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Postby valerie on Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:04 pm

I'm new to Linux and already love it, but not yet ready to give up my Windows Vista because I like the side bar. When I come home from work I can look at the side bar and see how my stocks and 401k are doing, and the weather bug is on the side bar too. Also, my husband likes Vista because he is very computer illiterate and he can just log off my desktop and click onto a windows icon for his desktop. Is there anything like that for Linux? If so I am willing to erase Vista forever.
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Re: love linux but...

Postby JawsThemeSwimming428 on Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:07 pm

I have never used it but for Gnome I believe you can use these... http://www.gdesklets.de/
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Postby magnus0 on Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:49 pm

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Re: love linux but...

Postby IceCrystal on Sat Nov 01, 2008 5:30 pm

valerie wrote:I'm new to Linux and already love it, but not yet ready to give up my Windows Vista because I like the side bar. When I come home from work I can look at the side bar and see how my stocks and 401k are doing, and the weather bug is on the side bar too. Also, my husband likes Vista because he is very computer illiterate and he can just log off my desktop and click onto a windows icon for his desktop. Is there anything like that for Linux? If so I am willing to erase Vista forever.



Of course you will erase Windows Vista forever :D As magnus0 said, Screenlets can add a sidebar for you, i have also used Screenlets alot.
Here you have (if you dont have it) the Sidebar for Screenlets like the one in Vista: http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Sidebar+Screenlet+(with+docking)?content=63172.
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Re: love linux but...

Postby ronnoc on Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:27 pm

Don't forget about Google Gadgets...They can do everything you are asking.. and are OS independent :D

http://desktop.google.com/plugins/
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Re: love linux but...

Postby curt_grymala on Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:21 am

Sorry to bump, but I noticed that only one of the original user's questions was answered.

Also, my husband likes Vista because he is very computer illiterate and he can just log off my desktop and click onto a windows icon for his desktop. Is there anything like that for Linux?


Yes, there is. He'll still have to enter a password, but Linux allows users to click on an icon to bring up their usernames. In Mint (Gnome?), it appears to be called a "face browser". In order to activate that feature, you'll need to go into Administration->Login Window, then click on the "Local" tab. From there, make sure that "Themed with face browser" is selected from the "Style" dropdown. Then, make sure "Selected Only" is chosen from the "Theme" dropdown. Finally, you'll need to make sure that the theme you select says that it includes a browser. From the default themes installed, it appears as though "Happy Gnome with Browser" is the only theme that includes a face browser.

However, once you activate that, your husband will be able to log off your desktop, then click on his icon and enter his password to log in to his account.

Also, if your husband is extremely computer illiterate, and you understand at least a little bit about computers, you could do what I've done with my family's computer. I set up a "timed login" for the general family user, which will automatically log them in after a certain period of time. They don't have to enter their password or anything, it just automatically logs them in.

The timer allows you some time to override that setting, so that you can login to your account, instead.

To set that up, go back into the Login Window preferences and click on the Security tab. Then, choose "Enable Timed Login" and choose your husband's username from the dropdown list that appears. Finally, type in the number of seconds you want Mint to wait before automatically logging him in to the system.

If you set it up that way, all your husband needs to do is log out of your desktop and then wait a few seconds. Then, Mint will automatically log him in.

Good luck.

BTW - I happened upon this topic, because I am also looking for a good sidebar. Thanks for asking that question. I'm off to try some of the suggestions mentioned in this topic.

Thanks to everyone on these boards for the help they offer.
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