How to enable the Insync Google Drive application menu in app indicators on XFCE

If you have insynchq.com Google Drive sync Application, you will find that upon start, it displays the icon in the app indicator area of the desktop menu bar. However, upon clicking the insync icon, it does nothing.

To overcome this, open a Linux terminal, and enter the following command: To stop insync: $ insync stop . . . → Read More: How to enable the Insync Google Drive application menu in app indicators on XFCE

How to use Google Drive in Linux with XFCE desktop or Xubuntu 18.04 LTS

Never could understand why getting Google to give a Google Drive client for Linux is so hard. However, there are several solutions to this and the Gnome 3+ Desktop Environment offers a good way to access Google Online Accounts.

If you use XFCE desktop with Xubuntu, it makes no sense to download the whole Gnome . . . → Read More: How to use Google Drive in Linux with XFCE desktop or Xubuntu 18.04 LTS

Firefox still running when re-opening after closing it on Xubuntu 13.04

A message appears stating that firefox is still running and the window needs to be closed even though Firefox has already been closed on Xubuntu 13.04. To eliminate this issue, enter following command in a terminal window. $ sudo apt-get remove firefox-gnome-support <enter>

How to open multiple buffers in JEdit like in GEdit or Mousepad

Many of us use a text editor to edit program code. The simplest and clean edit is GEdit on the Gnome desktop. However, if you are not on the Gnome desktop, you may miss it. You can use JEdit which is much more powerful, however, by default, it does not open multiple programs alongside each . . . → Read More: How to open multiple buffers in JEdit like in GEdit or Mousepad

Use GUI to add a new user with encrypted home folder

By default, Ubuntu 12.04 user manager does not allow you to add new users with encrypted home folders. Refer http://www.askmeaboutlinux.com/?p=1898 to know how it is done from the command line.

To add a new user using GUI, you should install: $ sudo apt-get install gnome-system-tools <enter>

This gives additional options that you can enter when adding . . . → Read More: Use GUI to add a new user with encrypted home folder

Alternative desktops to Gnome 3 – Mate, Cinnamon

Linux users who find Gnome 3 clunky, now have a choice in desktop environments. You can install Cinnamon or go with Mate, which is fork of the Gnome 2 project. Funny that the Gnome developers did not realize that over time, their interface would introduce inefficiencies or wean away their users to other alternatives.

Personally, . . . → Read More: Alternative desktops to Gnome 3 – Mate, Cinnamon

Linux Mint and the Mate desktop

Today I test drove Linux Mint. Must say it is one of the best out there for newbies and experienced users alike. Most of all, it is a cool substitute for Ubuntu or Fedora, if you are not comfortable with the Ubuntu Unity desktop or if you are not comfortable with the Gnome 3 desktop . . . → Read More: Linux Mint and the Mate desktop

Add Applications menu to Gnome 3 on Fedora almost like it was in Gnome 2

The Gnome 3 desktop User Interface lacks in certain Gnome 2 features like the Application menu, Shutdown button that many people were used to. This was a big gripe for all the loyal users for Fedora 16 or Fedora 15. Here is a solution to that problem:

Use the Frippery Applications Menu to get back . . . → Read More: Add Applications menu to Gnome 3 on Fedora almost like it was in Gnome 2

Modify font size, look and feel of the Gnome 3 desktop

# vi /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css <enter>

Replace all font-size with 10 pt or greater where font-size < 10pt. 10pt should be okay for most people.

This would apply till Gnome 3 comes with a GUI-based configuration editor to do this.

Install XFCE or LXDE as alternate desktops

It takes some time to get used to a new desktop environment, like Gnome 3. To help you get time to use the Gnome 3 graphical user interface (GUI), you can install the XFCE or LXDE desktop environments as alternatives:

To install XFCE: # yum groupinstall xfce <enter>

To install LXDE: # yum groupinstall lxde . . . → Read More: Install XFCE or LXDE as alternate desktops

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