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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">
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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>1.14</version> 21<version>1.15</version>
22<date>2009-04-24</date> 22<date>2009-06-10</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>
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.
223 <li> 219 <li>
224 <c>xfce4-verve</c> is a small command line embedded into the panel. It's 220 <c>xfce4-verve</c> is a small command line embedded into the panel. It's
225 quicker 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> 222 </li>
227 <li> 223 <li>
228 <c>xfce4-mixer</c> is a volume control. It works with both ALSA and OSS 224 <c>xfce4-mount</c> gives you a handy method of mounting devices listed in
229 sound applications. 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>
299</p> 295</p>
300 296
301<p> 297<p>
302Though <c>mousepad</c> is nice enough as a quick text editor, if you need a 298Though <c>mousepad</c> is nice enough as a quick text editor, if you need a
303full-featured word processor but don't want the bloat of OpenOffice, try 299full-featured word processor but don't want the bloat of OpenOffice, try
304emerging <c>abiword</c>. <uri link="http://www.abisource.com">AbiWord</uri> is 300emerging <c>abiword</c>. <uri link="http://www.abisource.com">AbiWord</uri> is
305lighter, faster, and is completely interoperable with industry-standard document 301lighter, faster, and is completely interoperable with industry-standard document
306types. It can also be further extended with <c>abiword-plugins</c>. 302types. It can also be further extended with <c>abiword-plugins</c>.
307</p> 303</p>
308 304
309<p> 305<p>
318<c>emerge pidgin</c>. 314<c>emerge pidgin</c>.
319</p> 315</p>
320 316
321<p> 317<p>
322If 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
323<c>audacious</c>. They can play most every media format available quite nicely, 320can play most every media format available quite nicely.
324and have a wealth of additional plugins available for additional functionality.
325</p> 321</p>
326 322
327<p> 323<p>
328Finally, you'll need a webbrowser. Nearly all graphical webbrowsers require more 324Finally, you'll need a webbrowser. Nearly all graphical webbrowsers require more
329resources than most of your other desktop applications. Still, 325resources than most of your other desktop applications. Still,
381</p> 377</p>
382 378
383<pre caption="Installing SLiM"> 379<pre caption="Installing SLiM">
384# <i>emerge -avt slim</i> 380# <i>emerge -avt slim</i>
385</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>
386 387
387<p> 388<p>
388Then edit the DISPLAYMANAGER variable in <path>/etc/conf.d/xdm</path>: 389Then edit the DISPLAYMANAGER variable in <path>/etc/conf.d/xdm</path>:
389</p> 390</p>
390 391
427<p> 428<p>
428If 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
429<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
430<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
431themes. 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
432link="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>.
433</p> 435</p>
434 436
435<p> 437<p>
436Finally, Xfce has its own built-in compositor to manage window transparency. 438Finally, Xfce has its own built-in compositor to manage window transparency.
437This 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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