Joined: Feb. 2007
||Posted: Dec. 02 2007,18:09
|my Linux desktop icons keep reminding me of what's available on the system|
That's the wrong paradigm for DSL 4. With DSL 4, the concept isn't what applications are on the system, but rather what data YOU have on the system. Your files are linked to what's available so you drive the system from your files -- your data -- rather than by opening an application and then searching for the data. That's why you only need your /home/dsl folder on the desktop. If you don't want to edit with beaver, change the file association to what you use. If you don't want to open a link or local html with dillo, edit dfmext to associate it with what you want. You can do the same in pre-4 versions using emelfm or even mc (or even with rox since it has MIME-type associations and is also a drag and drop desktop), but dfm moves it to the desktop and integrates everything better without being heavy on the system.
|I'm sure that I'll clear this desktop as I learn to execute all the apps from a console with <command &> syntax. For now, it's a challenge to remember which letters make up the name of the [image_viewer] app.|
That's fine, but you can make it easier on yourself if you edit your .bashrc so you have auto-completion and then you needn't remember every name (type letters and tabs until you get what you want). I don't know if zsh's spell-checking fixes the case issue, but that's another option if you want to use a terminal to open applications; alternatively, you can symlink with all lower case for apps that have some caps. I don't know why you'd need to resort to a terminal if you're using keybindings.
Edit: If you want to use an app-centric approach via terminal, another option is to symlink or alias the applications with what they do -- e.g., link or alias xzgv to viewer, dillo/firefox to browser, beaver to editor, etc. I think it's kind of clunky to do all that when things have been done to make it more convenient out of the box, but whatever works for you. (end edit)
As far as icons versus menu goes, I don't know how much more "at your fingertips" things can get. The menu in jwm is a lot more familiar to those migrating from other operating systems than the one in fluxbox. There are already icons in the tray. There's already an icon for applications.
Is DSL oriented for "new users" or "older hardware" or both, and what's the compromise to be struck between the two positions? New users should be able to navigate the menu. Users of older hardware, including monitors with resolutions below 1024x768, shouldn't have to start deleting icons or turn off dfm by default. That's why I'm stuck with my position that a few desktop icons -- ~/, / as root, applications, and mydsl -- are sufficient and the rest can go in the tray and/or menu.
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