edit</uri> 277 link="http://thunar.xfce.org/pwiki/projects/thunar-media-tags-plugin">edit</uri>
297Next, let's see about adding some useful but lightweight desktop applications, 293Next, let's see about adding some useful but lightweight desktop applications,
298in keeping with Xfce's philosophy. 294in keeping with Xfce's philosophy.
299</p> 295</p>
300 296
301<p> 297<p>
302Though <c>mousepad</c> is nice enough, if you need a full-featured word 298Though <c>mousepad</c> is nice enough as a quick text editor, if you need a
303processor but don't want the bloat of OpenOffice, try emerging <c>abiword</c>. 299full-featured word processor but don't want the bloat of OpenOffice, try
304<uri link="http://www.abisource.com">AbiWord</uri> is lighter, faster, and is 300emerging <c>abiword</c>. <uri link="http://www.abisource.com">AbiWord</uri> is
305completely interoperable with industry-standard document types. 301lighter, faster, and is completely interoperable with industry-standard document
306</p> 302types. It can also be further extended with <c>abiword-plugins</c>.
307
308<pre caption="Adding a word processor">
309# <i>emerge -avt abiword</i>
310</pre> 303</p>
311 304
312<p> 305<p>
313Need a nice email client/newsreader that isn't as demanding as 306Need a nice email client/newsreader that isn't as demanding as
314<c>mozilla-thunderbird</c> or <c>evolution</c>? Try emerging <c>claws-mail</c>. 307<c>mozilla-thunderbird</c> or <c>evolution</c>? Try emerging <c>claws-mail</c>.
315</p> 308</p>
321<c>emerge pidgin</c>. 314<c>emerge pidgin</c>.
322</p> 315</p>
323 316
324<p> 317<p>
325If you need movie and music players, look no further than <c>mplayer</c> and 318If you need movie and music players, look no further than <c>mplayer</c> and
319<uri link="/proj/en/desktop/sound/decibel.xml">decibel-audio-player</uri>. They
326<c>audacious</c>. They can play most every media format available quite nicely, 320can play most every media format available quite nicely.
327and have a wealth of additional plugins available for additional functionality.
328</p> 321</p>
329 322
330<p> 323<p>
331Finally, you'll need a webbrowser. Nearly all graphical webbrowsers require more 324Finally, you'll need a webbrowser. Nearly all graphical webbrowsers require more
332resources than most of your other desktop applications. Still, 325resources than most of your other desktop applications. Still,
384</p> 377</p>
385 378
386<pre caption="Installing SLiM"> 379<pre caption="Installing SLiM">
387# <i>emerge -avt slim</i> 380# <i>emerge -avt slim</i>
388</pre> 381</pre>
382
383<note>
384The <c>branding</c> USE flag will pull in the <c>slim-themes</c> package, which
385will give you an assortment of login themes, including a Gentoo Linux theme.
386</note>
389 387
390<p> 388<p>
391Then edit the DISPLAYMANAGER variable in <path>/etc/conf.d/xdm</path>: 389Then edit the DISPLAYMANAGER variable in <path>/etc/conf.d/xdm</path>:
392</p> 390</p>
393 391
430<p> 428<p>
431If you installed SLiM as your display manager, there are lots of themes in the 429If you installed SLiM as your display manager, there are lots of themes in the
432<c>slim-themes</c> package available in Portage. Also, be sure to check the SLiM 430<c>slim-themes</c> package available in Portage. Also, be sure to check the SLiM
433<uri link="http://slim.berlios.de/themes01.php">themes page</uri> for more 431<uri link="http://slim.berlios.de/themes01.php">themes page</uri> for more
434themes. Creating your own SLiM theme is fairly easy; just read the <uri 432themes. Creating your own SLiM theme is fairly easy; just read the <uri
435link="http://slim.berlios.de/themes_howto.php">Themes HowTo</uri>. 433link="http://slim.berlios.de/themes_howto.php">Themes HowTo</uri>. Gentoo also
434ships a <c>slim-themes</c> package that you can <c>emerge</c>.
436</p> 435</p>
437 436
438<p> 437<p>
439Finally, Xfce has its own built-in compositor to manage window transparency. 438Finally, Xfce has its own built-in compositor to manage window transparency.
440This option can be found in Menu --> Settings --> Window Manager. For best 439This option can be found in Menu --> Settings --> Window Manager. For best

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