1. Post #481
    Poke-Dude's Avatar
    September 2009
    432 Posts
    I hate this thread.
    First, I felt like "Goddamn, these desktops look awesome! Why can't my linux look this good?" I guessed that it was because I was using Unity, so I uninstalled unity-2d.
    I felt like trying out a new Desktop Environment; my linux machine (a laptop) isn't that powerful, so I looked around for a lightweight one, and settled on LXDE. I played around with it for a couple of hours, trying to change some default settings to make it feel a bit more like GNOME. It was pretty cool, but my brother (who was looking over my shoulder at the time) said it looked like shit, and wanted MATE, so we could use GNOME 2 again. I botched the removal of LXDE, so it remains on the logon screen, and MATE irritatingly brings its own versions of GNOME applications, so I've got 2 copies of system monitor for example.
    Now I'm considering making a backup of my linux folders and setting up Arch Linux with MATE or something else on the recommendations of everyone on this thread. It was 3 PM when I started this. Now it is half past midnight. Damn you guys.

  2. Post #482
    Esteedees's Avatar
    December 2010
    18 Posts
    I hate this thread.
    First, I felt like "Goddamn, these desktops look awesome! Why can't my linux look this good?" I guessed that it was because I was using Unity, so I uninstalled unity-2d.
    I felt like trying out a new Desktop Environment; my linux machine (a laptop) isn't that powerful, so I looked around for a lightweight one, and settled on LXDE. I played around with it for a couple of hours, trying to change some default settings to make it feel a bit more like GNOME. It was pretty cool, but my brother (who was looking over my shoulder at the time) said it looked like shit, and wanted MATE, so we could use GNOME 2 again. I botched the removal of LXDE, so it remains on the logon screen, and MATE irritatingly brings its own versions of GNOME applications, so I've got 2 copies of system monitor for example.
    Now I'm considering making a backup of my linux folders and setting up Arch Linux with MATE or something else on the recommendations of everyone on this thread. It was 3 PM when I started this. Now it is half past midnight. Damn you guys.
    I guess everyone have their own taste when it comes to desktop customization. But, yea, setting Arch up is a good idea if you want to shape it in your own way. If you need a lightweight Desktop Environment, use LXDE as you mentioned. Or if you want to try out a pre-configured distro, try WattOS. Very lightweight, and you can customize it as you wish (after all, it is a stripped down version of Ubuntu using LXDE)

    I constantly change distros, and right now, I'm on Linux Mint using Cinnamon. I like it, but it is kinda buggy, as it IS in development. With the right theme, Cinnamon can look really nice.



    I really want to set up Arch on my netbook. I can't risk losing all my games that I have on Windows
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  3. Post #483
    P320's Avatar
    September 2011
    957 Posts
    Lubuntu and Mint are super, super, super duper dumbed down though. You'll never successfully feel comfortable in a Linux environment if your hand is being held.
    I just need a Windows replacement, I don't want a bunch of terminal hangups. Just want to install, customize, and get working.

  4. Post #484
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    February 2008
    1,603 Posts
    I just need a Windows replacement, I don't want a bunch of terminal hangups. Just want to install, customize, and get working.
    try something with KDE. arch and KDE is what I use, and it works fine. just don't use btrfs!! it's pretty slow, although it finally has a fsck utility, I think. the main advantage with arch is the up-to-date and really comprehensive repository(you'll always be able to find the package usually, without having to add millions of repositories like ubuntu).

  5. Post #485
    P320's Avatar
    September 2011
    957 Posts
    try something with KDE. arch and KDE is what I use, and it works fine. just don't use btrfs!! it's pretty slow, although it finally has a fsck utility, I think. the main advantage with arch is the up-to-date and really comprehensive repository(you'll always be able to find the package usually, without having to add millions of repositories like ubuntu).
    Are there any arch-based "ready-to-use" distros I could try out a LiveCD for?

  6. Post #486
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    May 2010
    2,345 Posts
    Are there any arch-based "ready-to-use" distros I could try out a LiveCD for?
    Archbang
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  7. Post #487
    P320's Avatar
    September 2011
    957 Posts
    Cool, thanks. :)

  8. Post #488
    BBgamer720's Avatar
    November 2011
    482 Posts
    I guess everyone have their own taste when it comes to desktop customization. But, yea, setting Arch up is a good idea if you want to shape it in your own way. If you need a lightweight Desktop Environment, use LXDE as you mentioned. Or if you want to try out a pre-configured distro, try WattOS. Very lightweight, and you can customize it as you wish (after all, it is a stripped down version of Ubuntu using LXDE)

    I constantly change distros, and right now, I'm on Linux Mint using Cinnamon. I like it, but it is kinda buggy, as it IS in development. With the right theme, Cinnamon can look really nice.



