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"Easy mode" with mint

Postby Suizido on Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:03 am

Hi all!

Although I am using Mint for several months now there are a lot of things I dont know.

I am interested in having an easy mode like there is with Xandros or Linpus (even nicer there than with Xandros). What is the soft that I have to install to have such a nice desktop menu?

Thx for your help.
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Re: "Easy mode" with mint

Postby viking777 on Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:41 pm

Could we look at it another way Suizido. What part of the Mint Menu is it that you find difficult? I used Xandros a few years ago and I will admit it was vastly superior at Windows networking than anything else I have ever seen, either before or since, but in every other respect it was terrible. I have never used (or even heard of) Linpus, but can you be more specific about what is so much better in that distro. It means nothing to me because I am happy with what I have, but I am sure that the Mint developers, who bend over backwards to make Mint easy to use - some might say too far, would be glad to read your opinion. ( I don't know that any of them actually read the forum that much but you never know, your voice might make a difference).
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Re: "Easy mode" with mint

Postby altair4 on Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:13 pm

I don't want to seem tooooo sarcastic but I looked at a screenshot of the Linpus Desktop: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linpus

If this is the future of the Linux desktop, I'm going back to Windows NT 3.51
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Re: "Easy mode" with mint

Postby Suizido on Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:33 am

I feared that people might react like you did.

For me its totally clear: if you want to use the whole desktop then you need sort of a menu for it. Now I only have four or five icons. I cannot imagine why you prefer the startmenu. I think it is by far not as userfriendly as the menu with linpus (btw: there it is only one klick to return to the normal mode).

Another example for this kind of navigation is my handheld gp2x which has gmenu on it:
http://archive.gp2x.de/cfiles/screenshots/gmenu2x.png

Use Win 3.1 if you like to but I think usability has a bright future. So I still want to know if there is a software that I can download that I can have such a nice menu on my desktop.

Greetz to wherever you are
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Re: "Easy mode" with mint

Postby Fred on Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:44 am

Suizido,

I have a suggestion for you. Take the icons that you wish to use and blow them up, or pick something that you might prefer in their place, and use them instead of the defaults. This should fill the desktop space, if that is your preference.

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Re: "Easy mode" with mint

Postby viking777 on Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:32 pm

Fred is right suizido, you can make your Mint desktop look like that yourself if you want to, add as many icons as you like, I am sure there is a way to increase the size of them if you want that as well. If that is what you want to do but you don't know how to achieve it then post again, I am sure someone will be able to help you, there is no special software required to do this.
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Re: "Easy mode" with mint

Postby infamous on Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:05 pm

altair4 wrote:I don't want to seem tooooo sarcastic but I looked at a screenshot of the Linpus Desktop: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linpus

If this is the future of the Linux desktop, I'm going back to Windows NT 3.51

:lol:
So after I got done laughing at this post, I checked out their website and what they are doing is actually pretty cool, even if it does make ur laptop look like fisher price. I think what the OP is looking for is Ubuntu net remix. I wouldn't be surprised if you could install something like that in Mint. Try searching synaptic for netbook-launcher. I think that's what its called.
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Re: "Easy mode" with mint

Postby infamous on Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:56 pm

OK Suizido, I did a:

sudo apt-get install netbook-launcher

which installed the program. then i tested it by launching it through the terminal like this:

netbook-launcher

and it works fine. if you want it to automatically start when you log on, you can add this to your sessions:

netbook-launcher

sessions can be found in the main menu under the preferences tab. if you want to edit which icons and tabs are displayed in the netbook-launcher, you can do this by right clicking on the main menu and choosing the edit menu option. I hope this helps.
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Re: "Easy mode" with mint

Postby viking777 on Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:54 am

Oh good work infamous, I didn't know there was such a thing for Mint.

BTW Suizido, if you want something simple (but very easy and functional) have a look at Gnome-do. I use this and it is really excellent and might suit you even more than a deskful of icons.

http://do.davebsd.com/preview.shtml
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Re: "Easy mode" with mint

Postby infamous on Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:01 am

also there are 2 more similar programs in the repos:
lxlauncher
matchbox-desktop

You may also want to check out docks like AWN, if you like mac style better.
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Re: "Easy mode" with mint

Postby garda on Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:39 am

What I like the most from the UNR (Ubuntu Netbook Remix) repository is actually its 'Window Picker' applet, which makes using single panel a snap compared to that boring 'Window List".

The launcher, though, is horribly sluggish and does not let me change the title that always says "Ubuntu". Or am I missing something?
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Re: "Easy mode" with mint

Postby infamous on Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:13 pm

garda wrote:What I like the most from the UNR (Ubuntu Netbook Remix) repository is actually its 'Window Picker' applet, which makes using single panel a snap compared to that boring 'Window List".

The launcher, though, is horribly sluggish and does not let me change the title that always says "Ubuntu". Or am I missing something?


I dunno the netbook-launcher doesn't seem slow to me. I don't think there is any way to change the ubuntu title short of downloading the source, modifying it, and recompiling yourself, but I may be wrong. You can just run the window picker if you want.
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Re: "Easy mode" with mint

Postby garda on Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:14 pm

I want to use the launcher on a shared computer that sits in our living room here. It is used by lots of people from various age groups and backgrounds and most of them are so very Windows-centric. I just want to make the user interface as simple and neutral as on most mobile phones. Thus, the UNR launcher seems to fit the bill.

Having downgraded the restricted nVidia drivers, though, it runs much snappier now. I wonder why nVidia still cannot make their driver work well on Linux.
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