    I really want to set up Arch on my netbook. I can't risk losing all my games that I have on Windows
    You won't lose all your games. Backup first just in-case you go full-on-stupid, the Arch installer has a really easy partition tool (Just choose your Linux partition, select it to format and choose EXT4). Before you reboot to your new installation you just need to uncomment the new Windows entry that GRUB generates.

    This should help:
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...Arch_Dual_Boot

  9. Post #489
    q0q
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    February 2012
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    Are there any arch-based "ready-to-use" distros I could try out a LiveCD for?
    Chakra is a KDE based subdistro of Arch.

    http://chakra-linux.org/
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  10. Post #490
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    December 2010
    18 Posts
    You won't lose all your games. Backup first just in-case you go full-on-stupid, the Arch installer has a really easy partition tool (Just choose your Linux partition, select it to format and choose EXT4). Before you reboot to your new installation you just need to uncomment the new Windows entry that GRUB generates.

    This should help:
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...Arch_Dual_Boot
    Yea I've thought about doing that, and I guess I really got nothing to lose. I'm usually cautious with Partitioning any hard drive with windows on it, because of previous misfortunes caused by being retarded when it came to doing so. I'll do that today, if I lose everything, well... Tough luck for me

  11. Post #491
    BBgamer720's Avatar
    November 2011
    482 Posts
    Yea I've thought about doing that, and I guess I really got nothing to lose. I'm usually cautious with Partitioning any hard drive with windows on it, because of previous misfortunes caused by being retarded when it came to doing so. I'll do that today, if I lose everything, well... Tough luck for me
    It's quite obvious if it's your Windows one because it'll say "NTFS". Just don't touch that and you'll be fine.

  12. Post #492
    Esteedees's Avatar
    December 2010
    18 Posts
    It's quite obvious if it's your Windows one because it'll say "NTFS". Just don't touch that and you'll be fine.
    Yea I know. Stranger things have happened. As said before, I'm usually not careful.
    As soon as I get my hands on 3 DVD's (to create a restore disc, you know, just in case), I'm going to install Arch on this here laptop.

  13. Post #493
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    November 2010
    7,935 Posts

    I pretty much just installed today, but whatever.
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  14. Post #494
    ask me about my title
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    August 2009
    2,415 Posts
    Ah that smell

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  15. Post #495
    P320's Avatar
    September 2011
    957 Posts
    I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 Alpha 2 (Today's Daily build)

    My screenshot looks like his above, only with dual screens.
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  16. Post #496
    I'd be lost in this world without my Hatsune Miku ^__^
    Takkun10's Avatar
    July 2007
    8,189 Posts
    I'm really thinking about going linux only on my home desktop and whenever I want to play games to just have virtual box with windows setup to play the occasional game.

  17. Post #497
    ask me about my title
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    August 2009
    2,415 Posts
    I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 Alpha 2 (Today's Daily build)

    My screenshot looks like his above, only with dual screens.
    Hot.
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  18. Post #498
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    June 2008
    4,495 Posts
    I'm really thinking about going linux only on my home desktop and whenever I want to play games to just have virtual box with windows setup to play the occasional game.
    A real install is vastly superior, but if your games are viable via Virtualbox, I don't see why not.

  19. Post #499
    I wasted a dollar on a stupid title.
    nikomo's Avatar
    September 2007
    15,989 Posts
    New install, need wallpaper, suggestions?
    Running GNOME Shell on Ubuntu.
    1366x768

  20. Post #500
    Gold Member

    July 2006
    1,093 Posts
    New install, need wallpaper, suggestions?
    Running GNOME Shell on Ubuntu.
    1366x768
    If you don't mind browsing through some for a while this website is great.
    http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/downloads/date/any/

  21. Post #501
    P320's Avatar
    September 2011
    957 Posts
    I just did a reinstall. I could only get dual-screens working properly in Unity 2D though, doesn't matter if I use the open or closed drivers; the results are the same. :/ And at login, it glitches for a split second, and I could see my Windows 8 wallpaper. Does this mean there's residual stuff in memory between OS reboots? Why else would my Windows 8 wallpaper flash at me in Ubuntu?

  22. Post #502
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    November 2011
    482 Posts
    If you don't mind browsing through some for a while this website is great.
    http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/downloads/date/any/
    Also, don't forget Wallbase.
    http://wallbase.cc/toplist/0/12/eqeq...68/0/100/32/3d

  23. Post #503
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    October 2005
    3,330 Posts


    I wiped the factory bloat from my laptop and made it dual-boot Windows 7 and Arch. The desktop image was rendered into text with a small program I wrote on my desktop computer. I'm trying to find an easy-to-use PNG library for C, or muster the will to learn to use libpng, so I could run it as a kind of an automatic filter for any desktop background, because I think the effect's cool :)
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  24. Post #504
    Glorious GNU/Linux Master Race
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    May 2010
    4,633 Posts


    I wiped the factory bloat from my laptop and made it dual-boot Windows 7 and Arch. The desktop image was rendered into text with a small program I wrote on my desktop computer. I'm trying to find an easy-to-use PNG library for C, or muster the will to learn to use libpng, so I could run it as a kind of an automatic filter for any desktop background, because I think the effect's cool :)
    care to share the program?

    I love this effect.
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  25. Post #505
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    December 2006
    2,638 Posts
    Infected Mushroom next weekend, London! Can't wait.
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  26. Post #506
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    January 2011
    2,551 Posts


    I think I finally like my Awesome WM setup enough that I'll stick with it for a while instead of messing with it all the time.
    I have been looking through this thread for some time, and setups like this still intrigue me a LOT!

    First, nos217, what font do you use? I have seen you use it quite a few places, and I love (!!) it.
    Second, Voxxik, the buttom bar you have? How did you get that done?

  27. Post #507
    Resident Beat Eater.
    wauterboi's Avatar
    August 2009
    2,894 Posts
    care to share the program?

    I love this effect.
    I really just want the background for my desktop. ^_^

  28. Post #508
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    May 2010
    4,633 Posts
    I really just want the background for my desktop. ^_^
    http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/1239/outputt.png

    Here is the original post from ThePuska:

    http://www.facepunch.com/threads/116...1#post34768646
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  29. Post #509
    Resident Beat Eater.
    wauterboi's Avatar
    August 2009
    2,894 Posts
    I'll have to load it up in Photoshop later to make it fit this screen.

  30. Post #510
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    October 2005
    3,330 Posts
    Sorry, the program is too horrendous and I won't share it the way it is. It does ugly stuff like accessing system-wide settings to turn off subpixel rendering. I'm still working on the clean version, which I will release if I manage to finish it.

  31. Post #511
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    November 2011
    482 Posts


    New Arch Install

  32. Post #512
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    May 2010
    2,345 Posts



    Finally decided to deal with Conky's tranparency, and I like the look now, although I do have one problem - If I enable double buffer the desktop icons disappear, and disabled, it flickers when it refreshes. Anyone know what to do?
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  33. Post #513
    P320's Avatar
    September 2011
    957 Posts
    Mu Ubuntu 12.04 (Alpha 2) Desktop after login:



    WHY IS IT SHOWING WINDOWS 8 STUFF?
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  34. Post #514
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    December 2006
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    I have been looking through this thread for some time, and setups like this still intrigue me a LOT!

    First, nos217, what font do you use? I have seen you use it quite a few places, and I love (!!) it.
    Second, Voxxik, the buttom bar you have? How did you get that done?
    Interestingly, that font is the default one in URxvt, but I think it's very close to Terminus (which I highly recommend). I am currently using profont and it looks like this:



    I think it looks better.
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  35. Post #515
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    September 2011
    957 Posts
    Russia called, they want their 1962 workstation terminal back.
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  36. Post #516

    June 2011
    86 Posts
    WHY IS IT SHOWING WINDOWS 8 STUFF?
    Possibly the Windows stuff is still in your graphics cards framebuffer from the last boot?
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  37. Post #517
    I'd be lost in this world without my Hatsune Miku ^__^
    Takkun10's Avatar
    July 2007
    8,189 Posts



    Finally decided to deal with Conky's tranparency, and I like the look now, although I do have one problem - If I enable double buffer the desktop icons disappear, and disabled, it flickers when it refreshes. Anyone know what to do?
    this color scheme is drop dead beautiful. I wish I had the motivation to make my arch install like this.
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  38. Post #518
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    July 2009
    1,258 Posts
    I am working for a project, and I need a stripped down port of webkit for linux. I want to use it to render webpages to image files. I can't afford having the large deps (GTK/qt) that the more popular webkit ports have.

    Anybody have any ideas?

  39. Post #519
    P320's Avatar
    September 2011
    957 Posts
    I am working for a project, and I need a stripped down port of webkit for linux. I want to use it to render webpages to image files. I can't afford having the large deps (GTK/qt) that the more popular webkit ports have.

    Anybody have any ideas?
    You could always strip down Chromium and extract webkit from it's source code. I'm being 100% serious, since that's the only open source webkit program I know of. I don't even know if it's possible to do, but an idea is an idea.

  40. Post #520
    Boris-B's Avatar
    July 2009
    1,258 Posts
    If I'm going to strip down a browser I might as well just strip down webkitgtk or webkitqt